38 F. high on Tuesday in the Twin Cities.
51 F. average high for April 2.
70 F. high on April 2, 2012. Ah, the memories...
0" snow on the ground at KMSP.
Showers and possible T-showers Saturday.
Heavier, steadier rain possible next Tuesday PM into Wednesday as we slide into a wetter pattern.
In the end, tempertatures across the region for March of 2013 were 5 to 10 degrees below normal, snowfall was 6-12+ inches above normal (outside of southwest Minnesota), while melted precipitation was nearly 1" above normal (outside southwest Minnesota). Again, the southwest part of the state managed to watch the heaviest precipitation stay north or east of them, and as a result, southwest Minnesota ended up being the only part of the region to see below normal snowfall and precipitation."
Photo credit above: Leonardo Zavattaro, Telam/Associated Press. "Cars and garbage containers lay piled up after flash flooding caused damage overnight in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, April 2, 2013. According to city officials, at least five people were killed during the heavy rains."
» A weakened jet is more likely to form atmospheric blocks, which tend to create “stuck” weather patterns.
» The meandering allows Arctic air to plunge southward or warm air to surge northward.
» Combined, these two factors stack the odds in favor of prolonged hot or cold spells and contribute to stalled storm systems..."
Urbanization of an area changes the species that dwell in it. Previous studies have analyzed these effects in terms of loss of resources or changes to habitat, but this is the first research to focus on the effects of "heat islands" created in cities. Meineke explains that, "Urban warming can lead to higher insect pest abundance, a result of pest acclimation or adaptation to higher temperatures."
The study concludes that since current urban warming is similar in magnitude to the higher temperatures predicted by global warming in the next fifty years, their results may indicate potential changes in pest abundance as natural forests also grow warmer..."