Risk of Spring
Curious new words are entering our weather lexicon, like "shower", "T-storm" & "mild". Phrases that simply don't compute, after barely surviving a brutal, Pioneer Winter. Like a therapist handing out free antidepressant samples, I keep reassuring friends, family and Minnesotans brave enough to ask that this too shall pass. And so it shall.
The jet stream finally buckles north this week, sending a therapeutic surge of lukewarm, Pacific air across the Plains into Minnesota. Most of the snow in your yard will be gone by Monday, when a few instability rain showers pop up. Instability shower? Now there's a new concept. By Wednesday highs surge into the 60s; 70F not out of the question, based on ECMWF guidance.
I predict precious little will actually get done around midweek, as Minnesotans abandon their cubicles and wander, zombie-like, toward anything resembling warmth - a Minnesota version of "The Walking Dead".
December through March was the coldest such period since 1936 for MSP. John Johansen points out the following summer was one of the hottest ever observed here. July '36 brought 5 days in a row above 100F, with an all-time record of 108F on July 14, 1936.
Not a forecast, but talk about whiplash!
* image above courtesy of funnypicturesplus.com.
Photo courtesy of KARE-11 and Ronni V, via Facebook.
Graphic credit above: "A hand-drawn map by Ted Fujita showing the 1974 Super Outbreak of tornadoes in the U.S." Credit: National Weather Service, Wilmington.
TODAY: Partly sunny and pleasant. Winds: SW 7. High: 56
SUNDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, not as cold. Low: 39
MONDAY: More Clouds. Few PM instability showers pop up. High: 57
TUESDAY: Breezy, slightly cooler. Wake-up: 38. High: 55
WEDNESDAY: Spring Fever Warning. Work optional. Plenty of warm sun. Wake-up: 35. High: near 70
THURSDAY: Mild start, turning cooler by PM. Wake-up: 44. High: 59
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, feels like spring. Wake-up: 39. High: 60
SATURDAY: Few showers, possible thunder. Wake-up: 42. High: 57
* image above: springbuzzle.com
* more details on where you can find the program here, courtesy of TPT.
* The paper "Recursive Fury" that's causing such a furor among climate denialists is here, courtesy of the University of Western Australia.