1935: An unusually late snow, sleet and ice storm over east central Minnesota. The heaviest ice was between St. Paul and Forest Lake and westward to Buffalo in Wright County, with snow and ice accumulations of 1 to 1.5 inches on wires. The Downtown Minneapolis weather bureau recorded 3 inches of snow.
Welcome to May, as in spring MAY finally arrive this month. We're due for a major shift in the pattern and with a potentially major El Nino brewing don't be surprised if we go from nagging chill to record warmth later in 2014.
We're all feeling pretty bruised & battered though right about now. Factoring cold and snow it was the toughest winter in a generation. April was the second wettest on record for the Twin Cities with 6.25" of rain.
On a positive note: no drought, no severe storms (it's been too chilly) and lawn-mowing season has been delayed by a couple weeks.
That's about to change. The model guidance I'm staring at shows a big northward bulge in the jet stream next week, with a few 60s likely, even a shot at low 70s by midweek. I can't wait until friends and family start griping about the heat. Next week should at least partially restore your faith in a Minnesota spring.
The same stalled storm rotates more bands of showers into town today, but skies brighten Friday - upper 50s for Saturday & Sunday.
My son is a Navy helicopter pilot. I remind him not to push the weather, in a helicopter or a Camry for that matter. Tuesday night, driving through historic rains in Pensacola, he did just that. 2 hurricane's worth of rain fell in less than 8-10 hours. Somehow he was able to find his way home amidst swamped police cruisers, flooded cars and washed out highways. He was lucky.
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Pensacola averages: 4.35" for the month of April; 65.35" for the year.
Mobile: 11.24" at the airport made it the 3rd-rainiest day EVER there and the wettest since April 13th, 1955.
Mobile averages: 4.79" for April; 66.20" for the year.
* thanks to WeatherNation meteorologist Chris Bianchi for compiling these rainfall reports.
Photo credit above: "A small boat suspected to be from the 2011 Japanese tsunami was found on April 28 2014, washed ashore in Ocean Shores, Wash." (Photo: Karen Rasmussen via Ocean Shores Police Dept.)
4. San Francisco
5. Portland, Ore.
6. Washington, D.C.
7. Las Vegas..."
TODAY: More light rain showers and sprinkles. Ducks are happy. Winds: NW 15. High: 49
THURSDAY NIGHT: Clouds, a few sprinkles. Low: 38
FRIDAY: Some sun, milder, with a passing shower or two. High: 58
SATURDAY: Mix of clouds and sun. Better. Wake-up: 40. High: 57
SUNDAY: AM shower south? Some sun. Wake-up: 39. High: near 60
MONDAY: Unsettled, risk of a shower. Wake-up: 43. High: 59
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, feels like spring again. Wake-up: 45. High: 64
WEDNESDAY: Milder, few T-storms possible. Wake-up: 50. High: 71