I've taken all my meds and I'm determined to put a positive spin on today's weather update. Hey, I'm in the mood for Minnesota Wild hockey! Bug & humidity season has been delayed until further notice. No springy weather to distract me from the stack of work in my weather-cubicle. And farmers are breathing a collective sigh of relief. The drought is dead, a million dollar rain event.
Pete Boulay at the State Climate Office logged 5.45 inches of rain in the Twin Cities as of 1 PM yesterday, making this the 4th wettest April on record, to date. The wettest April? 7 inches fell in 2001. Let's go for a record and add a few new lakes while we're at it!
Welcome to the coldest day of the week. The same stalled storm pumping tropical moisture into Minnesota is also yanking chilly air out of Canada. It may be cold enough for wet snow to mix in with the rain at times today into tonight; maybe a slushy inch or two on lawns and dazed robins north of the MSP metro area. Deep breaths.
Another inch of rain falls before the sun peeks out Friday - more showers arrive by Saturday night. Yes, the overall pattern looks cool & wet.
Too chilly for tornadoes. Did I mention that?
Please wake me when spring arrives.
* Jon Howard took the photo above at the Elm Creek bike trail, which is on the border of Maple Grove & Champlin.
Minneapolis-St Paul Area (MN)
Year Value Rank
2001 7.00" 1
2006 5.97" 2
1986 5.88" 3
2014 5.45" 4 (through 1pm April 28)
* thanks to Pete Boulay at the Minnesota Climatology Working Group for providing me with an update.
* Flood Watch on the Mississippi River downriver from Winona and La Crosse. With more heavy rain high water levels may rise within 1 foot of flood stage in the coming days. Details here.
Severe Holding Pattern. The same stalled storm responsible for persistent rain (and some wet snow) from the Great Lakes into the Midwest and Dakotas will spawn another severe weather outbreak later today - a moderate risk of storms over eastern Mississippi and much of Alabama implies another threat of large, violent tornadoes - in pretty much the same area that was impacted Monday. Source: NOAA SPC.
Photo credit: Danny Johnston, Associated Press.
* tornado survivors in Mayflower, Arkansas recount their terrifying ordeal, courtesy of NBC News.
* NOAA has all the ENSO/El Nino details you need to know here.
TODAY: WIndy and raw. Rain mixed with snow. Slush north. WInds: NE 20. High: 38
TUESDAY NIGHT: Rain/snow mix, slushy lawns and fields, especially north of MSP. Low: 35
WEDNESDAY: Slushy lawns early? More rain likely. High: 41
THURSDAY: Showers taper. Sunscreen optional. Wake-up: 37. High: 43
FRIDAY: Intervals of sun, better. Wake-up: 36. High: 55
SATURDAY: Some sun, showers at night. Wake-up: 39. High: 56
SUNDAY: Damp start, then slow clearing. Wake-up: 42. High: 55
MONDAY: Unsettled, risk of showers. Wake-up: 39. High: 57
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Graphic credit above: "Vegetation growth for late January 2014. Brown is below average; green is above average. The green areas in the Sierra Nevada mountains would normally be covered in snow at this time of year". NASA Earth Observatory/Jesse Allen
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