42 F. high in the Twin Cities Thursday.
59 F. average high on April 17.
42 F. high on April 17, 2013.
60s likely Saturday and Easter Sunday.
Spotty showers, even a T-shower late Saturday.
Dazed & Amazed
There was at least one Minnesotan excited to see snow on Wednesday. My youngest son took a few days off from Navy aviation, got off the plane and promptly tweeted photos of the snow to his friends in Pensacola, Florida. The excitement was palpable. He may have been the ONLY person happy to see big, fat flakes falling in mid-April.
Another head-shaking, jaw-dropping weather moment - a 20 inch variation in snow; from a coating of slush at MSP International to 20 inches at North Branch. Wow.
Any slush in your yard is doomed, considering the sun is as high in the sky as it was on August 24. Spring isn't on a dimmer switch; it's either ON or OFF.
Our temperature roller coaster reverses course, topping 50F today; 60s likely this weekend with a late-day thundershower possible Saturday. As the front stalls a shower may linger on Easter Sunday. At least it'll be a lukewarm rain.
The extended outlook next week calls for bright green: a streak of balmy 60s leading up to heavy showers/storms by Wednesday & Thursday.
According to Rhett Bollinger at MLB.com yesterday's 31F reading at Target Field made it the coldest Twins game on record. Is snow season over? I think so.
Place your bets.
1. 135.4 inches 1995-1996
2. 131.8 inches 1949-1950
3. 129.4 inches 2012-2013
4. 128.6 inches 1996-1997
5. 125.3 inches 2013-2014
* latest U.S. Drought Monitor for California is here.
The national Harris Interactive Survey, commissioned by the nonprofit group FLASH, revealed “frightening perceptions,” FLASH said Tuesday in a release.
The survey clashes with the reality that hurricane evacuation zones are based on the threat of water, not wind, and nearly all evacuation orders reflect the threat of inland flooding and storm surge.
- See more at: http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/eyeonthestorm/2014/04/15/hurricane-survey-waters-the-threat-but-most-fear-wind/#sthash.6UHHm3wb.dpuf
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GOOD FRIDAY: Fading sun, a bit milder. Winds: SE 10-15. High: 52
FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 38
SATURDAY: Springy with early sun giving way to increasing clouds. PM thundershowers. High: 67
EASTER SUNDAY: Some mild sun, lingering shower or two. Wake-up: 48. High: 68
MONDAY: Partly sunny. Risk of spring fever. Wake-up: 43. High: near 70
TUESDAY: Sunny, breezy, a bit cooler. Wake-up: 41. High: 59
WEDNESDAY: Unsettled. Showers and T-storms likely. Wake-up: 43. High: 57
THURSDAY: Heavy rain tapers to showers. Wake-up: 47. High: 61
* Climate Central has a detailed 23 page report on power outage trends and the link to increasing outbreaks of severe weather impacting the grid here (PDF).
More, Bigger Wildfires Burning Western U.S. - Study Shows. Here's an excerpt from an interesting story at phys.org: "...The Number of wildfires over 1,000 acres in size in the region stretching from Nebraska to California increased by a rate of seven fires a year from 1984 to 2011, according to a new study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal published by the American Geophysical Union. The total area these fires burned increased at a rate of nearly 90,000 acres a year - an area the size of Las Vegas, according to the study..." (File photo: AP).
The total area these fires burned increased at a rate of nearly 90,000 acres a year – an area the size of Las Vegas, according to the study. Individually, the largest wildfires grew at a rate of 350 acres a year, the new research says.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-04-bigger-wildfires-western.html#jCp