59 F. average high on April 18.
35 F. high on April 18, 2013.
Minnesota Weather History on April 18, from the Twin Cities National Weather Service:
1928: Chilly air moves across the region with a record low of 19 at the Twin Cities.
1893: Heavy snowstorm at Bird Island that would last until the 21st. 17 inches of snow fell with drifts 3 to 4 feet high.
1820: A tornado hits the camp that would soon become Ft. Snelling. This was the first tornado ever reported in Minnesota and it damaged the roof of a barracks, with no one injured.
Keeping It Official
For the sake of ease, continuity and accuracy official NOAA and FAA weather measurements are taken at airports around the nation. The Twin Cities official weather observations are hourly snapshots at MSP International.
But all weather, like politics, is local. This last snowstorm only brushed the airport with .3 inches of slush; a total of 69.8 inches this winter at MSP. But locals up in Mora, far north metro, would beg to differ. 94.2 inches of Sweet Saskatchewan Slush has piled up there this winter season; close to the 1930-31 record of 99.5". Hayward, Wisconsin has seen a record, jaw-dropping 108.1 inches!
At 75.5 inches St. Cloud is tied for the 5th snowiest winter on record; the 6th snowiest April, with 12 inches and counting.
I think the heavy snow is over now. Let's tempt fate. If it snows more than 2 inches I will personally power-wash & wax Amelia Santaniello's minivan. There. What can go wrong.
A sudden warm front lifts spirits into Monday; highs well into the 60s. Above average! Watch for a late-day T-shower today - more showers possible late Easter Sunday; again midweek.
We cool off into the 50s late next week but no more front-page-worthy mega-snows.
Trust me, I'm a weatherman.
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Photo credit above: "The dry bed of the Stevens Creek Reservoir is seen on Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif." Image: Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press.
* latest U.S. Drought Monitor for California is here.
* latest U.S. Drought Monitor 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.dpu
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* "5 Hotels for Chocoholics". CNN investigates.
TODAY: Intervals of sun, breezy and milder. PM thunder. Winds: S 15-25. High: 67
SATURDAY NIGHT: Showers taper. Low: 48
EASTER SUNDAY: Some sun, PM showers/storms develop, especially southern and east central MN. High: near 70
MONDAY: More sun, turning cooler late. Wake-up: 47. High: 68
TUESDAY: Sunny and cooler. Wake-up: 40. High: 59
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with showers & T-storms late. Wake-up: 39. High: 57
THURSDAY: Windy and raw. Heavy rain tapers to showers. Wake-up: 43. High: 54
FRIDAY: Showers taper, clouds linger. Wake-up: 40. High: 51
Map credit above: "Western U.S. trends for number of large fires in each ecoregion per year." Philip E. Dennison, Simon C. Brewer, James D. Arnold, Max A. Moritz. Large wildfire trends in the western United States, 1984-2011. Geophysical Research Letters, 2014.
Photo credit above: "University administrators argue that divesting won't make a difference, that it's not our job to "punish" bad actors. History does not support these claims." Photograph: Murdo Macleod.
* 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).
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