42 F. high in the Twin Cities Tuesday.
64 F. average high on April 29.
75 F. high on April 29, 2013.
.56" rain fell yesterday at MSP International Airport.
6.2" rain so far this month, second wettest April on record.
Trace of snow fell yesterday.
69.8" snow so far this winter/spring season. Not sure what to call this anymore.
"Keep your expectations low. That way you may be pleasantly surprised from time to time."
Good advice, especially for a meteorologist. Especially this "spring". Goldilocks had a point: rarely is our weather "just right". It's usually too hot-cold-wet-dry. The 7-Day Outlook should come with a 7-Day supply of Zoloft.
But here's what I've discovered: the weather has an uncanny way of evening things out. It may not happen next week or next month, but this cold, foul, puddle-infested FAIL of a spring will be balanced by an extended spell of gloriously lukewarm blue-sky postcard-worthy days.
Then again I have been standing way too close to the Doppler.
Any unwanted slush in your yard gives way to rain showers today as temperatures aloft begin to mellow. Puddles shrink tomorrow as skies brighten; 50s will feel like sweet relief this weekend as the sun makes a rare cameo appearance. Next week will feel like spring again; consistent 60s and even a few low 70s by the second week of May.
Like a cruel meteorological mirage spring keeps getting pushed back.
And as much as I'm rooting for warm fronts to reach our lofty latitude, my hope is that we have a quiet tornado year in Minnesota. Stay tuned.
* photograph of a new lake in a farmer's field near Cologne, Minnesota courtesy of WeatherNation meteorologist Bryan Karrick.
** Second wettest April on record in the Twin Cities. The Star Tribune has details. More data from NOAA here.
|Location||County, ST||Provider||72 Hr Pcpn|
|N SAINT PAUL 1 NW||Ramsey||EC||MN||COCORAHS||4.97|
|FALCON HEIGHTS 2 SSE||Ramsey||EC||MN||COCORAHS||4.11|
|VICTORIA 2 ENE||Hennepin||EC||MN||COCORAHS||4.07|
|COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 1 S||Hennepin||EC||MN||CoCoRaHS||3.87|
|ANOKA 2 SE||Anoka||EC||MN||COCORAHS||3.60|
|ST CLOUD AP||Sherburne||C||MN||ASOS||3.58|
|CHANHASSEN 1 SE||Carver||EC||MN||COCORAHS||3.51|
|FOREST LAKE 5NE||Chisago||EC||MN||COOP||3.49|
|ST CLOUD SCSU||Stearns||C||MN||UCOOP||3.48|
|MPLS LWR ST ANTHONY FALLS||Hennepin||EC||MN||COOP||3.31|
|MANKATO 4E||Blue Earth||SC||MN||UCOOP||3.20|
|ST PAUL DWNTN AP||Ramsey||EC||MN||ASOS||3.14|
• This is the second time in three years that Vilonia has been hit by a tornado. The last time was April 25, 2011, when a long-tracked EF2 tornado hit, killing four.
• Since reliable records began in 1950, Vilonia has seen five tornado tracks within the present-day city limits. Aside from 4/27/2014, there was 4/25/2011 (EF2), 12/24/1982 (F3), 12/23/1982 (F2), and 03/12/1961 (F2). Source: National Weather Service, Little Rock.
* 2 confirmed deaths from Sunday's tornado outbreak in Iowa. Details here.
EF-4: Louisville, MS
EF-3: Mayflower/Vilonia AR, Limestone County, AL (at least), Tupelo, MS
EF-2 : Union City, TN, Heard/Troup County, GA
EF-1 : Kimberly, AL (north Jefferson County)
- Enhanced Fujita Scale: The Fujita scale is used to estimate the wind speed of a tornado by the damage the tornado causes."
* forecast graphic above: NOAA and HAMweather.
Phones Are Giving Away Your Location, Regardless Of Your Privacy Settings. No, you're not paranoid - you are being tracked until further notice. Maybe if I start using my old brick phone...? Quartz has the story; here's an excerpt: "...A new study has found evidence that accelerometers—which sense motion in your smartphone and are used for applications from pedometers to gaming—leave “unique, trackable fingerprints” that can be used to identify you and monitor your phone. Here’s how it works, according to University of Illinois electrical and computer engineering professor Romit Roy Choudhury and his team: Tiny imperfections during the manufacturing process make a unique fingerprint on your accelerometer data..."
TODAY: Slushy start in some towns? Light rain. Still foul. Winds: NW 15. High: 43
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Light rain or drizzle. Wet roads. Low: 39
THURSDAY: Showers taper, skies brighten late in the day. High: 49
FRIDAY: Some sun, passing shower. Wake-up: 40. High: 55
SATURDAY: More clouds than sun. Wake-up: 42. High: 57
SUNDAY: More sun, nicer day of weekend. Wake-up: 39. High: 56
MONDAY: Unsettled. Risk of a shower. Wake-up: 44. High: 57
TUESDAY: Stray T-storm. Finally feels like spring. Wake-up: 43. High: 61
Photo credit above: "An aerial photograph of a coastal town in Samar province in central Philippines, taken on 11 November 2013." Photograph: Erik De Castro/REUTERS.