71 F. average high on May 21.
65 F. high on May 21, 2013.
Minnesota Weather History on May 21. Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service.
2001: Record cold high temperatures set in over 30 cities in Minnesota including a chilly 47 in the Twin Cities and 39 at Grand Rapids and Pine River. A half-inch of snow fell at International Falls.
1925: Temperature takes a nosedive from 100 to freezing in 36 hours at New Ulm and Tracy.
Turning The Corner
It's been a ponderous spring: cool, wet and utterly forgettable. No kidding, Paul. The drought is fading fast, lawns are green, lakes brimming with (chilly) water. "That's all well and good, but am I going to be able to strip down to shorts, apply sunscreen and pretend it's May this holiday weekend?"
Next question please.
Although far from perfect I'm still cautiously optimistic you'll be able to salvage much of your 3-Day weekend outside. Saturday appears to be the driest day; an approaching warm front sparks T-storms Sunday into Memorial Day as dew points surge above 60F. A few misguided souls may accidently complain about the humidity by Sunday.
Timing warm frontal T-storms is difficult, but they often flare up at night, with some midday and afternoon sun. The model guidance I'm studying suggests that Sunday may bring the most widespread storms, a better chance of breaking out into a little hazy sun Memorial Day as highs brush 80F. A few downpours are likely - have an indoor Plan B ready to go, especially Sunday.
80s linger much of next week as the jet stream finally lifts north of Minnesota, allowing a more summer-like airmass to linger.
Next week may feel like July. Really!
Photo credit above: Chris Grenz in Denver.
Dayton, We Have a Problem. A webcam operated by Ohio's Department of Transportation showed evidence of a big back-up on I-70 north of Dayton, which was temporarily closed for a time Wednesday due to flash flooding from intense thunderstorms.
Graphic credit above: "A map showing temperature anomalies across the globe in April 2014." Credit: NOAA National Climatic Data Center.
Map credit above: "Map of all reported tornadoes during the Enigma Outbreak. Note that the northernmost tornado tracks may actually have been downburst damage. It is likely that there were many more tornadoes that simply went unreported, and some tracks may have been tornado families."
Map credit above: ITUC.
TODAY: More sun, lighter winds. Better. Winds: NW 10. High: 68
THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear skies. Low: 50
FRIDAY: Blue sky, feels like May. Perfect. Winds: SE 10. High: 74
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, driest day of the holiday weekend. Winds: SE 10. Wake-up: 53. High: 79
SUNDAY: Sticky with T-storms likely. S 15. Wake-up: 59. High: 77
MEMORIAL DAY: Some sun, pop-up T-storms. W 10. Wake-up: 63. High: 81
TUESDAY: More sun, humid. Late-day thunder. Wake-up: 63. High: 82
WEDNESDAY: Hot sun, feels more like July. Wake-up: 64. High: 85
Photo credit above: "A flooded area is seen in Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, May 19, 2014. Belgrade braced for a river surge Monday that threatened to inundate Serbia's main power plant and cause major power cuts in the crisis-stricken country as the Balkans struggle with the consequences of the worst flooding in southeastern Europe in more than a century. At least 35 people have died in Serbia and Bosnia in the five days of flooding caused by unprecedented torrential rain, laying waste to entire towns and villages and sending tens of thousands of people out of their homes, authorities said." (AP Photo).
File photo: Shutterstock.
Will Climate Change Affect The Future of Travel? Here's a clip from an interesting perspective from petergreenberg.com: "...According to the assessment, more than 1.2 million people move to coastal areas within the United States each year. Today, those populations make up 164 million, or 50 percent of the country’s population. Many of these individuals move for better work opportunities, tourism included. Almost 5 million Americans live less than four feet above the local high tide level for their area. These areas also include hundreds of billions of dollars of property. Additionally, more than 180 million tourists travel to U.S. coasts each year...."
Photo credit above: "A test rocket being launched at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia." Credit: NASA Wallops Flight Facility