54 F. high in the Twin Cities Friday.
69 F. average high on May 16.
83 F. high on May 16, 2013.
May 16, 1915: Old Man Winters last hurrah with 5 inches of snow along Lake Superior. Source: NWS.
Frost Advisory early this morning includes MSP metro.
70 F. by Sunday afternoon.
The Summer Solstice is a little over a month away, at least on paper. The tendency to tan (or burn) has nothing to do with air temperature, and everything to do with the sun angle overhead. Yes, it is theoretically possible to get a painful burn with temperatures in the 40s or 50s.
I'm so confused. So is the atmosphere sloshing over North America. A frost advisory in the metro, snow in Duluth? Flooding rains east of the Mississippi, while California endures the worst drought since the 1920s and Texas muddles through one of the 5 worst droughts in 500 years.
The United States of Extremes.
Dr. Mark Seeley says 73 percent of the days in 2014 have been cooler than average. If we don't see 80s until June it would be the first time since 1983.
Look at the bright side: our weather has to get better, and it will. The sun peeks out today; 60s Sunday and 70s on Tuesday. T-storms are likely Monday, but we should dry out by midweek with temperatures closer to average. Memorial Day weekend comes early this year. I'm happy to report it won't snow, in fact ECMWF models shows 70s next Friday, Saturday and Sunday with blue sky - maybe a few T-storms by Memorial Day.
Better late than never.
* file photo above courtesy of St. Olaf.
* latest California U.S. Drought Monitor details here.
Photo credit above: " " Marcio Jose Sanchez—AP.
Photo credit above: "Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News. "The Red Cove Marina still floats on water as Medina Lake levels continue to drop, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014."
Image credit above: "A map showing ocean height anomalies in early May 2014 compared to early May 1997. Reddish brown indicates ocean heights that are higher than normal while green indicates lower then normal ocean heights." Credit: NASA Earth Observatory.
Photo credit above: "The fiddler."
TODAY: Frost Advisory early. Partly sunny, feeling better about spring by afternoon. Winds: W 5-10. High: 61
SATURDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and cool. Low: 44
SUNDAY: Intervals of sun, milder. High: 69
MONDAY: Showers and heavy T-storms likely. Wake-up: 51. High: 67
TUESDAY: Damp start, then clearing and warmer. Wake-up: 58. High: 76
WEDNESDAY: More sun, less humid. Wake-up: 57. High: 69
THURSDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, lukewarm. Wake-up: 55. High: near 70
FRIDAY: Plenty of sun. "Pleasant". Really. Wake-up: 54. High: 73