60s likely next week; 70s possible Wednesday.
So it's come to this. Yesterday, when the sun finally came out in all its glory, the meteorologists I work with crept up to the Amish Doppler (window) and began clapping. Kind of sad. Moss is now forming on my north side. Daffodils coming up in the yard are doing the backstroke, but my rice paddies are coming along nicely.
Nearly 10 inches of precipitation has fallen on MSP since January 1, 3.63 inches wetter than average. With any luck a deepening drought spreading from California to the Plains won't creep back up to our latitude.
I still see a cool bias into much of May; the core of the jet stream still 200-400 miles farther south than usual for this time of year. But we're stumbling in the right direction.
Showers sprout near Duluth later today, but much of Minnesota salvages some sun with highs near 60F. A few light showers may brush far southern Minnesota Sunday morning - heavier T-storms are brewing for the middle of next week. A few could even be severe as temperatures rise above 70F.
In today's weather blog below: CO2 levels hit a new record, the most Great Lakes ice in April since 1973 and Minnesota ice-out dates are running 8 days later than average.
Never a dull moment.
- April precipitation totals were variable across Minnesota, ranging from less than two inches in southwest and north central Minnesota counties, to over six inches in east central, south central and southeast Minnesota locales. In the wetter areas, monthly precipitation totals approached or exceeded all-time record highs for the month of April.
- Average monthly temperatures for April in Minnesota were below historical averages. It was the sixth consecutive month of below-average temperatures.
- The U. S. Drought Monitor places portions of southwest Minnesota in the Moderate Drought category.
- Stream discharge values are high to very high at most Minnesota monitoring locations. Minor flooding is occurring in some areas. Moderate flooding is underway or projected at a few locales along the Red River of the North.
- Most lakes in the northern one-quarter of Minnesota remain ice covered. This spring, lake ice out dates are approximately eight days later than historical median ice out dates, but 10 days earlier than in 2013.
Speaking of ice....
Image credit above: U.S. Drought Portal.
Photo credit above: Laurie Burkitt/The Wall Street Journal.
TODAY: Partly sunny, stiff breeze. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 58
SATURDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and cool. Low: 42
SUNDAY: Sunny intervals. Showers far southern Minnesota. High: 57
MONDAY: Early shower, then partial clearing. Wake-up: 43. High: 57
TUESDAY: Breezy, turning milder with some sun. Wake-up: 41. High: 63
WEDNESDAY: Warmer with T-storms, some strong/severe? Wake-up: 54. High: 74
THURSDAY: Periods of rain, possibly heavy. Wake-up: 51. High: 63
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, drying out. Wake-up: 48. High: 65
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