67 F. average high on May 8.
78 F. high on May 8, 2013.
.58" rain fell at KMSP yesterday.
Too Much Warning?
As technology advances it brings up new opportunities and subsequent challenges. The average national lead-time for tornadoes (from detection to arrival) is 14 minutes, nationwide. Researchers are working on new algorithms that may lengthen that lead time to 45 minutes within the next 3 years. A major advance, right? Absolutely.
But anecdotal evidence suggests that having more lead time allows people to make bad choices: driving home from the office or picking the kids up at school - all of which increase the risk of becoming a tornado statistic. An odd conundrum.
Tornado season peaks in June here in Minnesota; yesterday was just the first warning shot across the bow.
Clouds linger today, the best chance of showers north of the Twin Cities. Fishing Opener starts out cool & dry, but showers push in by afternoon - highs near 60F north to mid 60s metro area.
Take your favorite mom to an early brunch Sunday; clouds thicken on Mother's Day with another surge of rain, heavy at times, Sunday night into Monday. Cool, Canadian exhaust on the backside of this next storm keeps highs in the 50s to near 60F much of next week. Nights dip into the 35-43F range, but no frost. No tornadoes either.
TODAY: Scrappy clouds, breezy and cooler. Showers north. Winds: W 15-25. High: 61
FRIDAY NIGHT: Partial clearing and cool. Low: 44
MINNESOTA FISHING OPENER: Early sun, then few showers, even a T-shower. High: 66
MOTHER'S DAY: Sunny start, showers/storms late and at night, some heavy. Wake-up: 51. High: 68
MONDAY: Rain likely, few strong T-storms? Wake-up: 55. High: 69
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, cooler breeze. Wake-up: 43. High: 61
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with PM sprinkles. Hello April. Wake-up: 42. High: 54
THURSDAY: More clouds than sun, still brisk. Wake-up: 39. High: 55
Graphic credit: National Climate Assessment, NOAA NCDC.
Image credit: Matt Brown, Flickr.