48 F. average high on March 28.
38 F. high on March 28, 2014.
March 29, 1986: Record warmth with July-like temperatures. The Twin Cities hits 83.
We live with risk; a dark potpourri of natural disaster threats that vary across the USA. Overall weather and climate risk is greatest in the southern USA, which hosts both tornado alley as well as hurricane alley. The safest major U.S. cities: San Diego, Albuquerque and Honolulu, but even here the risk from tremor, storm and wildfire isn't zero.
People living in Moore, Oklahoma have to be wondering what's going on. Last Wednesday's EF-1 tornado strike was tame compared to the three monstrous (EF-5) tornadoes that have struck the suburb of Oklahoma City since 1998. The town is only 22 square miles in size, but according to meteorologist Brad Panovich it's been struck by 12 tornadoes since 1950. An accident of geography? I wonder if the heat island of OKC might play a role spinning up more (major) tornadoes over Moore. Very odd.
A week ago today the southwest suburbs were treated to 9 inches of snow. Today the sky above our heads is warm enough for rain showers. 50s return by tomorrow; 60s midweek with a stray thunderclap before we cool off next weekend.
4 of the last 5 springs have been historically wet in Minnesota. Will history repeat itself again in 2015?
I doubt it.
File photo credit above: "This May 21, 2013 file aerial photo shows the remains of houses in Moore, Okla., following a May 20, 2013 tornado. There have been fewer tornadoes nationwide through the month of March than in the past 10 years. In Oklahoma, two years after deadly tornadoes ripped into the state's midsection, there could be a second straight year of an uneventful tornado season. It's part of what forecasters are calling a 'tornado drought.' (AP Photo/Kim Johnson Flodin, File).
Advanced Warnings Questioned After Tornado. More complaints from Moore residents highlighted in the Norman Transcript.
TODAY: Windy with AM rain showers. Winds: W 20-35. High: 52
SUNDAY NIGHT: Partial clearing. Low: 33
MONDAY: Clouds linger, late day shower? High: 57
TUESDAY: Partly sunny and pleasant. Wake-up: 41. High: 61
WEDNESDAY: Feels like spring, thunder late. Wake-up: 47. High: 64
THURSDAY: Intervals of sun, turning cooler. Wake-up: 45. High: 56
FRIDAY: Storm stays south. Some sun. Wake-up: 35. High: 51
SATURDAY: What April? Jackets return. Wake-up: 29. High: near 40
Photo credit above: "Maintaining a target of a 2°C temperature rise for the entire planet may still lead to the devastating effects of global warming, a leading climate scientist warns." Photo: USGS.