Welcome to the 9th month in a row of drier than normal weather for most of Minnesota. You have to go back to June, 2014 for a wetter than average month, when a record 11.36 inches fell at MSP. I have fond memories of vacuuming up muddy water in my basement. Since then the biggest, wettest storms have taken a southerly detour.
Unless the pattern breaks, and soon, we may be facing significant drought by mid-summer. It's too early to panic but the more I stare at the maps the more concerned I become.
And new research from Keith Harding and Peter Snyder at the University of Minnesota suggests that a rapidly changing climate may be sparking fewer summer storms over the Northern Hemisphere. More days between rain events, but when it does rain it comes down in a tropical deluge - much of that water running off and not soaking into the soil. Fluke or trend? Stay tuned.
Now that we've seen a freakishly early run of 60s and 70s, now that we're hopelessly spoiled, 40s and 50s into next week will feel like a cool front. You may even need a jacket this weekend as highs struggle to reach 40F but subzero nights are behind us now.
Any tournament storms? Are you kidding me?
It doesn't rain or snow here anymore.
* File photo above: Seth Perlman, AP.
TODAY: Clouds increase during the day. Winds: SW 5-10. High: 46
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, passing sprinkle or flurry. Low: 32
THURSDAY: Clouds linger, above average temps. High: 49
FRIDAY: More clouds than sun, quiet. Wake-up: 34. High: near 50
SATURDAY: Sunny intervals, turning cooler. Wake-up: 31. High: 39
SUNDAY: Bright sun, light winds. Wake-up: 25. High: 40
MONDAY: Clouds increase, late shower? Wake-up: 27. High: 43
TUESDAY: Some sun, milder breeze kicks in. Wake-up: 29. High: 51
Photo credit above: "Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and research scientist in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale, speaks Tuesday, March 10, as part of the Heuermann Lectures in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln." (Craig Chandler/UNL Communications).
Image credit: "Arctic sea ice extent for 2015 compared to other recent years and the recent average. The likely winter peak indicated with arrow." National Snow and Ice Data Center and Mashable.
Photo credit above: "Samuel, only his first name given, kicks a ball through the ruins of their family home as his father, Phillip, at back, picks through the debris in Port Vila, Vanuatu in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam Monday, March 16, 2015. Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale said Monday that the cyclone that hammered the tiny South Pacific archipelago over the weekend was a "monster" that has destroyed or damaged 90 percent of the buildings in the capital and has forced the nation to start anew." (AP Photo/Dave Hunt, Pool)