I was on a walk Wednesday and happened to stumble across a patch of green grass! It sure stood out in the sea of brown... I'm pretty sure my neighbor thought I strange as I stared at his lawn for a few minutes.
Dry in Minnesota
According to NOAA, the departure from average precipitation over the last 180 days (since September) suggests that much of the state is nearly 2" to 4"+ below average! Some across the central and northeastern part of the state may be nearly 6" to 8"+ below average!
More April Than March
By Paul Douglas
"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome" mused Anne Bradstreet. Yes, 60 degrees feels so much better in March than it does in October. Although not as brutal as last year, ANY Minnesota winter is, by definition, a rough winter. That's part of our brand, our identity. "Oh, you're from Minnesota? Sorry to hear about your winters."
By definition the greatest weather extremes unfold near the center of continents, well away from the moderating influence of lukewarm ocean water. That's why our climate is so extreme, with hiccups of newsworthy weather.
But not this week. A surge of Pacific air sweeps back into Minnesota Thursday, a stiff south breeze and ample sunshine tugging the mercury well into the 60s. Thursday's all-time record is 69, set in 1990. We will come close in the metro.
Highs reach the 60s every day thru Sunday before the mercury takes a minor tumble next week.
Yes, spring is ascendent - but don't get too attached to the hypnotic breeze swirling around outside. Not yet. Winter is sputtering, but odds favor a couple more cold, slushy slaps. Expect the unexpected.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and mild. Low: 39. Winds: SE 10.
THURSDAY: Sunny and mild! Nearing record 69 set in 1990. High: 68. Winds: S 10-15
THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly cloud, still mild. Low: 44. Winds: S 10.
FRIDAY: Plenty of sun, still very nice. High: 63
SATURDAY: Blue sky, less wind. Hello April! Wake-up: 38. High: 61.
SUNDAY: Fading sun, stiff breeze. Lukewarm. Wake-up: 37. High: 65.
MONDAY: Passing shower, gusty and cooler. Wake-up: 47. High: 50.
TUESDAY: Mix of clouds and sun. Wake-up: 33. High: 51.
WEDNESDAY: Lots of sun, comfortably cool. Wake-up: 29. High: 50.
This Day in Weather History
2009: The record low temperature for Minnesota for the month of March is set, with temperatures dropping to -35 at Embarrass and Babbit. St Cloud also sets a new daily record low of -15, which shattered the previous record of -12 that was set in 1956. The high temperature in St Cloud was only 11 degrees on this date, which set a new record for the lowest maximum temperature. This broke the previous record low maximum temperature of 12 degrees that was set in 1896.
1990: The temperature at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport hits a record-setting 69 degrees.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 39F (Record 69F in 1990)
Average Low: 23F (Record: -8F in 1956)
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Moon Phase for March 12th at Midnight
0.5 Days Before Last Quarter
Minneapolis Temp Trend
If you've been enjoying the recent mild weather, you'll be happy to know that more mild weather is on the way! In fact, highs in the 50s and 60s will be fairly common through the next several days. We may take a bit of a hit early next week and level off to near normal temps, but the good news is that I don't see anything Arctic over the next couple of weeks.
Thursday Temperature Outlook
Thursday looks like another very mild day across the region with highs in the 60s and 70s across far southern MN. Keep in mind that the average high for Minneapolis on March 13th is 39F; the record for March 13th is 69F set in 1990.
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