52 F. average high on April 4.
40 F. high on April 4, 2014.
32.1" snow so far this winter season at KMSP.
69.5" snow fell last winter as of April 4.
April 4, 1928: Severe thunderstorms rumble through east central Minnesota. 100,000 dollars damage done at Anoka.
Minnesota has been blessed with abundance: fertile fields, towering North Woods and a constellation of sparkling lakes. By all measures we are water-rich.
Climate disruption may turn out to be a good thing for Minnesota, at least in the short term. Trends point to mellowing winters, fewer subzero nights and ample moisture - most climate models show Minnesota and the Great Lakes getting wetter as weather patterns push north with a warming atmosphere.
Meanwhile California, in the midst of what some are calling the worst drought in 1200 years, is facing water restrictions pitting city folk against farmers, the Bay Area against Los Angeles. What happens when a major U.S. city runs out of water? Call me paranoid but at some point there may be a push to tap our water supplies. Wait for it.
A little slush is possible up north Monday night, but a multimillion dollar rain is shaping up later in the week. A slow-moving storm may drop half an inch to an inch of rain; the best chance of puddles Monday, Friday and Saturday. Not exactly drought-busting rains but a healthy dent in our dry rut seems imminent, as southern storms finally draw near. Bring on the April showers.
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- There were 42 extreme weather events that each caused at least $1 billion in damage.
- These extreme weather events caused 1,286 fatalities and $227 billion in economic losses across 44 states..."
* At least 37% of the USA is in moderate drought or worse as of March 31. Click here for an animated time line showing the intensification of drought since December.
Photo credit above: "Water sprinklers are used at Heartwell Park in Long Beach, Calif., on Thursday, April 2, 2015. California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday, ordered a 25 percent overall cutback in water use by cities and towns, but not farms, in the most sweeping drought measures ever undertaken by the nation's most populous state." (AP Photo/Nick Ut).
TODAY: More clouds than sun. Dry. Winds: E 10-15. High: 53
SUNDAY NIGHT: Cloudy, light rain - possible wet snow up north late. Low: 35
MONDAY: Cold rain, slushy mix up north? High: 41
TUESDAY: Drying out, clouds linger. Wake-up: 36. High: 43
WEDNESDAY: Clouds increase, rain at night. Wake-up: 38. High: near 50
THURSDAY: Lingering showers. Cool & damp. Wake-up: 39. High: 49
FRIDAY: Chance of a long, soaking rain. Wake-up: 41. High: 48
SATURDAY: Showers linger, still gray. Wake-up: 38. High: 49
Photo credit above: "As California enters its fourth year of severe drought and the state’s snowpack is at record lows, little water runoff is reaching reservoirs and recharge ponds that capture water and that percolates through the soil to replenish underground aquifers." (Photo: AP).
* The Risky Business Report focused on California is here.
Photo credit above: "Boats are docked at San Pablo Reservoir Recreation Area in El Sobrante, Calif., Thursday, April 2, 2015. A spokeswoman for the East Bay Municipal Utility District said that the reservoir is about half full. California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday, April 1, 2015 to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping." (AP Photo/Eric Risberg).
* When it’s warmer, the evaporation of water speeds up, allowing the ground to heat up faster, which then evaporates more water in a vicious cycle which continues until meaningful rain stops it.
* When it’s warmer, the snow season shortens. In other words, snow starts falling later in the fall and stops falling earlier in the spring, and snowpack declines..."
File photo above: NOAA.
Graphic credit above: "NASA temperature data dispel the myth of a recent slow-down in long-term warming trend. But there was a big jump in temps during the mid-1990s. Many scientists believe another jump is “imminent.’"