63 F. average high on April 26.
55 F. high on April 26, 2014.
April 26, 1954: Downpour in Mora, where nearly 7 inches of rain fell in a little over 10 hours.
Tornadic Silver Lining
“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe" said the Dalai Lama. Terrible events often spark good outcomes.
On Sunday I spoke at Earthfest, in Rochester, driving past the Mayo Clinic, arguably the best hospital in the world. There's a reason why Saudi sheiks fly to Minnesota for treatment, right?
On August 21, 1883 a massive F-5 tornado leveled much of Rochester. There were no hospitals nearby so Dr. William Mayo, his sons and the Sisters of St. Francis converted a dance hall into an emergency room. This became St. Mary's Hospital, which ultimately transformed into the Mayo Clinic. The 1883 tornado claimed 37 lives. How many lives have been saved by the Mayo Clinic over the years? A poetic ending to a random tragedy.
Sunday's sky was so blue it almost hurt the eyes, and atmospheric oohs & aahs continue this week with a streak of 60s and 70s. An isolated shower may sprout Tuesday; heavier T-storms by Sunday, but probably nothing severe. We need more rain to put a substantive dent in Minnesota's drought.
Oh, the forecast calls for angry ice; The Blues will soon extend to The Blackhawks. How 'bout that Minnesota Wild?
Spring Sticks This Time? No more wintry relapses in sight, at least looking out 2 weeks. Highs reach the 60s all week, a few 70s by the weekend with the best chance of heavy showers and T-storms on Sunday. With most of the state in moderate drought let it rain...
Location Ave Wind Speed for April 2015 Number of days wind has gusted above 30mph
MSP 12.3 mph 9 days (peak of 46 mph on the 2nd)
Rochester 14.4 mph 14 days (peak of 47 mph on the 1st)
St Cloud 11.5 mph 8 days (peak of 49 mph on the 2nd)
Photo credit above: "A photo taken by Minnetonka resident H.B. Milligan of a tornado crossing to the west of the junction of Hwy 7 and 101 on May 6, 1965. It is believed that this was the tornado that touched down in Chanhassen at 6:27 PM and dissipated in Deephaven at 6:43 PM."
Map credit above: "Zip codes in the Lower 48 states without a confirmed tornado from 1950-2013, shaded in green." (Jordan Tessler/@TerpWeather).
TODAY: Plenty of sun, very nice. Winds: North 5-10. High: 68
MONDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 47
TUESDAY: More clouds, isolated shower. High: 66
WEDNESDAY: Plenty of sunshine. Wake-up: 46. High: 68
THURSDAY: Warm sunshine. Just about perfect. Wake-up: 48. High: 72
FRIDAY: Less sun, stray T-shower. Wake-up: 51. High: 71
SATURDAY: Fading sun, feels like May. Wake-up: 53. High: 76
SUNDAY: Humid, heavy showers & T-storms. Wake-up: 55. High: 74
* A YouTube clip of Saturday night's commentary is here, courtesy of The Daily Conversation.
Photo credit above: "Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of "Maggie" at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in New York." (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)