A Cold Rain
Ice is coming off Minnesota lakes a couple weeks earlier than 2014. Trees are budding, rhubarb poking up through damp soil - the frost nearly gone now. Yes, we are limping into spring and I am VERY happy to be tracking green blobs on Doppler radar.
The weather this week will help you focus on work and errands; no lukewarm fronts luring you outside anytime soon. Up to 6 inches of snow fell on Pine County yesterday, and models are hinting at a risk of slush in the metro Friday morning, mainly lawns and slow-moving robins.
For the most part the lowest mile of the atmosphere should be mild enough for rain spilling out of a curdling sky; heaviest on Thursday, again Sunday. Many towns will pick up half an inch of rain by next Monday, enough to put a modest dent in our nagging drought.
My gut (nausea?) is telling me that 2015 will be warmer and drier than 2014, based on the way patterns are setting up, and an El Nino warm phase of the Pacific that now looks much stronger than what was predicted months ago.
Before long we may be complaining about heat, whining about the humidity, shaking a fist at a dry, dusty sky.
Forgive me while I enjoy a cold rain and rediscover "green".
Monday Morning Slush. It was a relatively narrow band of snow, stretching from near Brainerd and Lake Mille Lacs to Pine County, where as much as 6" of snow piled up, mainly on lawns and fields. About 2" fell in Brainerd. 4-5 days ago both the ECMWF and GFS hinted at some 6" amounts by early Monday - I have to say that they were on the right track. Map: National Weather Service.
Photo credit above: "US Army Corp of Engineers photo of the Missouri River's damage to US Highway 63, Jefferson City, Missouri, near the Missouri Capitol building during the "Great Flood of 1993". National Guardsmen created sandbag levees in the parking lot, but the building was still several feet above the water line." Courtesy of Wikipedia, which has more information here.
File photo credit above: "In this March 11, 2015, file photo, a worker climbs stairs among some of the 2,000 pressure vessels used to convert seawater into fresh water through reverse osmosis in the western hemisphere's largest desalination plant in Carlsbad, Calif. The Carlsbad Desalination Project, scheduled to start operations in late 2015, is expected to provide 50 million gallons of fresh drinking water a day." (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File).
TODAY: Light rain and drizzle. Winds: NE 10-20. High: 42
TUESDAY NIGHT: Drizzle tapers, still chilly. Low: 35
WEDNESDAY: Drier day, skies try to brighten. High: 51
THURSDAY: Another surge of steadier rain. Wake-up: 39. High: 44
FRIDAY: Early slush in a few towns? Then gradual clearing. Wake-up: 34. High: near 50
SATURDAY: Clouds increase, probably dry. Wake-up: 38. High: 56
SUNDAY: Milder with showers, PM thunder? Wake-up: 45. High: near 60
MONDAY: Drier, breezy and cooler. Wake-up: 43. High: 52
Photo credit above: Doug Erickson | Wisconsin State Journal. "Riley Balikian, photographed at an entrance to the UW Arboretum, is a member of the national steering committee for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action."