"Life stands before me like an eternal spring, with new and brilliant clothes" wrote Carl Friedrich Gauss.
I keep a pair of shorts and flip flops prominently displayed in my closet year-round, there to remind me that everything turns around. The cold and darkness, the dead of winter, gives way to warmth, life and rebirth. Some years earlier than others. A year ago lakes were ice-covered; spring a distant illusion.
So often we go from slush to heat advisories in a meteorological blink of an eye. It's nice to savor a real spring, a pregnant pause of possibility before the rush of bugs, sweaty storms and mad dashes up to the lake.
Yesterday renewed my faith in a Minnesota spring. We dragged our Adirondack chairs out of cold storage, then I happily escorted the space heater back into the garage. Good riddance.
A fine week is shaping up: 60s into Sunday with little or no drama. We cool off 10-15 degrees today with a stiff west breeze - but not nearly as windblown as Sunday was. T-showers may speckle the Doppler midweek, a better chance of rain a week from today. A series of clippers the latter half of April keep us from overheating too quickly.
A real spring? What a concept.
Rochelle Tornado "Stuck Out Like A Sore Thumb" for Meteorologists. Journal Standard in Freeport, Illinois takes a look at best practices for tornado warnings, and whether there is such a thing as too much lead time; here's an excerpt: "...
"I’m not sure we need more warning time for some tornadoes," Sebenste said. "Psychological studies have shown that once you get more than 13 minutes of warning and nothing has happened, people will come out of their basements and look around. That has actually killed some people.""A researcher in Texas has established pretty convincingly that 15 minutes is the ideal amount of notice for a tornado," Smith said, "and if you have more than 18 minutes, deaths go up. ... People either lose the sense of urgency to take cover or try to flee instead of immediately taking shelter, which is what we want them to do..."
Photo credit above: "In this Thursday, April 9, 2015 photo provided by Northern Illinois University meteorology professor Walker Ashley, a funnel cloud moves through near Rochelle, Ill. The National Weather Service says at least two tornadoes churned through six north-central Illinois counties on Thursday evening." (AP Photo/Walker Ashley)
TODAY: Sunny, windy, a bit cooler. Winds: W 15-25. High: 63
MONDAY NIGHT: Clear and comfortably cool. Low: 38
TUESDAY: Blue sky, beyond pleasant. Winds: S 10. High: near 70
WEDNESDAY: Less sun, isolated T-shower? Wake-up: 46. High: 66
THURSDAY: Mix of clouds and sun. Wake-up: 48. High: 64
FRIDAY: Clouds increase, showers up north. Wake-up: 49. High: 68
SATURDAY: Blue sky, still too dry out there. Wake-up: 45. High: 64
SUNDAY: Breezy with lukewarm sunshine. Wake-up: 47. High: 66
Photo credit above: "Freshman education major, Josh Medel, has his picture taken by alumna Anjali Cadambi for social media." Emily Cohen/NewsWorks.