63 F. average high on April 27.
45 F. high on April 27, 2014.
April 27 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service.
2002: Heavy snow over the Twin Cities and central Minnesota. Chanhassen got half a foot. Vivid lightning seen with the snow during the evening.
1996: Low of 9 degrees at Embarrass. Ice was still on some central and most northern Minnesota lakes.
1921: Late season blizzard at Hibbing. The temperature was 75 degrees three days before.
"Don't push the weather" I remind my Navy son, ad nauseum. He flies helicopters, which don't have weather radar on their multiple displays, I was surprised to learn.
But there's no need to fly blind, not with the proliferation of web sites and apps out there today, many of them free. Why did Dauphin Island Regatta officials go forward with a sailboat race as a line of storms approached on Saturday? I have no idea and I won't second-guess. But these deadly storms strengthened over Mobile Bay, Alabama, and this intense squall line showed up on hundreds of radar apps available for iOS and Android.
Doppler in your pocket is more than a convenience; it might even save your life. But many days we're so anxious to get an event in or reach our destination on time that we ignore the warning signs.
Clouds increase today with an isolated shower; a better chance of thunder Friday with potentially soaking showers and T-storms Saturday night into Sunday as a sticky warm front approaches.
I do like the sound of that. Warm front.
According to NOAA there's a 70 percent chance that El Nino will linger into the summer. Odds favor a warmer, drier summer than recent years.
Place your bets.
* Screen shots above: RadarScope (left image) and Aeris Pulse (middle and right), which was created by developers at my company, AerisWeather.
* More information on the aftermath of Alabama's Regatta disaster here, courtesy of AL.com.
File photo credit above: "In this Saturday, April 18, 2015 photo provided by Daniel Cole, flames burn in the Prado Dam Flood Control Basin adjacent to homes, foreground, as seen from Corona, Calif. Cooperative weather and the efforts of firefighters helped beat back flames Sunday that had threatened hundreds of homes near the Southern California dam. Evacuation orders were lifted just before dawn for about 300 homes in an area along the border of the cities of Norco and Corona, about 35 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles." (Daniel Cole via AP).
TODAY: Clouds increase, stray shower possible. Winds: N 5-10. High: 66
TUESDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds. Low: 45
WEDNESDAY: Sunnier and milder. High: 68
THURSDAY: Warm sunshine. Still amazing. Wake-up: 44. High: 67
FRIDAY: Unsettled, passing T-shower possible. Wake-up: 45. High: near 70
SATURDAY: Some sun, drier day of weekend. Wake-up: 51. High: 74
SUNDAY: Humid, scattered heavy T-showers. Wake-up: 56. High: 73
MONDAY: Gray, but drier and slightly cooler. Wake-up: 53. High: 68
U.S. Takes Reins of Arctic Council Amid Geopolitical Tension, Rapid Warming. Andrew Freedman has the article for Mashable; here's an excerpt: "...The Arctic is one of the most rapidly warming places on the planet, with warming air and sea temperatures and melting ice rapidly transforming places from Fairbanks, Alaska to Svalbard, Norway from a forbidden, frozen landscape to a seasonally accessible area. Arctic sea ice has declined precipitously in recent years, with September sea ice extent falling 13% per decade since 1979. Projections show the Arctic Ocean is likely to become seasonally sea-ice free sometime between the next few years and 2050. Sea ice extent in March was the lowest on record for the month..." (File image: Jeremy Potter, NOAA).
* A YouTube clip of Saturday night's commentary is here, courtesy of The Daily Conversation.