A Raw Deal
Nature never moves in a perfectly straight line. We limp, trip and stumble our way into spring - always two steps forward, one step back. Or is it the other way around?
And as much as I'm looking forward to a hot, sweaty summer up at the lake I don't mind this March flashback. Chilly weather is reducing the threat of severe storms and babysitting the Doppler. It also sets the stage for steady "overrunning" rain tomorrow as warm air rides up and over a persistent wedge of Canadian air camped out above our heads. The entire state needs a good long soaking right about now.
Yesterday's rain brushed southern Minnesota; a few severe storms near Rochester - a preview of coming attractions. We temporarily dry out today before a slow-moving storm spreads a shield of rain back into the state Thursday; half an inch of rain possible for thirsty farms, lawn & gardens.
Sunshine returns Friday; Saturday should renew your faith in April with highs surging into the 60s. ECMWF guidance is hinting at mid-70s and severe storms in one week.
Yes, this damp, chilly breeze is annoying, but 40s will inoculate us from any serious weather drama the next few days. Let's just take this one week at a time, OK?
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: Mostly cloudy, closer to average. Winds: E 10. High: near 50
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Cloudy, rain arrives late. Low: 38
THURSDAY: Rain likely. A bit greener out there. High: 44
FRIDAY: Slow clearing and milder. Wake-up: 34. HIgh: 57
SATURDAY: Jolt of spring fever. Breezy with lukwarm sun! Wake-up: 35. High: 65
SUNDAY: Showers, possible T-storms. Wake-up: 46. High: 63
MONDAY: Sunny intervals, still pleasant. Wake-up: 43. High: 61
TUESDAY: Scattered showers, few T-showers possible. Wake-up: 42. High: near 60
Graphic credit above: " NCDC .
Photo credit above: "A U.S. Air Force F-22 intercepts a Russian bomber near Alaska." (Courtesy of U.S. Air Force).