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The Common Loon Returns...
Thanks to my good friend, Bill Doms, for the picture below. He snapped a wonderful picture of this loon on an area lake over the weekend. Interestingly, Loons "travel from their winter home along the Atlantic coast from North Carolina south to Florida, or on the Gulf of Mexico."
Read more about the Common Loon from the MN DNR HERE:
See more of Bill Doms' great pictures at his website www.mnwxchaser.com HERE:
Feels Like Fall
By Todd Nelson
This cold and windy weather makes me want to drag out the crockpot again. I feel like warm, hearty meals help take the edge off the cool, cloudy, windy weather. Interestingly, I haven't had an urge like this since last Fall when the leaves were falling off the trees, now they're showing up on trees again.
A large area of low pressure continues to spin north of the Great Lakes Region. Due to it's stationary nature, it will continue to funnel down cooler Canadian air, which will be nearly 10F to 15F cooler than normal for this time of the year. There may even be some light, slushy snow accumulations across the far northern part of the state through Wednesday!
Weather conditions will slowly improve through the week, with gradually more sunshine and winds subsiding, finally, by the end of the week. Although we'll still be a little cooler than average by the week's end/weekend, at least we'll be a little closer to normal.
Extended model runs suggest temperatures getting back to above average by the end of the month with chances of thunderstorms returning! MSP is ~1.75" below average precip since Jan. 1st; 92% of MN is in Moderate Drought! We need rain!
MONDAY NIGHT: Windy and cool. Light rain/snow mix possible, mainly north. Low: 33. Winds: WNW 15-35mph
TUESDAY: Light rain/snow mix possible early, mainly north, then changing to sprinkles/light rain showers. Still windy and cool. High: 46. Winds: WNW 15-30
TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy, windy and cool. Low: 31. Winds: NW: 15-30mph
WEDNESDAY: Mix of clouds and sun. Still breezy. High: 48. Winds: NW 15-30mph
THURSDAY: More sun, light jacket worthy. Wake-up: 30. High: 49
FRIDAY: Less wind, a little warmer. Wake-up: 31 High: 52
SATURDAY: Still below average for April. Wake-up: 34. High: 53.
SUNDAY: Nothing rough. Wake-up: 35. High: 54.
MONDAY: Still cool for April. Wake-up: 36. High: 56.
This Day in Weather History
1910: Snowstorm hits northeastern Minnesota. Duluth picks up 6.5 inches.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 61F (Record: 95F set in 1980)
Average Low: 40F (Record: 22F set in 1966)
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Moon Phase for April 21st at Midnight
3.5 Days Since New Moon
Minneapolis Temperature Trend
Cool, windy weather will continue through the week ahead. Temperatures will actually be running nearly 10F to 20F below average through the week ahead! We'll see a gradual warming trend by the weekend with reading finally back to near/above average levels by the end of the month.
Tuesday Weather Outlook
We'll still be under the influence of the large upper level low spinning near the Great Lakes Region on Tuesday. Note the large wind field, stretching from the Red River Valley into the Ohio Valley. Winds in this particular zone could once again be 20mph to 40mph+. With temperatures in the 30s and 40s across much of the state, it'll be reminiscent of a Fall day.
Tuesday Weather Outlook
Wrap around moisture will continue into Tuesday and with temperatures near freezing, some of the moisture will be in the form on snow! I could see minor accumulations possible across the extreme northern part of the state through midweek.
The bulk of the precipitation has moved off to the east, but wrap around moisture will continue through midweek. Any additional precipitation should remain light and stay confined to mainly the northern part of the state. Also note the blue mixing in AM Tuesday - AM Wednesday!
"A new study published online Feb. 10, 2015 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters indicates that the hum is largely due to ocean waves that cause our planet to vibrate subtly -- or "ring," as the researchers put it."
See more from HuffingtonPost.com HERE:
"The Greatest Natural Disaster That Almost Was"
More advanced warnings of incoming weather systems sound like a great idea, but researchers are learning that people don’t always do what’s expected.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Severe Storms Laboratory is developing a system, called Warn-on-Forecast, that could one day provide tornado warnings an hour or more before a twister hits, more than quadrupling the current 14 minutes of warning time (SN: 5/2/15, p. 20). Forecasters, however, worry about how people will spend that extra time, says Kim Klockow, a meteorologist and behavioral scientist at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research who is based in Silver Spring, Md.
Historical storms suggest that people can make the wrong call, she says. On May 31, 2013, a monster 4.2-kilometer-wide twister touched down outside Oklahoma City. Just 11 days before, a tornado ravaged nearby Moore, Okla., damaging as many as 13,000 homes and killing 24 people. With that disaster fresh on people’s minds (plus a few local weather reports urging people without basements to head south), thousands jumped into their cars and drove instead of taking shelter. The highways quickly became a congested, chaotic mess. Cars headed south on northbound lanes and gridlock extended more than 40 kilometers out of the city. “They just left their houses and headed south,” Klockow says.
Things soon got worse...
Read more from ScienceNews.org HERE:
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