64 F. average high on April 29.
42 F. high on April 29, 2014.
Trace of snow fell on April 29, 2014.
April 29, 1984: Late season snow blankets the Twin Cities with 6.6 inches.
April 29, 1940: Heavy rains in Duluth with 3.25 inches of rain. Source: MPX National Weather Service.
Fact can be much stranger than fiction. Yes, tornadoes CAN cross rivers, lakes and hills, and even hit downtowns. And no, trailer parks don't "attract" tornadoes, but when they hit damage is often extreme.
Now comes new research at Purdue University suggesting that "transition zones", regions where two distinct types of landscapes meet (farmland and suburbs for example) are more vulnerable to tornado damage. This is where trailer parks are often located. The nature of Earth's surface may influence where tornadoes form and where they go on to inflict the most damage. Emerging science; more details on my weather blog below.
The only thing severe today is sunburn potential. Keep in mind the potential to fry has nothing to do with air temperature and everything to do with the date, the sun angle high overhead.
Test scores and job productivity will suffer once again today under a brilliant sun with light winds, low humidity and a lukewarm afternoon near 70F.
San Diego with lakes.
A growl of thunder arrives Friday; a few severe T-storms are even possible Sunday. A drought-denting storm is possible the middle of next week.
Yes, we're having a real spring this year. Imagine that.
Why Tornadoes Find and Flatten Trailer Parks. No, mobile homes don't "attract" tornadoes in some strange and supernatural way, but in most metro areas the regions where trailer parks are most likely to be located is also at heightened risk of tornadoes, as explained by azcentral.com; here's an excerpt that made me do a double-take: "...This gets complicated, meaning I didn't understand it very well, but the study showed some statistical evidence tornadoes cause the most damage in "transition zones." Those are areas of the Earth's surface where two distinct types of landscapes meet. That would include areas such as the fringes where urban sprawl and farmland or forests and plains meet. And those fringe areas tend to be where trailer parks are most frequently located..."
Photo credit above: "Mike Cook surveys the damage in what is left of his home at River Oaks mobile home community in Sand Springs, Okla., Thursday, March 26, 2015, after a tornado on Wednesday. Oklahomans salvaged soggy belongings Thursday after the Plains' first tornado outbreak of the year." (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Mike Simons).
Image credit above: "Screen capture of Patty Bullion’s “Pictures and Documents found after the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes” Facebook page."
Photo credit above: "Unusually low snow levels seen at Oregon's Crater Lake on April 21, 2015." Credit: NPS
File photo above: "This photo taken, Aug. 18, 2014, shows a view of the white "bathtub" ring around Lake Mead. Taken in the area near Callville Bay Resort & Marina." (AP Photo/The Sun, Steve Marcus).
TODAY: Sunny, distractingly nice. Winds: East 5-10. High: 71
THURSDAY NIGHT: Clouds increase. Low: 48
FRIDAY: Few showers likely, cooler. High: 68
SATURDAY: Some sun, nicer day of the weekend. Wake-up: 52. High: 76
SUNDAY: PM T-storms, strong to severe. Wake-up: 60. High: 77
MONDAY: Mostly cloudy, a bit cooler. Wake-up: 55. High: 68
TUESDAY: Showery rains southern Minnesota. Wake-up: 50. High: 65
WEDNESDAY: Showers and T-storms, some heavy? Wake-up: 55. High: 66
Photo credit above: "Pope Francis is cheered by faithful as he leaves St. Peter's Square at the end of the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 29, 2015." (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)