63 F. average high on April 25.
64 F. high on April 25, 2014.
April 25, 1996: Heavy snow over northern Minnesota. 10 inches of snow at Baudette. The International Falls airport closed for only the second time in history.
April is, historically, the windiest month of the year for most Minnesota communities. According to climate historian Mark Seeley April 2015 has been particularly breezy: at least 9 days in the Twin Cities with winds gusting over 30 mph.
What does it mean? I'm not convinced we can read too much into this. Evidence of climate volatility or weather whiplash? Not necessarily.
The greater the swings in temperature the faster winds have to blow to keep the atmosphere in a state of equilibrium. We've seen sharp frontal passages, thus the uptick in wind speed.
The transition from winter to summer is always awkward, sometimes violent. As eager as we are for 80s and sticky, lake-worthy humidity levels, I'm not looking forward to curling up with a hot Doppler and tracking severe storms.
This is the calm before the (inevitable) storm.
Our big weather story: a warming trend is imminent. 60s give way to late-week 70s. The mercury may brush 80F next weekend before a cooler front sparks heavier rain early next week. A shower is possible Tuesday; heavier T-storms Friday & Saturday as warm, sticky air surges north. The atmosphere is shifting gears. Spring is finally here. No, really!
Location Ave Wind Speed for April 2015 Number of days wind has gusted above 30mph
MSP 12.3 mph 9 days (peak of 46 mph on the 2nd)
Rochester 14.4 mph 14 days (peak of 47 mph on the 1st)
St Cloud 11.5 mph 8 days (peak of 49 mph on the 2nd)
Map credit above: "Zip codes in the Lower 48 states without a confirmed tornado from 1950-2013, shaded in green." (Jordan Tessler/@TerpWeather).
1) An American Motorcycle Association-approved helmet with a full face shield providing head and neck protection is the top helmet and is easily accessible. But a good motorcycle helmet can cost many hundreds of dollars.
2) Football helmet. A football helmet is designed to protect the head and face, including the sides of the head. It should be one approved for full contact. A good football helmet can cost more than $200..."
Photo credit above: "Motorcycle helmets with face guards offer best protection like this one. Mike Culberson credits this helmet with preventing injury, if not saving his life, when his home roof collapsed during tornado in Fultondale, Ala., on April 27, 2011." (Special/Michael Culberson).
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TODAY: Sunny and spectacular. Winds: NE 5-10. High: 61
SUNDAY NIGHT: Clear and cool. Low: 40
MONDAY: Partly sunny and mild. High: 65
TUESDAY: More clouds, passing shower possible. Wake-up: 44. High: 63
WEDNESDAY: Lukewarm sunshine. Wake-up: 47. High: near 70
THURSDAY: Warm sun. Too nice to work. Wake-up: 52. High: 75
FRIDAY: Clouds increase, late T-storm. Wake-up: 57. High: 74
SATURDAY: Mild sun, nighttime T-storms? Wake-up: 54. High: 76