56 F. average high on April 11.
63 F. high on April 11, 2014.
April 11, 1929: Downpour in Lynd, Minnesota (near Marshall) dumps 5.27 inches of rain in 24 hours.
Fairdale, Illinois. Joplin, Missouri. Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Moore, Oklahoma. For that matter Comfrey and Fridley. Why do some towns get hit while the rest of us look on in awe and horror?
Like watching a soap opera or bad reality TV show we cringe and give thanks for our good fortune.
"It could be so much worse."
All you can do is lower your risk. Safety drills. Numerous sources of severe warnings (NOAA Weather Radio & apps). Situational awareness, knowing where the nearest shelter is, preferably below ground. Having the good sense to know when to put down the camera and run for cover.
At yesterday's Minnesota Severe Storm Conference speakers discussed the impact of a changing climate. Tornado season now comes earlier in the year. Non-tornadic severe wind events may increase and the recipe for tornadoes (instability and wind shear) may become slightly more favorable in the years ahead, but the jury is still out.
I don't expect anything severe today, just rain and growls of thunder by evening. That's it for rain this week; a streak of 60s into next weekend as lawns glow neon-green.
It's that dazzling shade of lemon-lime. The color of renewal, rebirth and a fresh start.
Photo credit above: "In an aerial photo, rubble from damaged homes remains, on Friday, April 10, 2015, caused by a tornado the night before, in Fairdale, Ill. Damage survey teams were working Friday to officially determine the strength of the tornado system and extent of the damage." (AP Photo/Chicago Tribune, Armando L. Sanchez)
Photo credit above: "This aerial photo shows a path of destruction Friday, April 10, 2015, after a tornado swept through the small town of Fairdale, Ill., in DeKalb County Thursday night. The National Weather Service says at least two tornadoes churned through six north-central Illinois counties. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner declared DeKalb and Ogle counties affected by the severe storms and tornadoes as disaster areas." (AP Photo/Daily Chronicle, Danielle Guerra).
Image credit above: "This figure shows the anomaly in surface tempratures off the coast of Washington and Oregon in April 2014. The green sections are less than 1 degree Celsius warmer than the 1981-2010 averages, while the orange sections are 1.5 degrees or more above average." (NOAA).
TODAY: Sun fades, windy. Late PM storms. Winds: S 25+ High: 71
SUNDAY NIGHT: Showers and T-showers. Low: 44
MONDAY: Increasingly sunny, still pleasant - a bit cooler. High: 63
TUESDAY: Lukewarm sun, a beautiful day. Wake-up: 41. High: 68
WEDNESDAY: Plenty of sun, mild breeze. Wake-up: 48. High: 67
THURSDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, still dry. Wake-up: 45. High: 65
FRIDAY: Clouds increase, showers far north. Wake-up: 47. High: near 70
SATURDAY: Sunny, nicer day of the weekend. Wake-up: 46. High: 68