70 F. average high on May 18.
72 F. high on May 18, 2014.
May 18, 1980: Mt. St. Helens erupted. The smoke plume rose to 80,000 feet. The cloud circled the earth in 19 days. Brilliant sunsets were seen over Minnesota for days afterward.
May 18, 1933: Tornadoes hit McLeod and Mower counties. Source: NOAA.
The Gales of...May?
Sunday night was a vivid reminder that only the brave and foolish put their boats in the water before Memorial Day. Unless you have a sturdy lift or jet-powered sump pump. Winds gusted over 40 mph in the Twin Cities metro (tropical storm force), with 50+ mph winds out west.
Snow coated roads over the Dakotas yesterday; flurries spotted in Minnesota from Pipestone to Baudette. Hey, it gave us all something to babble about.
Gale force winds and flurries gave rise to clearing skies; dry Canadian air setting the stage for a late-season freeze over western Minnesota. It's another subtle (yet blunt) reminder to avoid the urge to plant annuals until after Memorial Day. The latest 32-degree or colder low temperature at MSP? May 24, 1925.
A few plants from Willmar to Fargo and Brainerd probably froze their buds off this morning but temperatures mellow as the week goes on. Expect generous sunshine and a dry sky into Saturday, probably the best day of the holiday weekend. Showers may pop up Sunday and Memorial Day; probably nothing severe to track. We warm up again next week as sticky air flows north; hints of sweltering evenings to come.
Yes there's something for everyone in May.
* Monday morning webcams courtesy of MNDOT and AerisWeather.
Animation credit above: "Video of the experimental model showing the colored water as ascending "magma" in the tank of jelly." (Credit: Janine Kavanagh/University of Liverpool).
TODAY: Partly sunny, fresh breeze. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 56
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clear and cool. Low: 42
WEDNESDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, still dry. High: 57
THURSDAY: Lukewarm sun, very pleasant. Wake-up: 46. High: 69
FRIDAY: Sunny and spectacular. Wake-up: 51. High: 72
SATURDAY: Plenty of sun, best day of holiday? Wake-up: 52. High: 71
SUNDAY: More clouds, few showers, stray T-shower. Wake-up: 55. High: 70
MEMORIAL DAY: Patchy clouds, isolated T-shower. Wake-up: 54. High: 67
Photo credit above: "Protesters rally at the Port of Seattle, Monday, May 18, 2015, in Seattle. Demonstrators opposed to Arctic oil drilling were showing opposition to a lease agreement between Royal Dutch Shell and the Port to allow some of Shell's oil drilling equipment to be based in Seattle." (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren).
Photo credit above: " Credit Daniella Beccaria/Seattlepi.com, via Associated Press.