Springs are trending wetter in Minnesota. According to Dr. Mark Seeley, author of the information-rich "Minnesota Weather Almanac", May will probably be one of the 15 wettest on record, statewide. It was also the 5th May in a row of wetter than average conditions.
Remember June 2014? It was the wettest month, statewide, ever observed. Lakes were overflowing; something I thought I'd never see.
So California and much of the west is trending drier; intense droughts becoming more persistent. While flooding and extreme precipitation events have spiked from Minnesota to Maine since the 50s. Coincidence? Perhaps. Then again it may have something to do with the 40 percent spike in CO2, rapid arctic warming and a jet stream that doesn't look anything like I remember growing up.
The ECMWF (European) model prints out 3.4 inches of additional rain by next Wednesday, most of that coming Thursday, as a slow-moving storm tracks along a stalled front. Models are hinting at some clearing next weekend. And if you miss the heat you may be in luck! We clip 80 degrees today; the mercury kissing 90F on Tuesday before cooling off by late week.
No broiling heat waves in sight yet. Just a taste.
TODAY: Warm sunshine, very nice. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 81
MONDAY NIGHT: Clear and mild. Low; 64
TUESDAY: Hot sun, stray T-storm late. Dew point: 61. High: 89
WEDNESDAY: Sunny, a little less humid. Dew point: 56. Wake-up: 63. High: 83
THURSDAY: Showers, T-storms. Heavy rain likely. Wake-up: 62. High: 75
FRIDAY: Wet start, then clearing skies. Wake-up: 59. High: 78
SATURDAY: Looking better. Partly sunny skies. Wake-up: 63. High: 82
SUNDAY: Sticky again, few T-showers. Dew point: 63. Wake-up: 65. High: 83