Top Ten Warmest Marches At MSP. Through Wednesday, the average March temperature in the Twin Cities was 41.1 degrees, which would be good enough to tie the fifth warmest March on record with Thursday left to go. That was on the back of three record highs and three record high minimums earlier this month. The final numbers for the month will roll in later Friday and I'll have a March recap in the Saturday morning blog.
Rainfall Past Few Days. Between Midnight Tuesday and 6 PM on Thursday we picked up 0.64" of rain at the Twin Cities airport, with numerous totals between a quarter and three quarters of an inch across central and southern Minnesota. Some of the largest totals have been in southeastern Minnesota, where 1.59" fell in Winona and 1.46" in Rochester (again, totals from midnight Tuesday through 6 PM Thursday).
Duluth has now seen 3.94" of liquid this March, good enough for the fifth wettest March on record.
By Paul Douglas
When I was young I'd compare dreams, aspirations and horsepower with my buddies. Now we compare minor injuries and medications. I guess it's part of the human condition to compare and contrast.
A year ago today it was 84F in the Twin Cities. But on this date in 1975 the metro woke up to 9F; it snowed nearly 5 inches on April 1, 2002. Spring at this latitude is...volatile.
A twist of cold air aloft may spark a quick coating of slush early; the sun now high enough in the southern sky to keep roads wet during the daylight hours. You'll need a heavy jacket into Saturday, but a fleeting surge of warmth boosts us into the 50s Sunday, before cooling off early next week.
Model guidance suggests that warm frontal passages will become more aggressive as we sail into mid-April; 50s and 60s the rule, not the exception.
El Nino is fading fast, but a persistent warm signal is expected to linger into the summer. NOAA data suggests a greater risk of sliding into a La Nina cool phase by autumn. That could, in turn, increase the threat of drought by late summer - something we'll have to watch.
SATURDAY: Blustery clipper, few flurries. High 38. Low 29. Chance of Precipitation: 50%. Wind NW 15-35 mph.
SUNDAY: Sunnier, milder. Instant spring. High 57. Low 30. Chance of Precipitation: 10%. Wind SW 10-20 mph.
MONDAY: Some sun - cooling off. High 43. Low 33. Chance of Precipitation: 10%. Wind N 10-15 mph.
TUESDAY: Clouds increase, few rain showers. High 46. Low 39. Chance of Precipitation: 50%. Wind SE 10-20 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Showers slowly taper. High 44. Low 33. Chance of Precipitation: 70%. Wind NW 10-20 mph.
THURSDAY: Gradual clearing, still chilly. High 42. Low 29. Chance of Precipitation: 10%. Wind NW 10-20 mph.
Average Low: 31F (Record: 9F set in 1975)
Average Precipitation: 0.07" (Record: 0.54" set in 1967)
Average Snowfall: 0.1" (Record: 4.6" in 2002)
Sunset: 7:42 PM
*Length Of Day: 12 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds
*Daylight Gained Since Yesterday: ~3mins & 7secs
*Next Sunrise That Is Before 6:30 AM: April 14th (6:29 am)
*Next Sunset That Is After 8 PM: April 16th (8:01 pm)
Severe threat Friday.