Windy Friday Across The State
Rochester - 44 mph
Park Rapids - 43 mph
Flag Island - 41 mph
Olivia - 40 mph
Another blustery day is expected Saturday across the region - more on how high winds could go in a moment.
March Was Wet and Warm Across Much Of Minnesota
This March will go down in the record books as a warm and wet one across the state of Minnesota, with numerous NWS climate site locations in the top ten of at least one of the lists.
Twin Cities: 41.3°
St. Cloud: 38.3°
International Falls: 29.2°
Twin Cities: 2.26"
St. Cloud: 1.50"
International Falls: 2.71"
Image via screenshot of Minnesota State Parks and Trails video on Facebook
Minnesota State Parks and Trails posted a video on Facebook from Thursday showing ice still on High Falls within Grand Portage State Park, but with a bit of flowing water as well. They are uncertain when they will completely ice out, so stay tuned!
By Paul Douglas
According to Mark Seeley Minnesota experienced the 4th warmest March since 1895. He writes "four of the top five warmest months of March in Minnesota have occurred since 2000." Ice is coming off area lakes 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule.
No big, beefy storms are brewing, but conditions may be ripe for 70s & severe storms in 2 weeks. After enjoying 40 mph winds and wind chills in the teens this morning (hello February!) temperatures mellow into the 50s Sunday. "Average" temperatures return next week; 40s & 50s likely. Occasional showers, but no weather drama.
SUNDAY: Some sun, milder breeze. High: 57. Low: 33. Chance of Precipitation: 20%. Wind: S 10-15 mph.
MONDAY: Patchy blue sky, turning cooler. High: 44. Low: 37. Chance of Precipitation: 0%. Wind: N 7-12 mph.
TUESDAY: More clouds, few showers likely. High: 47. Low: 35. Chance of Precipitation: 60%. Wind: S 10-20 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Breezy and gray, few sprinkles. High: 45. Low: 33. Chance of Precipitation: 40%. Wind: NW 10-20 mph.
THURSDAY: More clouds than sun, cool. High: 44. Low: 36. Chance of Precipitation: 10%. Wind: NW 10-15 mph.
FRIDAY: Warm front sparks a few showers. High: 53. Low: 41. Chance of Precipitation: 60%. Wind: SE 10-15 mph.
1920: The temperature falls to 8 degrees in Pipestone. The high the day before was 74.
Average Low: 31F (Record: 9F set in 1877)
Average Precipitation: 0.07" (Record: 1.06" set in 2006)
Average Snowfall: 0.2" (Record: 3.4" in 1920)
Sunset: 7:43 PM
*Length Of Day: 12 hours, 51 minutes and 53 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)