Named Storm Days (60.1) 50
Hurricanes (6.5) 4
Hurricane Days (21.3) 16
Major Hurricanes (2.0) 2
Major Hurricane Days (3.9) 4
Accumulated Cyclone Energy (92) 75
Net Tropical Cyclone Activity (103%) 85
* Numbers in ( ) represent medians based on 1981-2010 data.
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Active Weather Continues
As our next storm system rolls in off the Pacific, strong to severe thunderstorms maybe possible over the next few days. Here are the severe thunderstorm risks for Friday, Saturday and Sunday below. Note that by Sunday, the severe threat will once again be in the Central US. Stay tuned...
Strong Pacific Storm Hits The West Coast
A very strong Pacific storm will push through the Western US in a couple of different waves, but the end result will bring strong winds, heavy coastal rain and heavy mountain snow through Saturday. Here's the simulated radar from early AM Friday to early AM Sunday.
Hurricane Force Winds & Fee of Snow in the Sierras
Our next Pacific storm system will pack a fairly decent punch as it moves across the northern half of California. High Wind Warnings and Winter Storm Warnings have been posted by the National Weather Service until Saturday. Winds could gust to hurricane force (74mph+), while snowfall tallies above 7,000ft. could approach 2ft. to 3ft. as the storm fades this weekend. Unreal!
WOW! Another massive snow dump continues in the mountains of California with some spots seeing as much as 2ft. to 3ft. by Saturday.
California Precipitation Forecast
The precipitation forecast through early next week look pretty impressive with widespread 2" to 4"+ liquid tallies across the region. This late season heavy Pacific moisture adds to what have been a very impressive stretch of heavy moisture for the West Coast over the last several months.
California's Rare "Super Bloom" Flowers Are Migrating North
In March, California made headlines with a so called "Super Bloom" across parts of Southern California. Well now that "Super Bloom" is migrating north and has parts of the Central Valley cascading in color! Unfortunately, those flowers are being trampled by the high volume of tourists checking out the rare view: Here's an excerpt from Architectural Digest: A winter of heavy rainfall in California meant this year's flowers are even more vibrant—and they have spread to new locations. Perhaps nothing announces spring better than a valley of blooming wild flowers. And that is just what residents and visitors of California's Central Valley have experienced this week. After the Bureau of Land Management posted an Instagram picture of the lush landscape yesterday, the Internet took notice as images began spreading throughout the web. "The show is simply indescribable...like something out of a storybook," the Bureau's caption read. "The Valley floor has endless expanses of yellows and purples from coreopsis, tidy tips, and phacelia, with smaller patches of dozens of other species." Generally, California's "Super Bloom" occurs in locations such as the Anza-Borrego Desert outside of San Diego and Walker Canyon near southern Los Angeles. This year, however, the blooming moved some 50 miles north of L.A. in and around Carrizo Plain. This has caused residents and tourists alike to flock the generally quiet valley. As a result, officials have been forced to place signs urging visitors to stay on marked trails as there have been reports of flowers being trampled.
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(California's "Super Bloom" has traveled north of L.A. this year to the Carrizo Plain.Photo: Courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management)
It certainly has been an active pattern over the last couple of weeks. In fact, there have been severe weather reports everyday since March March 23rd! According to NOAA's SPC, there have been nearly 1,500 severe storm reports since then, nearly 600 of those occurring during the first 6 days of April.
2017 PRELIMINARY Tornado Count
According to NOAA's SPC, the PRELIMINARY tornado count for 2017 is at 486 (thru April 5). Interestingly, this is the highest number of tornado reports (thru April 5) since 2008 when 544 tornadoes were reported through that time frame. The 2005-2015 average number of tornado reports through April 5 is 252.
By Paul Douglas
I love Minnesota's increasingly super-sized summers. But there's something about the first warm spell of April, when you can finally un-clench those tense winter muscles; summer without the baggage of humidity, bugs and raging thunderstorms.
Phenology is the study of how plant and animal life cycles are influenced by environmental changes. NASA can track spring green-up from space, but nature provides her own cues, as we track the date of first dandelions, frogs, lilacs and crabapples. According to the Minnesota DNR the first red-winged blackbirds of the season were heard in Maplewood on March 5, 9 days earlier than average - the second earliest on record.
Odds are you'll be chirping a happy tune Friday and Saturday as temperatures mellow. The first 70F of 2017 is possible Saturday, right on schedule. A few T-storms bubble up on Sunday, but dew points and instability may not be sufficient to support anything severe.
Enjoy the drama-free weather. Tornadoes down south, slush in the Great Lakes, soaking rains on both coasts. And here we sit, meteorologically content. For now.
Average: Low: 33F (Record: 6F set in 1936)
*Daylight Gained Since Winter Solstice (December 21st): ~4 hours & 22 minute
3.5 Days Since First Quarter