While severe weather threats don't look quite as impressive as they did over the last could of weeks, there certainly will be a chance of some isolated strong to severe storms over the next couple/few days. Here's the severe weather threat for Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
Active Start to April
According to NOAA's SPC, there have been nearly 1,000 severe weather reports through April 8th! While most of the reports have been either hail or wind reports, 78 of those have been tornadoes!
I find it charming and vaguely amusing when people in other (duller) zip codes around the United States share weather stories. The Plains see bigger tornadoes; the Gulf coast experiences Texas-size hurricanes. But when it comes to wild extremes look no further than Minnesota.
The biggest temperature swings take place near the center of continents, well away from the moderating effects of water. April can bring over a foot of snow in a single day - and 90s. Floods, blizzards, wildfires, shrieking tornadoes and boots full of slush! The MSP metro sees an average of 2.4 inches of snow in April. Morning slush this time of year is business as usual.
Any wintry memories give way to blue sky and low 50s Tuesday, a baby-step in the right direction. Showery rains brush Minnesota Wednesday, with heavier T-storms popping on Friday ahead of a warmer front. If everything goes just right we may sample 70 degrees Saturday afternoon as we stagger into spring.
April extremes? Absolutely. But still no earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanoes. The weather may be volatile but the ground underfoot is firm.
Average: Low: 35F (Record: 12F set in 1940)
*Daylight Gained Since Winter Solstice (December 21st): ~4 hours & 35 minute
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