"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." - Elwyn Brooks White
113 F. high reported at Death Valley, the hottest April temperature ever recorded.
Disaster Emergency declared for parts of western Pennsylvania early Tuesday due to heavy wet snow, school closings and power outages. More details from USA Today.
Photo credit above: "Nick Brogan shows how deep the snow was on Mallory Babcock's porch on Monday, April 23, 2012, on Armenia Mountain in Armenia Township, Pa. It measured 13 inches in this spot. (AP Photo/The Daily Review, Eric Hrin)."
7 am Tuesday: 37 F. at Cross City, Florida - at the same time it was 41 F. at Quebec, Canada
Severe Threat Today. SPC is predicting a slight risk of hail, damaging winds, even an isolated tornado or two from near the Quad Cities, Madison and Chicago to Louisville and Indianapolis.
* The high temperature of 105 F. on April 22nd ties the hottest temperature ever recorded in Phoenix in the month of April (April 20, 1989 and April 29, 1992).
* The 3 consecutive days of 100+ heat hasn't happened during the month of April in Phoenix since 1992.
* All 3 of these days set daily record high temperatures for the city, but is a far cry from April 1989 when 10 daily record highs were set during the month.
Salt Lake City:
* Temperatures reached 86 F. at Salt Lake City Tuesday. This broke the the daily record of 85 set in 1977. That's 3 record days in a row for SLC!
Idaho "Hailers". From the Boise, Idaho office of The National Weather Service (via Facebook): "Isolated Severe Thunderstorms are producing large, damaging hail and wind gusts over 70 mph across portions of eastern Oregon and Southwestern Idaho this afternoon. These hail stones were photographed near Caldwell."
Graphic credit above: "Radar images and explanation for the tornadic thunderstorm that struck DFW Airport on April 3, 2012. Credit: NWS Dallas. Click on image for a larger version."
The Columbia Daily Tribune; here's an excerpt: "No doubt about it, University of Missouri senior Dustin Mazzio got some pretty impressive photographs and video footage of a twister in Kansas last weekend. A lot of other storm chasers did, too. A YouTube search for Kansas tornadoes brings up dozens of videos from the April 14 outbreak. There were so many thrill seekers chasing storm clouds with camera phones that Kansas safety officials have complained about traffic snarls, with one official calling the situation "outrageously stupid." The thing is weather spotters and chasers are extremely helpful to the National Weather Service, said Robb Lawson, a meteorologist with the service's Wichita, Kan., office."
Photo credit above: "University of Missouri student Dustin Mazzio captures a tornado on camera while storm chasing in Kansas."
"Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Take a bow. You live in one of the 2-3 most extreme states, in a United States that experience more severe weather than any other nation on Earth. On average we experience about 35 days that are potentially life-threatening: tornadoes, extreme lightning, flash floods, blizzards, wind chill, etc. America's diverse geography brews up a smorgasbord of airmasses that often converge on Minnesota. Last Saturday brought snow up north, tornadoes west. At the rate we're going April may wind up cooler than March. Never a dull moment.
It helps to know we're not alone. Monday brought 23.2 inches of snow to Laurel Summit, Pennsylvania. Meanwhile Phoenix saw a record high of 105; 113 at Death Valley, hottest ever recorded in April.
70-degree air surging north sparks T-storms today, the risk of anything severe slim. Cooler air pushes south, highs in the 50s late week - but frost-free in the metro area.
Not sure whether to cheer (or weep) but our late-week storm will probably pass south of Minnesota; weekend highs in the 50s under a mostly-blue sky. Expect 70s, even a few 80s from late next week into the first weekend of May.
No guarantees, but you may want to look for the Northern Lights the next few nights.
* photo of Tuesday kayaking on Lake of the Isles courtesy of WeatherNation TV meteorologist Aaron Shaffer
"We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive." - Albert Einstein
• First, the temperature differences create a pressure gradient between the mid-latitudes and the poles. This pressure gradient creates strong upper-level eastward winds that during most of the year pull storm systems away from the United States at a rapid speed."
Photo credit above: "A floating wind turbine with a capacity of 2.3MW, about 12km south-east of Karmøy, Norway. Photograph: StatoilHydro."
Graph credit above: "GISTemp global temperatures, with trends for El Niño, neutral, and La Niña years computed separately. Pinatubo years are excluded." Courtesy John Nielsen-Gammon and The Houston Chronicle.