* Even if it snows, chances are it'll melt by midday or afternoon - the sun is simply too high in the sky for snow to linger for lawn.
** Surface temperatures should be in the mid 30s early Saturday morning, so I suspect most roads will remain wet. That said, if it snows hard enough a little slush could build up on secondary roads and bridges, especially outside the metro. It's late April, right? This is the kind of event that tests Minnesota's collective sense of humor.
Today's Severe Threat. According to NOAA SPC a few storms may exceed severe limits from Wichita to Kansas City and Tulsa later today: hail, damaging winds, even a few isolated tornadoes.
Map credit above: "Locations where average temperatures during April 2012 are likely to be cooler than March was, according to Climate Central research. Click for an interactive version."
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Apple's iPhone 5 Made Of Metallic Glass And Arrives In October. Rumor and iSpeculation from Forbes.com: "Two interesting little rumours about the next generation of Apple‘s iPhone, what we assume will be called the iPhone 5. The first is that it will be made, at least in part, of metallic glass. The second is that it will arrive in October. Let’s deal with the easy one first, the arrival date. Rather than the previously assumed summer launch it will be later. The basic reason is that Qualcomm, makers of some of the necessary chips, cannot ramp up production fast enough, thus the delay. The second is more complicated: metallic glass is an odd material and many will get this wrong. A possibly more accurate description would be glassy metal."
645 Pro Turns Your iPhone Into A Mini-DSLR Camera. Can you tell I have an iPhone? Totally impartial. Yeah, I'm a fanboy. It's amazing what you can squeeze out of a smartphone. The best phone is the one you always have on you, right? Details from Redmond Pie: "While the iPhone 4/4S camera have both managed to displace some of the more popular standalone cameras on sites such as Flickr, many of those with professional photographic nous still don’t view the Apple smartphone’s camera as a serious choice. With good reason, too. Many of the apps make it easy to create and manipulate an image, and as such, the benchmark for what one would consider "good photography" has become somewhat hazy. 645 PRO, an iPhone 4S-specific camera app, tries – and often succeeds – to offer a more feature-rich, professional image-snapping experience."
Whispering The S-Word
"Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet" wrote Roger Miller. We need the rain, yes. It's the s-n-o-w we can live without.<p>After an extraordinarily warm March I've been waiting for the other shoe to drop. An average April (ha!) brings nearly 3 inches of slush. The beauty of a late-April snow (if I can use those words in the same sentence): whatever falls melts within hours. The sun is simply too high in the sky for slush to linger for long.
A cold rain overspreads central and southern Minnesota tonight, models hinting at enough cold air in the lowest mile of the atmosphere for a period of wet snow Saturday morning. Some models are printing out a few inches of slush for southeastern Minnesota, maybe a coating for the metro early? But with temperatures above 32 F roads will be wet. Saturday will be a good day for spring housecleaning, day-dreaming and Facebooking your weather complaints to friends in warmer climes. Check the blog for snow updates. Yeah, I hope the models are out to lunch too.
Sun returns Sunday with highs topping 60. 70s return early next week, a shot at 80 by Wednesday. We may see enough moisture and instability for a few strong to severe T-storms next Tuesday and Wednesday. Something to look forward to. Let's just get past Saturday
Behind The Present Pause In Global Warming. Jason Samenow from The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang has a very interesting article: "Has global warming stopped since the turn of the millennium? Yes - if you examine the data in a vacuum. But has the warming pressure on the atmosphere from man-made greenhouse gases stopped? No - not at all. A closer look at the data bears that out. It’s easy to glance at a temperature chart of the last 12 years (to the right) and draw the conclusion warming has slowed or stopped. That’s what renowned environmental scientist James Lovelock did and he’s now told MSNBC he’s backed away from his dire concerns about global warming."
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Photo credit above: "Wind turbines near Mojave, Calif., generate power. (Al Seib, Los Angeles Times / March 22, 2011)."