Friday Storm Reports. Strong to severe T-storms swept across Texas yesterday, as many as 4 tornado touchdowns reported in the Brownsville area, hail up to 2" in diameter north of Dallas. Click here for an interactive map, courtesy of NOAA and Ham Weather. The threat of severe storms lingers in the Houston area through the morning hours today.
Twin Cities Weekend Weather For People In A Hurry:
Today: Plenty of sun. Highs: 65-70. Winds: NW 5-10.
Mother's Day: Sunny, milder. Highs: 69-74. Winds: W/SW 7-12
"The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad." - A.K. Best
Lukewarm; Mostly-Dry Into Wednesday. The European ECMWF (which tends to do a better job with long-range weather than the GFS) shows a warming trend into Tuesday, when a puff of slightly cooler, Canadian air may spark a stray shower or T-shower. A surge of hot air arrives late next week, a good shot at 80 by next Friday and Saturday. The hot front will spark T-storms; best chance Friday and Saturday. Enjoy the quiet, dry spell while you can.
Meteorological Miracle. Yesterday's blustery cool front is pushing east, plenty of sun for the Upper Midwest today and Mother's Day. The northeast warms up, the next chance of showers late Sunday into Tuesday for much of the eastern seaboard. Meanwhile record heat settles over the Pacific Northwest over the weekend with the warmest temperatures of the year so far. NAM model data courtesy of NOAA.
May 1st: 1.73 inches at St Cloud Airport
May 2nd: 2.05 inches at Windom and 2.10 inches at Elk River
May 3rd: 2.21 inches at Zumbrota and Wabasha
May 4th: 1.70 inches at Amboy
May 5th: 2.41 inches at Winnebago and 2.33 inches at Sherburn
May 6th: 2.78 inches at Marshall, 2.86 inches at Hawley, 3.06 inches at Redwood Falls, 3.50 inches at Hastings, and 3.62 inches at Pipestone
The 3.62 inches of rainfall reported at Pipestone on May 6th was a new state record for the date, beating the 3.48 inches that fell at Minneota on May 6, 1983.
April Warming Trends. Here's an interesting nugget (and YouTube animation) from NOAA: “After a decade of warmer than average Aprils in the U.S., few highest monthly maximum temperature records for April remain from the 20th Century. This image plots the decade in which the highest average April temperature record was set for different regions of the country, starting in 1911 (i.e., 1911-1920) and running through 2010, using data from the NOAA National Climatic Center’s detailed archives. The records broken in 2011 and 2012 are shown separately. Most of the pixel colors are associated with the 2001-2010, 2011 and 2012 time periods. Gray indicates no data (records) are associated with that area of the country.“
Upper left photo credit: "Twin waterspouts seen off the coast of Grand Isle, La., on May 9. Click on image for a larger version. Credit: Capt. Danny Wray, via NWS/Facebook."
Upper right photo credit: "Four waterspouts seen at once off the La. coast on May 9. Credit: WRAL Mike Maze via Facebook."
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"Mammatus". Photo from the Bismarck National Weather Service, via Mark Zuckerberg: "Mammatus clouds that rolled through Minot during last night's thunderstorms. Photo courtesy of Sean K."
Most Expensive Weather Disasters Of 2012. 7 of the top 14 weather disasters worldwide during the first 4 months of 2012 were in the USA. Chart courtesy of Aon Benfield.
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Photo credit above: "Science satellites operated by NASA and NOAA track a broad range of environmental markers, including the thinning of ice sheets and changes in cloud cover and temperature. (NASA / June 26, 2010)."
"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day." - Alexander Woollcott
It's a meteorological miracle! The planets have aligned and for some inexplicable reason the sun will be out much of the day (on a Saturday?)
By comparison, last year's Opener was foul with rain and a cool drizzle.
Yesterday's showery front is pushing east; the sun stays out much of today with a light northwest breeze; highs near 70. A well-timed spring daydream. Mother's Day looks warmer: mid 70s.
Pack sunscreen in that tackle box. The sun is about as high in the sky as it ever gets. Many otherwise bright adults believe it has to be hot to get a sunburn. Wrong answer. What matters is the sun angle, the date. Why bother? Two million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year. Nearly half of all Americans will have skin cancer at least once by the time they turn 65. Take the sun seriously.
A June's worth of rain last weekend has eased Minnesota's drought; only a small portion of south central MN in moderate drought.
No more monsoon rains in sight, in fact a dry sky prevails for at least a week; highs topping 80 next week.
We've enjoyed 18 days above 70 so far this spring. Last year at this time: only 5 days of 70+.
Enjoy a terrific weekend. About time.
"In an underdeveloped country, don't drink the water; in a developed country, don't breathe the air." - Changing Times Magazine.
Photo credit above: Ralph Timmermann / Alfred Wegener Institute. "Part of Antarctica's Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf is seen in the Weddell Sea. Two new studies project the shelf will disappear by 2100, potentially releasing ice trapped on Antarctica's largest ice sheet."
Photo credit above: Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters. "Lone tourists walk along Red Square in heavy smog, caused by peat fires in nearby forests, in central Moscow, Aug. 9, 2010."
* Hansen's paper can be found here (pdf).
Photo credit above: "A tornado makes its way through farmlands near Rush Center, Kansas, on April 14, 2012. Over 100 tornadoes ripped through several Plains states in just 24 hours that weekend." Gene Blevins / Reuters