1.3" of additional rain predicted by Saturday night in the Twin Cities.
79 F. Wednesday at Duluth, warmest day of the year so far.
* all damage reports (hail, high winds, funnels and tornado touchdowns) for the last 2 days can be found here, courtesy of NOAA.
Green Bay, Wisconsin: this past winter saw 5 feet less snow than the winter of 2010-11. Source: Jeff Last, NOAA.
Snowless winter reported at Asheville, North Carolina, for the first time since modern-day records were started in 1889-1890.
"While March was the warmest ever recorded in North America, April continued to provide favorable weather for seasonal demand as well as foot traffic. North America had its 4th warmest April in 50 years, and warmest since 2010. Precipitation was the least since 2001. In the U.S., April 2012 was the warmest since 2006 and driest since 2001. Canada experienced a warmer than normal April while precipitation was below normal.
- All 4 weeks of the month trended drier than last year in both the U.S. and Canada. In most instances, precipitation was also well below normal, helping support foot traffic into shopping centers and restaurants.
- Drought conditions persisted in the Southeast, Texas, and Southwest. Drought conditions also expanded along the Atlantic coast.
Photo credit: "Powerful storms often pound the coast of California in El Nino years. In December 2002, huge waves battered the pier and damaged the cafe operated by Chuck Fisher (pictured) at San Diego's Ocean Beach. Credit: San Diego Union-Tribune/John Gibbins."
"Are we done with frosty conditions for the season in the metro area?
Park Nicollet Health Services
Photo credit above: RIMAC.
Million Dollar Rain
"Are we done with frosty conditions for the season in the metro area?" asked Park Nicollet's Roger Asplund? The answer is a cautious yes. We'll cool off into the 60s from Saturday into most of next week, nights may see readings in the upper 30s. There's a lot of wisdom in that old adage "wait for annuals until after Mother's Day."<p>We're seeing a multi-million dollar rain event for farmers this week; some 1-4" rainfall amounts putting a sizable dent in our long-term drought.
According to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center 48% of Minnesota's corn was planted by April 29. That compares with 1% last year. Our fast-forward spring limps on.
Waves of showers and T-storms bubbling up along a fickle warm front will keep us partly-thundery today, tapering to light showers Friday. A few storms may still turn severe later today, especially over far southern Minnesota. If the sun stays out for a few hours we may brush 80 F. today, but readings will probably hold in the 60s from Friday into the first half of next week.
The weekend? "How 'bout that stadium bill!" The best chance of (heavier/steadier) rain comes Saturday into Sunday, as a strong storm tracks just south of Minnesota - with the heaviest amounts over central and southern Minnesota. Have a Plan B (indoors) for part of the weekend, or just embrace the rain. For now I'm happy to see rain, especially on a weekday.