In an effort to cut down on cold-related injuries in the field the Twins will use a Wiffle Ball for today's chilly game at Target Field. Bundle up - a cruel breeze will make it feel like 15-20F by the 8th inning.
In other news NOAA will be naming tornadoes after American Presidents in 2013. "Our goal is to make warnings more memorable and authoritative", an unnamed official remarked. How odd.
Look at the bright side: this will probably be the last significant blast of numbing air. Famous last words. Today will be the most uncomfortable day; winds ease Tuesday and daytime highs rebound to 50F the latter half of this week as The Big Melt resumes.
It's a volatile pattern, making the 7-Day Outlook more tenuous than ever. I don't see any 60s, but a cold rain is likely late Friday into Saturday, again on Monday. Remember, the larger the north-south contrast in temperature the greater the odds of Pacific storms strengthening east of the Rockies, pushing Gulf moisture into Minnesota.
The latest 30-year averages show 2 inches of slushy snow during a typical April - it usually melts within 24 hours. By April 30 the average high is a balmy, hope-inspiring 65F.
And that's no joke.
Gloves: On The Field And Off. Heading to Target Field for the Twins Home Opener? Pack your warmest clothes, because models show air temperatures in the upper 20s and low 30s, with a wind chill hovering from 18-25F. More like a Gophers game in mid-December. At least the sun will be out much of the afternoon, which should help (a little).
The interactive graphic above shows a comparison between the temperature departures from average during March of 2013 (through March 28) and March 2012.
· Minnesota River at Montevideo (Much above normal – now an 86% chance to see minor flood stage of 14 ft.)
· Long Prairie River at Long Prairie (Above normal now has a >95% chance to see minor flood stage of 6.0 ft.)
· Mississippi River at Aitken (above normal ~ 85% chance to see minor flood stage of 12ft)
· Mississippi River at St Cloud (above normal now has a 52% chance to see minor flood stage of 9.0 ft.)
For the 12-hour period: 28 miles, down from 32 miles last year.
For the 24-hour period: 45 miles, down from 50 miles..."
Photo credit above: "Workers clear honey from dead beehives at a bee farm east of Merced, California." Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP.
Graphic credit above: "Annual increase of CO2 at Mauna Loa. The 12-month running mean reduces the double noise in the 12-month change. Blue asterisks show the end-of-year 12-month change often reported in the media."
Q: How would melting Arctic ice lead to cold snaps?
A: The theory is the loss of sea ice means more heat is released from the open ocean, warming the layer of polar air over the water. That reduces the temperature and air pressure differentials with more southern latitudes, increasing the likelihood of a negative state in the atmospheric circulation..."