Real Twins Fans
In two days we'll discover who the true, die-hard Twins fans are. They'll be the ones braving the coldest home opener on record, in all probability.
According to Pete Boulay at the Climate Office the previous record for coldest opener was April 14, 1962, with an air temperature of 34F at the old Met Stadium. Monday's high will be near 31F, with a wind chill of 15-20F. Lovely.
We're creeping into spring this year; 40s feel like a Godsend. Dr. Mark Seeley reports February-March was the coldest such period since 2001 in the Twin Cities - and I believe him.
Persistent chill is delaying snow melt up north, increasing the potential for flooding, especially on the Red River. The risk has increased for Montevideo, Long Prairie, Aitkin and St. Cloud - details on the weather blog below.
Showery rains this morning give way to partial clearing by evening. A colder wind kicks in Easter Sunday - Monday appears to be the coldest day in sight; a cruel April Fool's joke.
Quick moderation is likely; 50F possible later next week - more rain in the extended outlook.
NOAA is still predicting "improvement" in our drought by June. If only spring would finally arrive, our moods would improve as well.
* Map above shows ECMWF predicted temperatures at 1 pm Monday.
· 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.)
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..."
Photo credit above: dreamstime.com.