Mental Health Alert
If this keeps up much longer the 7-Day Outlook may come with a warning label. According to Pete Boulay, at the State Climate Office, the record for latest 60F high in the Twin Cities is April 26, 1904.
Looking at how our weather is stuck in an unseasonably cold rut, we may just break that record.
According to Dr. Abraham Verjovsky at Premiere Psychiatric Medicine in Edina all of us are being impacted by our sickly spring, to one degree or another. "Low energy and motivation, anxiety, problems with sleep, irritability, unexplained aches and pains, we are so familiar with these" he told me via e-mail. "Patients describe how horrible they feel, how sick of snow they are, how they don't want to get out of bed, how depressing, nay, life-draining this weather is". Verjovsky believes that huge variations from "average weather" afflict most of us with a mild case of SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder.
We may see a few 50s the last week of April, but Mother Nature tests our resolve again next week. A cold rain Sunday gives way to a rain-snow mix Wednesday night, but the brunt of the storm stays east of Minnesota. Keep a heavy jacket handy.
This too shall pass - but not soon enough.
Photo credit above: "A pedestrian makes their way through downtown Ottawa on Friday, April 12, 2013., as a major winter storm blows through the National Capital region." THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Good call on the snow totals! Since you are my weather guru, I'm wondering if you could take a guess at how long this 3-6" in the Twin Cities will stick around? I've seen competing reports about it being gone by the weekend or sticking around into the middle of next week. I am a lacrosse coach, and would like to plan if we will have to be indoors still by Monday!
Karen - most of the snow in the east metro will be gone by Saturday afternoon; it may take a little longer over the west metro, where there is 4-7" on the ground. Rain will accelerate snow melt Sunday, but most lawns in the western suburbs probably won't be snow-free until Monday afternoon. The sun angle is too high for snow to linger for long.
Just wanted to let you know that there are many children who are seriously disappointed they didn't cancel school. They were all betting on a snow day.
Keep up the good work.
Thanks Rod - I'm surprised that more schools didn't cancel or postpone classes Thursday. Roads were terrible, temperatures just below freezing combined with sleet, freezing rain to put down a layer of rutted ice beneath the snow. When is the last time we had a snow day in April? Probably not since 1983, when 21.8" fell.
Photo credit above: "The Multi-Angle Snowflake Camera, or MASC, is able to capture 3D photos of individual snowflakes in free-fall."
* family of snowmen above courtesy of Susan Marmot.