A Mixed Blessing
Meteorologists often come off as Spock-like, Doppler-loving automatons; finger-pointing nerds who relish a good storm. Truth? We do.
But when weather is persistently foul (Exhibit A: this spring) it's no fun predicting the future.
Every day brings a chorus of new complaints. "Can't you DO something about this lousy weather, Paul?" When's the last time a sportscaster got BLAMED for the Twins losing? Totally irrational - but I guess it comes with the turf.
Sure, we've had 3 plowable snowfalls in April, nearly 18" snow - the snowiest month of the season; almost 4 times more snow than fell in January!
But a fire-hose of Gulf moisture has returned, fueling a parade of very wet storms. The drought is fading fast and the metro area should avoid the most serious river flooding in the weeks ahead. So it's not all bad news, right?
Wait, I think I hear crickets.
Expect lukewarm sun today & Tuesday, followed by 1-2" rains and greening lawns later this week, as a huge storm stalls over the Plains. Wednesday's soggy cold front does a U-turn; more rain pinwheeling in from the east by late week. Wet snow could mix in by Friday.
Excuse me while go I yell at the weatherman.
Photo credit: "The photo received more than 40 "like" on Lake Minnetonka's Facebook page in less than 24 hours.
Promising Fishing Opener Outlook? It's still pretty far out, but the cold, rainy (possibly snowy at times) atmospheric holding pattern that will torment us from Wednesday into Sunday should be gone by May 9. Highs on Fishing Opener Weekend may reach the 60s and 70s for metro lakes; 10 degrees cooler up north, but all things considered - not bad.
Maximum 24 Hour May Snowfalls in the Twin Cities:
3" May 1, 1935
2.8" May 11, 1946
* source: Minnesota Climate Office.
Photo credit: "Water covers the intersection of Illinois State Route 100 and Route 3 in Grafton, Ill., on Tuesday. Swollen rivers in the Midwest are expected to remain at high levels into next month." (Derik Holtmann / Associated Press / April 23, 2013)
Photo credit: Seth Perlman / AP. "Steve Peters uses a make shift bridge to access dry land in Peoria Heights, Ill. The Illinois River crested at 29.35 feet, eclipsing a 70-year record in Peoria."
81 F. high in the Twin Cities Sunday.
September 29, 2012: last time it got this warm in the metro area (82F).
On April 28 in Minnesota Weather History (courtesy of the Twin Cities National Weather Service):
1984: Late season snow blankets the Twin Cities with 6.6 inches.
1940: Heavy rains in Duluth with 3.25 inches of rain.
Photo credit: "Solar panels in the Sino-Singapore Eco-city near Tianjin on June 11, 2012." (AFP/File, Ed Jones)
Image above: AP.
Graphic credit above: 398.36 ppm. The very latest CO2 concentrations can be found at The Keeling Curve web site, operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
• Completely contrary to the popular contrarian myth, global warming has accelerated, with more overall global warming in the past 15 years than the prior 15 years. This is because about 90% of overall global warming goes into heating the oceans, and the oceans have been warming dramatically.
• As suspected, much of the 'missing heat' Kevin Trenberth previously talked about has been found in the deep oceans. Consistent with the results of Nuccitelli et al. (2012), this study finds that 30% of the ocean warming over the past decade has occurred in the deeper oceans below 700 meters, which they note is unprecedented over at least the past half century..."