"If my calculations are correct it is now February 93rd. Enough already." No argument here. It's been a (faux) spring to remember.
April was the 3rd colder than average month in a row. According to Dr. Mark Seeley it was the 10th wettest, statewide, on record. He speculates "The snow day in Rochester Thursday was probably the first time that southeastern Minnesota schools have closed for snow in May." Official ice-out on Lake Minnetonka was Thursday, "Only the 5th time in history the lake has lost ice cover in May. The last time was 1965" he wrote.
Payback for 2012? Let's hope Mother Nature gets her groove back, and soon.
Yesterday's snow was decorative (wrong word) - a high sun angle and infrared radiation penetrating thick clouds to keep roads wet. Expect light rain today, but spring returns Sunday (highs near 60F with peeks of sun); a good shot at 70F by Monday. Cue the chirping robins, harps and - within 1 week - lawn mowers.
A few T-showers pop up by midweek; temperatures closer to normal next week. You remember "NORMAL" right?
Catch your Fishing Opener trophy walleye next Saturday morning (falling barometer, few showers). Expect cooler 50s in time for Mother's Day brunch.
Stuck. The same (highly unusual for May) storm system responsible for snow as far south as Tulsa, Oklahoma and Fayetteville, Arkansas Friday will produce soaking rains over the southeast into Monday; rain showers slowly drying up over the Upper Midwest. Humidity levels increase in California with a little rain sweeping in off the Pacific, helping to ease the brushfire risk by Sunday. NAM model: NOAA.
Photo credit above: "Joel Krochalk, clears his driveway Friday morning, April 19, 2013 while surrounding by deeply drifted snow in his and neighboring yards, in Duluth, Minn." (AP Photo/The Duluth News-Tribune, Bob King)
- April precipitation totals were
well above historical averages in the eastern one-half of Minnesota,
near to below historical averages for the western one-half of the
state. For many southeast Minnesota counties, monthly precipitation
totals topped the long-term average by more than three inches, erasing
drought concerns in those areas. Many observers reported measurable
precipitation on more than 20 days during the month. Some observers
reported precipitation on 10 or 11 consecutive days.
[see: April 2013 Precipitation Map | April 2013 Climate Summary Table]
- Ten winter storm warnings and numerous winter weather advisories were issued for Minnesota counties by the National Weather Service during the course of the April. Frequent, and often heavy, storms piled up snowfall totals to record or near-record levels at many locations. Historical average monthly snowfall totals range from two inches in southern Minnesota to six inches in northern counties. In many Minnesota communities, April 2013 monthly snowfall totals exceeded 12 inches. Numerous locales reported monthly snowfall totals in excess of 24 inches. The focal point for the heaviest of the April snowstorms was northeast Minnesota, particularly Duluth, where April snowfall reached historic levels. The monthly snowfall total at Duluth's International Airport was an astounding 50.8 inches. Not only did this top the previous April record by nearly 20 inches, it was Duluth's snowiest month ever for any month of the year. The April snow and cold snarled roads, delayed agricultural field work, canceled outdoor events, and postponed natural signs of spring by many weeks.
Photo credit above: "Smoke billows from a fire burring in Point Mugu State Park during a wildfire that burned several thousand acres, Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Ventura County, Calif." (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Photo credit above: "Never done." AP Photo/Hassan Ammar.
"That Tweet likely articulates Google’s biggest fear for Glass, its wearable computer. What if the cool crowd doesn’t accept it? What if, like the Segway, it becomes an emblem of the awkwardly nerdy? What if consumers reject the technology because, even though it’s amazing, there’s too much social stigma to being seen in public with it?..."
Image credit above: Illustrations by Bruce Hutchison for ESPN The Magazine. "The origin of the high five is as mysterious as it is timeless."
Photo credit: Office of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon via Reuters. "Flooding is seen along the Mississippi River near LaGrange, Missouri, in this April 21, handout photo courtesy of the Missouri Governor's Office."
Graphic credit above: "January–December global land and ocean surface temperature anomalies (relative to 1961–1990) for the period 1950–2012."
Photo credit: Photos.com.