July. Only month where snow has never been reported at an official weather station in Minnesota. There's a fun stat.
Brushed By Slush
"May you live in interesting times." Oh yeah. I've moved my Doppler deep underground, into The Weather Bunker. I'm now a reluctant new member of the FBI's Witness Protection Program.
Did I mention I'm just the messenger? But if it makes you feel better go ahead and YELL! Get it all out...
This is the price we're paying for a rapid easing of drought conditions. The same high-amplitude full latitude trough, a vast kink in the jet stream which behaves like a storm incubator, is thriving on these huge north-south temperature contrats, pulling moisture north out of the Gulf of Mexico, turning many Midwest counties from drought to flood in the meteorological blink of an eye.
Yes, the drought is over for the Twin Cities and quickly easing everywhere else. There will be water in our lakes, rivers and topsoil this summer.
But will there be summer? Yes. Abbreviated compared to last year, coming after 7 months in a row of snow.
The all-time May snow record is 3" set in 1946. If it's going to snow let's set a gasp-worthy record. Concerned loved ones living in warmer climes may place a "are you OK?" call today. Perfect.
A slushy, sloppy AM snow (coating to 2" for much of the metro - considerably more for the southern/eastern suburbs of St. Paul, where 3-7" may fall) quickly melts; the atmosphere warm enough for another inch of rain Friday into Saturday. Skies may brighten Sunday, with highs near 50; better weather for the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon. 60s return next week; a cooling trend requiring jackets for the 2013 Fishing Opener.
Good news: since 1891 MSP hasn't seen snow in June. Ever. Denver's latest snow is June 12.
See, it could be worse.
Top 10 May Snow Event? For parts of the east metro it may be a Top 5 snowfall, but the official readings for the Twin Cities are taken at MSP International Airport. Not sure we'll set an all-time record, but just the fact that I feel compelled to include this graph speaks volumes. Information courtesy of the Twin Cities National Weather Service.
Photo credit above; "The snowy scene in Boulder, Colo. on Wednesday morning." Credit: Claudia Tebaldi, Climate Central.
Photo credit above: "Heat waves distort a picture of airplanes waiting to take off from National Airport on April 26." (JIM LO SCALZO, EPA)
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Photo credit above: "The LED lights brightens the GM logo atop the Renaissance Center towers in downtown Detroit on Tuesday, September 21, 2011. GM plans to install more such lighting on the Ren Cen." WILLIAM ARCHIE/Detroit Free Press.
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