Friday, May 10, 2013

Weather Nation Headlines: Cool Spring Responsible for Lingering Lake Ice and Tornado Drought

Ice Covered for MN Fishing Opener?

It's interesting that we're still talking about ice covered lakes here mid May, isn't it? An article by Startribune's Doug Smith suggests that "Some of more popular fishing lakes haven't seen an occurrence like this in perhaps 60 years."

"Ice reportedly is still 2 feet thick on some northern lakes, and though it has deteriorated in many areas, major lakes from Lake Mille Lacs north — including Leech, Upper Red, Cass, Lake of the Woods, Winnibigoshish and Vermilion — still could be mostly ice-covered Saturday.
“There will be substantial ice cover on the northern third of the state,’’ said Henry Drewes, Department of Natural Resources regional fisheries manager in Bemidji. “It will not be gone by Saturday. This is certainly the most significant late-season ice cover I have seen in my 25 years with the DNR.’’
One likely would have to go back to 1950, when late ice-out records were set on many lakes, to see a comparable situation."

Lake Mille Lacs
This is a view of Lake Mille Lacs from Friday courtesy - note how much ice is still out there! WOW!

Satellite Of Minnesota Lakes
Take a look at the satellite view over Minnesota from Friday. Anglers that are hoping to dunk to boat in the water for the fishing opener might have to head to one of the lakes in the southern half or two-thirds of the state as most of the northernmost lakes are still frozen. Notice the white color to Lake Mille Lacs, which is still frozen, while Lake Minnetonka near the Twin Cities is ice free!

Ice Out at Whipple Lake in Baxter
Thanks to my good friend Jen Polich for the pictures below out at Whipple Lake in Baxter, MN. Pretty quick ice out this week. My hunch is that there will be quite a few more lakes that open up this weekend with as much wind as we get Saturday!
THURSDAY (Not Ice Out)

FRIDAY (Finally Ice Out!) - The MN DNR website doesn't have data for Whipple Lake, but area lakes suggest that the latest ice out was early May. This certainly could be the latest ice out date on Whipple Lake that we've had in recorded history...

Officially Ice Out
The Minnesota DNR runs a fantastic website that shows what lakes are offiically ice out. It also compares this year's ice out vs. the earliest and latest ice outs in recorded history. It's interesting to note that there are several lakes this year that have and will set their latest ice out dates in recorded history.

Drastic Changes Ahead
WOW! Take a look at the wild ride we'll have over the next several days. From a windy and colder Saturday (MN Fishing Opener) and frost AM Mother's Day to highs flirting with 90 by Tuesday! Here's more from the National Weather Service out of the Twin Cities.
"A cold front will push through tonight with a period of showers accompanying it. Much colder temperatures will follow the front for Saturday as wind gusts approach 40 mph. High pressure building in Saturday night will lead to areas of frost and temperatures from the mid 20s to lower 30s. However, a large upper level ridge will build over our region by Tuesday afternoon, bringing a drastic increase in temperatures. Highs by Tuesday will range from the mid 80s to lower 90s."

 Tornado Drought Continues
This is pretty interesting from Iowa Environmental Mesonet that shows the number of days since that last tornado warning issued in the selected National Weather Service county warning area.

Extended Severe Potential
Keep in mind that May is typically the greatest tornado producing month of the year; I thought this was interesting. The extended 4 to 8 day severe weather outlook looks pretty quiet. Other than perhaps a few isolated strong to severe thunderstorms here and there, it appears that there won't be any significant severe weather outbreaks coming in the near future... Stay tuned.

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