An Improbable Year
On today's weather blog (below) I have a list of the most unusual and improbable Minnesota weather stories of 2013, courtesy of Pete Boulay, at the Minnesota Climatology Working Group. A few of the events that made me do a double-take: an historic snowstorm from May 1-3, an icy Fishing Opener up north, a damaging "wall of ice" whipped up by high winds, a rare August frost over the Arrowhead, followed by the 3rd warmest state fair on record, and only 15 tornadoes statewide. There were no tornadoes in the metro area, but the June 21 "Solstice Storm" whipped up damaging straight-line winds, dropping thousands of trees, sparking widespread power outages.
An odd year, but then again Minnesota's weather is rarely average.
I don't see any big storms brewing close to home between now and the end of next week - good news for New Year's travel plans. If you're heading east expect a soaking rain event Sunday, followed by subzero readings over New England next week as the same brutal airmass pushes east.
Expect a Eureka Moment today & Friday as temperatures soar into the mid-30s(!) followed by a massive Arctic Hangover Sunday, as readings plummet into single digits. Highs struggle to reach zero Monday & Tuesday, but another thaw is brewing for the end of next week.
Hey, the days are getting longer now. Can spring be far behind?
Image credits: Upper left: Lake Mille Lacs, May 11, 2013, courtesy of StormChasingVideo.com. Upper Right: "A tree split during the storm and fell at 47th and Oakland in south Minneapolis early Friday, June 21, 2013". Rachel Blount, Star Tribune.
A. Record January Precipitable Water in the Twin Cities
B. Southwest Minnesota Ice Storm of April 9-10 http://www.climate.umn.edu/doc/journal/winter_storm_april_9_2013.htm
C. Snowy April in Duluth
D. Historic May Snowstorm May 1-3, 2013
E. May 14th Heat Wave
F. Cold Spring/Late Ice out 2013
G. High Wind and Heavy Rain Event of June 21, 2013 http://www.climate.umn.edu/doc/journal/severe130621_22.htm
H. July 18-19 2013 Heavy Rain and Washout on the North Shore http://www.climate.umn.edu/doc/journal/07182013_storm.htm
I. National Night Out Storm of August 6
J. 3rd Warmest State Fair on record
K. Lack of Tornadoes in 2013 for Minnesota (only 15, the lowest since 1990) also very low in US
- The November temperature was 41.6°F, 0.3°F below the 20th century average, ranking near the median value in the 119-year period of record.
- Below-average temperatures were present for a majority of the contiguous U.S. east of the Rockies. Above-average temperatures were present for the Southwest, as well as Florida. No state had November temperatures ranking among the ten warmest or coolest.
- The nationally-averaged precipitation total during November was 2.01 inches, 0.11 inch below the 20th century average, also ranking near the median value in the 119-year period of record.
86 Days Of U.S. Snowcover In One Minute. Check out the changes since October 1 across America, courtesy of NOAA and Rebel Mouse.
Elevated Fire Risk Bay Area. While polar air invades the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes, spinning up a parade of East Coast storms in the coming days, the West Coast remains unusually quiet, sunny, mild and very dry. California is experiencing the driest year in state history - it's unusual to be tracking wildfires in late December (when storms should be sweeping in off the Pacific). Graphic: National Weather Service.
Do You Have NOAA's mPING App? The more (reliable) data, the better, including storm reports. That's the concept behind NSSL's (National Severe Storm Lab's (free) mPING app. More details here.
Photo credit above: "Tourists wear protective masks while walking at the Bund under heavy haze in Shanghail, China, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. Shanghai warned children, the elderly and people suffering from heart or lung disease to stay indoors as smog engulfed the city." (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko).
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Photo credit above: "Dr. Alexis Felder, Founder of The Joseph Assignment Global Initiative gives a child in Ghana, Africa her first cup of clean drinking water." (PRNewsFoto/Joseph Assignment Global Initiative)
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