Hi. Welcome to an emergency session of Paul's Weather Therapy. Lie down on the sofa - prop up your feet - and tell me why you're feeling blue, listless and anxious. Reoccurring nightmares of the Polar Vortex? The Godzilla of Cold Fronts? I share your sense of unease and angst.
We shouldn't be tracking a few inches of snow over the U.P. of Michigan on May 16. Frost advisories for greater Minnesota? Rare, but not unprecedented this time of year.
The jet stream is still drunk, recovering from a 5-month winter hangover; still prone to getting tangled up in a slow-motion holding pattern where blobs of unseasonably cold air stall out for days or weeks on end. This has spawned torrential rains east of the Mississippi, while the west continues to fry - and burn.
Cold air aloft sparks ragged clouds and a few PM sprinkles today, but spring battles back as May windchill finally retreats northward over the weekend. Expect 60s by Sunday, a few 70s next week. T-storms are most likely on Monday.
It's still early but I'm cautiously optimistic about a warm Memorial Day Weekend; highs in the 60s and 70s. Potentially warm enough to mow the lawn and take the boat out for a maiden voyage.
10,000 Acres Already Scorched in SoCal Wildfires. Details from the Los Angeles Times.
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Photo credit above: Army Corps of Engineers, via flickr. "Chicago's April 2013 rainstorms flooded basements and streets."
Photo credit: Ocean Drive in Miami with simulated 12 foot sea level rise - Credit: Nickolay Lamm. Data: Climate Central