"Another last fatbike ride," remarked avid fatbiker C.J. Smith. Keyword: another. Will last Wednesday be the last snowy ride on the fatbike? Hard to say with the way this spring has been going. I thought the second to last snowstorm would be the grand finale. I was proved wrong with the 20" snowfall just north of the metro this past week. Many grumbled while fatbikers rejoiced!
Easter Sunday looks superb. A southwesterly flow brings back highs close to 70 degrees. Mild conditions with the possibility of thunderstorms (some severe) late in the week.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, an afternoon shower/clap of thunder? H: 67 Wind: SW 15-20
Saturday Night: Partial clearing. L: 49
Sunday: Partly sunny. Warming up! H: 72 L: 51 Wind: NE 4
Monday: Sunny. H: 69 L: 49 Wind: NW 10-15
Tuesday: Sunny. H: 59 L: 43 Wind: NW 10
Wednesday: Rain arrives late. H: 62 L: 48 Wind: SE 10
Thursday: Thunderstorms. H: 61 L: 47 Wind: SE 5-10
Friday: Showers and storms. H: 59 L: 46 Wind: NE 10-15
Bike Weather Station
Back in 2009, the American Meteorological Society formed the Committee on Mobile Observations which considered the use of automobiles to observe hyper-local temperature differences. Now a bicycle-based weather station is being used for observing local temperature variations. This weather bike "demonstrates the ability of bicycle-based meteorological instrumentation to observe topographic variations in near-surface temperature, and the potential use of these bicycle-based observations for atmospheric science education." Very cool.
Bad Allergy Season
Allergies acting up this season? Once again, you can blame the polar vortex. In fact, some are dubbing it the "pollen vortex".
The simple reason is that flowers are temperature-sensitive. They don't open up and release pollen when it's cold. Trees that normally would have bloomed several weeks ago are just budding now.
Severe weather season, nationwide, has gotten off to a slow start.
Through March 31, the United States had only 70 reported tornadoes even though the first quarter has averaged more than 170 a year over the last 10 years. April has remained quiet, with 36 preliminary tornado reports. Oklahoma hasn’t seen an intense tornado since May 31, the longest such stretch on record.
Many severe weather experts blame the persistent drought over the Plains for the lack of tornadoes. A lackluster start, however, doesn't necessarily mean a quiet finish. Remember, Minnesota is still in tornado alley.
Don't forget to represent Minnesota and vote for Cottage Grove Bike Park!
Summer brings warm afternoons perfect for biking, but the summer heat and humidity can also spark thunderstorms and severe weather. Be prepared for any type of adverse weather headed your way with Aeris Pulse.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story