CycleCast: Dry, 80 degree weather returns to the metro on Saturday. Thunderstorms and a good downpour Sunday could temporarily close trails Monday. Next wet storm arrives Wednesday-Thursday next week.
Saturday: Sunny, warm! H: 81 Wind: SW 10
Saturday Night: Increasing clouds. L: 61
Sunday: Thunderstorms. H: 84 L: 54 Wind: SW 10-15
Monday: Rain ending. H: 72 L: 48 Wind: NE 15-20
Tuesday: Drier, partly sunny. H: 72 L: 52 Wind: E 10
Wednesday: Increasing rumbles of thunder. H: 72 L: 54 Wind: SE 10-15
Warmer Weather, Better Mood: Should be no surprise that with sunnier weather comes happier people, especially in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Turns out that sunny, warmer weather can also make us more inventive.
Deepening Drought: Severe drought has now popped up over 32% of Minnesota. A solid 3-4 inches of rain is needed to get us out.
The recent high wind and low humidity have really dried out the first few feet of topsoil. "Measurements show that the vast majority of available store moisture is in the layer from 3-5 ft below the surface. The top 2 feet are quite dry", says Minnesota State Climatologist, Mark Seeley.
Rare Rainbow: A rare quadruple rainbow was spotted earlier this month in the northeastern U.S. This optical phenomenon occurs when a double rainbow is re-reflected off of large bodies of calm water such as lakes.
Volcano Waves: Last week as Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted high into the atmosphere, the powerful push of ash sent shockwaves or "gravity waves" through our upper atmosphere.
Forecast Summary: More sun and less wind this week. Low humidity has quickly dried the top layer of soil but an increase in rain is expected this weekend as a front stalls over Minnesota.
Notice the wind this month? April tends to be our windiest month of the year, but this April has been especially windy. We saw 9 days with wind gusts over 30 mph.
Thunderstorms will begin to increase over our trails Friday and Sunday as a front stalls and gulf moisture begins to stream north. Conditions stay rather warm, however, with a string of 70 degree days into next week week.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. H: 72 Wind: NE 7
Wednesday Night: Clear. L: 46
Thursday: Sunny. H: 70 L: 46 Wind: E 10
Friday: Isolated thunder, breezy. H: 73 L: 50 Wind: SW 10-15
Saturday: Dry sunshine. H: 75 L: 54 Wind: NW 7
Sunday: Downpour potential high, thunderstorms. H: 75 L: 55 Wind: E 2
The first 1 to 2 feet of topsoil is extremely dry due to the recent wind and low relative humidity. Moderate drought continues across Minnesota and with a developing El Nino, dry conditions may be favored into fall.
With a storm track well south of Minnesota, any heavy precipitation will stay south of our metro trails. Temperature will continue to hold near normal through next week but models keep hinting at 70s & 80s the first few days of May.
Saturday: Scattered rain showers. H: 54 Wind: E 15
Saturday Night: Rain ending. L: 35
Sunday: Sunny and dry. H: 61 L: 39 Wind: NE 10
Monday: Mostly sunny. H: 61 L: 43 Wind: NE 5-10
Tuesday: Isolated showers. H: 57 L: 41 Wind: NE 10
Wednesday: Isolated rain. H: 61 L: 43 Wind: NE 10
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Sunday: Steady rain thru midday for Miesville FiftySix. H: 46 Wind: NW 20
Sunday Night: Lighter rain showers, much colder. L: 37
Monday: Light rain. Mixing with snow Monday night. H: 45 L: 34 Wind: NW 20
Tuesday: Morning rain/snow mix, cloudy. H: 48 L: 32 Wind: NW 20
Wednesday: Sun returns. H: 48 L: 28 Wind: NW 15-20
Thursday: Hard morning freeze. Partly sunny PM. H: 50 L: 29 Wind: NW 10-15
By mid April, the temperature gradient north to south across the country can be extreme. The higher sun angle begins to really warm the southern states, whereas cold air every so often spills over the northern states from Canada. This large temperature contrast often creates strong areas of low pressure capable of whipping up high winds and severe storms.
Minnesota will be void of any severe weather but the wind will continue to howl. The stiff breeze has resulted in high evaporation rates and one by one, the MORC trails have opened again. With limited rain this week, wildfires will be a top concern.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, warm. H: 68 Wind: SE 20
Wednesday Night: Clear. L:45
Thursday: Sunny, windy. H: 64 L: 39 Wind: SE 10
Friday: Mostly sunny. H: 68 L: 36 Wind: SW 10-15
Saturday: Mostly sunny. H: 63 L: 41 Wind: NE 15-20
Sunday: Party sunny morning, scattered rain developing late. H: 59 L: 37 Wind: W 10-15
April can be a very odd month. Floods, thunder, snow, tornadoes can all occur, heck, even in the same day! Heavy rain changed to wet snow Thursday night in some parts of southeastern Minnesota. Cannon Falls received 2 inches of snow. Our neighbors to our south in Iowa had tornado damage in the eastern part of the state while the west received measurable snow.
"Tornado damage reported near Camanche/Clinton in eastern Iowa... snow falling west... dogs/cats living together..." -Jason Parkin, meteorologist and fatbiker at KCWI in Des Moines.
April...a wacky month, indeed.
Yes, the rain has postponed any hopes of extended trail openings but the moisture is badly needed. 2-5 inches of liquid precipitation would get us out of this moderate drought. And the weather pattern next week is looking increasingly wet.
Saturday: Sunny. Best day of weekend. H: 64 Wind: S 10-15
Saturday Night: Increasing clouds. L: 46
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, scattered t-storms. H: 63 L: 36 Wind: S 20
Monday: Sunny. H: 63 L: 37 Wind: W 15-25
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. H: 64 L: 45 Wind: SW 5-10
Wednesday: Scattered showers. H: 57 L: 39 Wind: SW 15-20
Like the feel of cotton? This comfortable fabric could be in jeopardy as temperature increases will likely occur in key growing areas. See, cotton loves to grow in 90 degree heat, anything hotter than that and the cotton yields begin to decrease.
Water cooler moment: Antarctica might have just recorded the highest temperature ever. During the last week in March the temperature on the northern tip reached 63.5 degrees, the previous warmest day ever recorded was 62.8. degrees. Yes, Antarctica was warmer than Minnesota.
Trails opened for a brief time this past weekend. What a tease! Off and on chances of precipitation this week dashed any hopes of extended openings. Patience really is a virtue.
Wednesday: Cloudy. H: 43 Wind: E 10-15
Wednesday Night: Rain returns. L: 32
Thursday: Rain, some steady at times. H: 46 L: 32 Wind: N 15-20
Friday: Mix of rain and snow early. H: 50 L: 30 Wind: NW 15-25
Saturday: Dry! Mostly sunny and warmer. H: 55 L: 36 Wind: SE 10
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, scattered showers. H: 55 L: 39 Wind: SE 15-20
Extended trail closures are likely with widespread 1-2 inches by the weekend. On a positive note, this rain will likely put a dent in the drought across the state.
Saturday: Partly sunny. H: 50 Wind: NW 10
Saturday Night: Increasing clouds, light rain/snow mix L: 27
Easter Sunday: Light rain/snow mix. Little to no accumulation. H: 45 L: 27 Wind: E 10
Monday: Rain and snow. H: 41 L: 27 Wind: NE 15-20
Tuesday: Cloudy, rain & snow. H: 41 L: 23 Wind: E 20-25
Wednesday: Partly sunny. H: 45 L: 28 Wind: E 10-15
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