March is the most changeable month in Minnesota. Not unusual to see temps in the 60s to tornadoes ending in snow all in a 24 hour period. On Monday an EF-1 tornado formed near the town of Zimmerman making it the earliest tornado in Minnesota history. The previous record was a tornado March 18, 1968 north of Truman.
The meteorology community has been buzzing all week with the latest installment of data from the new GOES-R satellite. While still non-operational the higher resolution "satellites will make available 34 meteorological, solar and space weather products" that will immensely improve weather forecasting and warnings. The same line of severe thunderstorms that raced across across Minnesota on Monday extended down across Iowa. The new GOES-R satellite (above) captured the hi-res cloud imagery as severe t-storms developed.
Winter Makes A Comeback
For once, below normal temperatures are anticipated this week. Typical highs for early March are generally in the 40s yet we spend Friday & Saturday in the 20s. For much of this winter we've had the cold spells but a lack of moisture resulting in our snow deficit. This time the cold may be worth is as snow may blanket the ground once again Sunday-Monday.
Probability of measureable snow Sunday-Monday
A robust clipper races through central Minnesota Sunday. Could bring enough snow to pack along the singletrack. What falls won't stick around for long, however. Temperature late next week could return to the 40s. Such is the month of March!
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