Recent wind and warm weather has sped up the evaporation process. Still, lots of standing water to be had on our metro trails. Expect cold and wet weather to put a temporary halt on the drying through Easter weekend.
Saturday: Rain, mainly in the morning. Totals less than 0.25" H: 63° Wind: N 5
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy. Colder air moves in. L: 40°
Sunday: Colder. Cloudy, light showers for the Miesville Grinder. H: 44° L: 30° Wind: NE 10
Monday: Sunny, dry. Northern MN may see 0° overnight. H: 37° L: 25° Wind: NW 10
Tuesday: Sunny. H: 41° L: 25° Wind: N 2-4
Wednesday: Cold rain. Rain/snow mix overnight. H: 45° L: 32° Wind: SE 10
Thursday: A wet, cool, raw day. Rain and snow showers testing the 30 Days of Biking spirit. H: 45° L: 33° Wind: NE 10-15
El Nino is Coming
Remember this Chris Farley skit on SNL? A classic. The real El Nino is forecast to return over the next few months with warmer than normal ocean waters in the eastern equatorial Pacific.
What does this mean for Minnesota? Typically when a strong El Nino is present, the number of days with 2" of snow is down. Also the number of days below freezing are a little less and the number of days with temps above average increase.
Our trails are constantly being worked over by the the freeze-thaw cycle. Trails typically start to really dry out come the first week in May when the last freeze occurs.
Minnesota Tornado Warnings
Of course, with the change in the season comes the increased risk of severe weather. We need to remember that southern Minnesota is still technically in tornado alley.
This map shows the average number of minutes per year a particular county is under a tornado warning. So for many Minnesota counties, if you were to take shelter for ever tornado warning issued then you would spend between 30 minutes to 2 hours a year in your shelter. Wow. Definitely puts things into perspective.
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