Several studies have shown that, since the 1950s, the spring season has been starting progressively earlier.
Uhh, really? I think the Midwest may have lost that memo this year.
Meteorological summer (June, July, August) has officially started but the weather lately is still looking and feeling like spring with the frequent rains and temps holding in the 60s.
Early May-like weather with highs in the 60s will continue through the rest of the week. For the upcoming weekend...brace yourself...more rain is on the way. I know, I felt deflated too just typing those words. But, hey, at least we had a few days this week with rideable conditions.
Wednesday: Morning showers, cloudy with afternoon sprinkles. H: 66 Wind: NNE 5-10
Wednesday Night: Cloudy. L: 52 Wind: NNE 2
Thursday: Cloudy, sprinkles. H: 64 L: 51 Wind: NEE 5-10
Friday: Sun! H: 74 L: 56 Wind: CALM
Saturday: Showers & storms increasing through the afternoon. H: 78 L: 62 Wind: S 15-20
Sunday: Morning rain, cloudy and windy afternoon. H: 76 L: 59 Wind: W 15-20
A Game Changing Tornado
Last Friday's massive, destructive and deadly EF5 tornado was a learning lesson for many.
This dramatic footage of the El Reno, Oklahoma tornado by storm chaser, Danial Shaw captured just how beastly this twister was. An unconfirmed report states that the tornado grew from 1 mile wide to 2.6 miles wide in just 30 seconds! The El Reno tornado goes down in history as being the widest tornado in history!...beating out the F-4 Wilber-Hallam, Nebraska, tornado May 22, 2004 that was the previous record holder for the widest tornado on record at 2.5 miles wide.
A whole slew of storm chasers were on this tornado. Some for the thrill of chasing, some for the best video for the big cash payout from the tv networks and some simply for scientific research. The video above shows the location of storm chasers (blue dots) as the tornado (white dot) moved along I-40 west of Oklahoma City.
Instrument data collecting via storm chasing has proved beneficial in understanding the inner workings of severe thunderstorms. Other advancements in technology such as the Doppler on Wheels and Phased Array Radar (above) can collect vast amounts of storm data in an extremely short amount of time. For example, the Phased Array Radar can scan the sky in 1 minute and can target specific storms instead of being steered mechanically like normal radar.
Storm chasing has gained a lot more interest in the recent years. Those within the weather community have long said that the increased volume of storm chasers on the roads is a recipe for disaster. That recipe was concocted last Friday. A dangerous series of events happened during the tornado outbreak that have led many to question the safety of storm chasing and dissemination of storm information to the general public.
Cycling and Tornado Safety
Imagine you're on your bike, out in the middle of nowhere and the tornado sirens start going off. What do you do?
Minneapolis/St. Paul is now in the peak of the severe weather season. The primary season runs from April 15 to September 17 with June 10 being the day with the highest average daily severe weather occurrence. Best to plan ahead and know what to do and where to go before severe weather strikes.
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