Cold air in the upper levels of the atmosphere is conducive to the formation of tornadoes — cold air at the surface, not so much. In 2013, cold air has been plentiful in Minnesota. Its prevalence has contributed to reduced numbers of tornadoes during the months which are climatologically most active in the state — May, June and July.
Here in the Twin Cities we average 2.4 inches of snow in the month of April. Much of it melts on contact with the warmer ground, and even if it does accumulate it doesn’t last for long.
Our average high for early April is 51 degrees, and that’s why it has felt so cold the past few days.
This morning we’re hearing that a “shock wave,” created by a meteor, caused damage and injuries in Russia last night. So far a few people have asked me: “uhhhhhhhh… what is a shock wave?” No, seriously, they did ask… and just like that.
With no recorded tornadoes in Minnesota history in the months of December, January and February, according to the Minnesota Climatology Working Group, you might say that Friday (Nov. 30) marks an unofficial end of tornado season in Minnesota.
We finally have some precipitation coming our way, but it will be problematic. I know I have been beating the drum for any kind of precipitation, but we could do without freezing drizzle.
High temperatures punched back above average today and there were reports of 1-3 inches of snow from Ely to Duluth. It will be fairly quiet the next few days with afternoon highs near average (34 degrees).
The Thanksgiving holiday is just a few days away, so will the weather allow you to get outside and throw the football around before gobbling up that turkey or will frigid conditions have you sidelined by the living room fireplace — watching football on the tube?
Many parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin are dealing with drought. We are fine around the Twin Cities, but other counties could use a drink.
This is a question I field quite often at WCCO. It has been hot — the second warmest July on record — and humid this summer.
It has been very pleasant around here lately with temps above average but not stifling hot like last week. Our dew points are much better too, so the air is warm but not humid. That will change.
Monday was the comfortable one with low humidity and temperatures peaking below average in the 70s. Tuesday will be the average one with highs climbing into the low 80s with a southeast wind blowing 10-15 mph.
We are locked in cool, northwest flow. These temps are average for around April 20 — not late-May.
Wednesday was close to average with a high near 70. With the light wind, dry conditions and sunshine, some would say it was close to perfection.
Monday was our first dry day in May. It has rained in the Twin Cities 21 of the past 25 days.