Obviously the weather sensor out in Worcester, MA wasn’t working quite properly Friday morning, as it showed temperatures in the 100s. Was it just the sensor playing an April Fools joke on us?
Windy Friday Across The State
It was a blustery day across the state on Friday, with wind gusts (through 4 PM) topping 40 mph in some spots, including:
Rochester – 44 mph
Park Rapids – 43 mph
Flag Island – 41 mph
Olivia – 40 mph
Another blustery day is expected Saturday across the region – more on how high winds could go in a moment.
March Was Wet and Warm Across Much Of Minnesota
This March will go down in the record books as a warm and wet one across the state of Minnesota, with numerous NWS climate site locations in the top ten of at least one of the lists.
Average Temperature Ranking for the month of March. Graphic: Southeastern Regional Climate CenterStarting off with looking at average temperature rankings across the state, esentially every climate location (except Duluth) saw a top ten warmest March on record. Breaking down the numbers:
Twin Cities: 41.3°
St. Cloud: 38.3°
International Falls: 29.2°
Average Temperature Departure From Average for the month of March. Graphic: Midwestern Regional Climate.The entire state of Minnesota saw above average temperatures during the month of March. The warmest areas were in west-central and northwest Minnesota, which saw average temperatures 9 to 11 degrees above average. According to climatologist Mark Seeley in his weekly WeatherTalk blog, “March of 2016 will rank 4th warmest in Minnesota history back to 1895. Further four of the top five warmest months of March in Minnesota have occurred since 2000.“
Precipitation Ranking for the month of March. Graphic: Southeastern Regional Climate Center
Twin Cities: 2.26″
St. Cloud: 1.50″
International Falls: 2.71″
Statewide precipitation for the month of March. Graphic: Midwestern Regional Climate.The heaviest precipitation across the state was in eastern portions, with values decreasing as you headed west. According to Mark Seeley, this March will rank as the 11th wettest on record.
Image via screenshot of Minnesota State Parks and Trails video on Facebook
High Falls At Grand Portage State Park Nears Ice Out
Minnesota State Parks and Trails posted a video on Facebook from Thursday showing ice still on High Falls within Grand Portage State Park, but with a bit of flowing water as well. They are uncertain when they will completely ice out, so stay tuned!
By Paul Douglas
“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today” wrote Robert McAfee Brown. I’m at the 20th Annual Severe Storms & Doppler Radar Conference in Des Moines, where as much time is being spent on storytelling and communication as the science. A perfect forecast is irrelevant if people don’t take appropriate action when skies turn violent. With social media there’s a lot of noise out there – how do “trusted sources” convince people to get up off the couch and head to the basement? A work in progress.
According to Mark Seeley Minnesota experienced the 4th warmest March since 1895. He writes “four of the top five warmest months of March in Minnesota have occurred since 2000.” Ice is coming off area lakes 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule.
No big, beefy storms are brewing, but conditions may be ripe for 70s & severe storms in 2 weeks. After enjoying 40 mph winds and wind chills in the teens this morning (hello February!) temperatures mellow into the 50s Sunday. “Average” temperatures return next week; 40s & 50s likely. Occasional showers, but no weather drama.
SUNDAY: Some sun, milder breeze. High: 57. Low: 33. Chance of Precipitation: 20%. Wind: S 10-15 mph.
MONDAY: Patchy blue sky, turning cooler. High: 44. Low: 37. Chance of Precipitation: 0%. Wind: N 7-12 mph.
TUESDAY: More clouds, few showers likely. High: 47. Low: 35. Chance of Precipitation: 60%. Wind: S 10-20 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Breezy and gray, few sprinkles. High: 45. Low: 33. Chance of Precipitation: 40%. Wind: NW 10-20 mph.
THURSDAY: More clouds than sun, cool. High: 44. Low: 36. Chance of Precipitation: 10%. Wind: NW 10-15 mph.
FRIDAY: Warm front sparks a few showers. High: 53. Low: 41. Chance of Precipitation: 60%. Wind: SE 10-15 mph.
2001: Jumbo-sized snowflakes fall in east central Minnesota and west central Wisconsin. 2.5 to 2.75 inch flakes measured in Maplewood.
1920: The temperature falls to 8 degrees in Pipestone. The high the day before was 74.
Average Low: 31F (Record: 9F set in 1877)
Average Precipitation: 0.07″ (Record: 1.06″ set in 2006)
Average Snowfall: 0.2″ (Record: 3.4″ in 1920)
Sunrise: 6:51 AM
Sunset: 7:43 PM
*Length Of Day: 12 hours, 51 minutes and 53 seconds
*Daylight Gained Since Yesterday: ~3mins & 7secs
*Next Sunrise That Is Before 6:30 AM: April 14th (6:29 am)
*Next Sunset That Is After 8 PM: April 16th (8:01 pm)
Saturday Minnesota Weather Outlook
Forecast radar and satellite every three hours between 7 AM Saturday and 7 AM Sunday.
Snow Forecast through Sunday morning.
Severe Threat Saturday.