Wednesday’s Heavy Rain Caused Mudslides
Heavy rain fell south of the Twin Cities metro on Wednesday, which caused this scene near St. Peter along Hwy 169. Some of the reports suggest nearly 3″ to 4″ of rain fell in that area during the day. WOW!
“As oceans rapidly warm because of climate change, an urgent need to improve hurricane forecasts”
“Better hurricane forecasts require near-real-time, deep-ocean monitoring. In the past two hurricane seasons, record-breaking floods have engulfed our coastal zones in the Carolinas and Texas as storms have drawn more water and grown larger from rapidly warming oceans. As the climate system continues to warm, we will need better prediction systems so we can prepare vulnerable coastal areas for bigger, wetter and faster-strengthening hurricanes. Hurricane season is just six weeks away. Recent studies confirm that warming of the world’s oceans is taking place faster than previously estimated — as much as 40 percent faster than the United Nations estimated in 2015. Research confirms that roughly 93 percent of the warming from man-made greenhouse gases is going into the world’s oceans. About two-thirds is absorbed in the ocean’s top 700 meters, noted Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist at Berkeley Earth. This is the layer from which hurricanes draw much of their energy.”
“Lyrid meteor shower: All you need to know”
A few folks have been reporting shooting stars or meteors over the last few nights and that’s because the annual Lyrid Meteor Shower is only a few days away from peaking on Apirl 23rd!!
“The annual Lyrid meteor shower is active each year from about April 16 to 25. In 2019, the peak of this shower – which tends to come in a burst and usually lasts for less than a day – is expected to fall on the morning of April 23, under the light of a bright waning gibbous moon. Should you skip the shower? Well, maybe. But we’re already hearing from skywatchers who don’t plan to skip it, especially after the months-long meteor drought that always comes between early January and the Lyrid shower each year. There are no major meteor shower during those months, as you can see by looking at EarthSky’s meteor shower guide. So, many meteor-watchers are itching to get going, and it’s unlikely moonlight will dampen their enthusiasm. No matter where you are on Earth, the greatest number of meteors tend to fall during the few hours before dawn. Keep reading to find some tips for watching the 2019 Lyrids in moonlight.”
“EarthSky’s 2019 meteor shower guide”
You might be interested to know that there are several metero showers during the year, but there are certainly a few more notible ones like the Perseids in mid August. Take a look at the list of meteor showers that EarthSky has compiled as they have everything you need to know about each one for the rest of 2019!!
Weather Outlook Thursday
High temps on Thursday will still be a bit cool for the mid April. Readings only warming into the 40s and 50s across the state, which will be nearly -5F to -10F below average. The good news is that temps will be quite a bit warmer as we approach the weekend. In fact, temps on Saturday could approach 70F!
Weather Outlook Saturday
Spring fever will be in full swing once again this weekend and especially on Saturday when high temps warm into the 60s and 70s across much of the state! Keep in mind that the average high in the Twin Cities at this time of the year is around 60F, so we’ll be almost +10F above average!
Temperature Outlook Ahead
Here’s the temperature outlook as we head through the end of April and into the first part of May. The good news is that I don’t see any major cool downs as we head through the 2nd half of month and in fact, it appers that we may have a fairly decent string of 60s and perhaps even 70s showing up over the next week and a half!
Weather Outlook Wednesday – Thursday
Here’s the weather outlook for the upcoming Easter weekend, which looks pretty dry across much of the state. This is good news for travelers and Easter egg hunters. Temps will also be quite mild this weekend, especially on Saturday with readings nearly +10F above average!
Here’s the latest snow depth across the region, which really doesn’t show much left after our big snow storm from late last week. There is still 3″ on the ground in Huron, SD, but there’s only a trace of snow on the ground in the Twin Cities metro from the 9.8″ that officially fell at the MSP Airport.
10th Snowiest April on Record at MSP So Far…
Our April 10-12 snow event accumulated 9.8″ of snow at the MSP Airport, which not only made it the 5th largest April snow event on record, but it also pushed us into the 10th snowiest April on record spot! Note that MSP only averages 2.4″ of snow in April, so we are wewll above average!
April 2019 Snowfall So Far…
Thanks to our latest April snow storm, areas of heavy snow fell across the region. Note that some of the heaviest fell across parts of South Dakota, Central MN (including the Twin Cities) and into northern Wisconsin. Quite a few locations have seen double digits tallies, which is well above average!
Here’s a neat map from Journey North, which shows the return our MN State Bird, the Common Loon! Now that lakes are starting to become ice free, the loons are starting to show up! Welcome home friends!! It’ll be fun to see you on lakes and ponds this summer.
“Phenology is the biological nature of events as they relate to climate. Every Tuesday morning, our resident Phenologist John Latimer gathers his phenological data and reports his findings in the weekly Phenology Report. In this week’s report, John compares what he’s seeing this year to past year’s data collection. Among the wildlife activity he’s documented so far this year, John has witnessed buffleheads, hooded mergansers, and flickers.”
“Thunderstorms kicked a wall of pollen into the air. A drone captured these images of the yellow haze.”
“Congratulations! You now own a yellow car! If Mother Nature has been making your life a nose-running misery for the past few weeks, you’re not alone. Forget the amber waves of grain. We’re talking amber waves of pollen. That’s exactly what Jeremy Gilchrist captured Monday on drone footage above Durham, N.C. “I noticed the green haze just after lunch so I decided to put the drone up,” Gilchrist told the Capital Weather Gang. “I also used it to chase the storms when they arrived later.” The images shot shortly after noon, including the one above, look like they were taken through a yellow filter — but they weren’t. Instead, a golden haze has descended on the city. From above, it looks like a yellow smoke from distant fires smoldering at ground level. This pollen cloud is real, and it’s spectacular — unless, of course, you’re someone who likes to breathe.”
Pollen Levels on the Rise!
Ice Out Dates
We’re just beginning ice out season here in MN and according to the MN DNR, there are only a few lakes that are officially ice out across the southern half of the state including a few in the Twin Cities. In fact, Lake Calhoun went out on April 10th, which is only one day later than the average ice out on April 9th. We are still waiting for Lake Minnetonka to be ice free, which typically goes ice free on April 13th.
Average Ice Out Dates
Here’s a look at average ice out dates across Minnesota. Note that most lakes around the metro go out in April, so within the next week or 2, you should see open water. However, folks closer to the international border may not see open water until the end of April or early part of May. Spring is on the way!!
Ice Safey Reminder
“April 15, 2019 - Spring leaf out continues to spread north. In the west, spring leaf out is 1-2 weeks early in parts of California and Nevada, and 2-3 weeks late in much of Oregon and Washington. In the east, spring leaf out is 1-2 weeks early in the upper Southeast, and 1-2 weeks late across the Great Plains, southern Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Spring leaf out is one week late in Chicago, IL and Cleveland, OH. Spring bloom has arrived on time to 2 weeks early in much of the South. Parts of Arizona, California, Nevada, and the Southern Great Plains are 1-2 weeks late. Spring bloom is on time in Washington, D.C., and one week late in the Portland, OR and Seattle, WA areas.”
THURSDAY: Windy with a passing shower. Winds: N 10-15. High: 51.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Isolated showers, then clearing. Winds: N 5-10. Low: 35.
FRIDAY: Sunny and much nicer. Winds: NW 5-10. High: 63.
SATURDAY: Blue sky. Potentially spectacular. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 47. High: 71.
SUNDAY: Mix of clouds & sun. Breezy.Winds: N 10-20. Wake-up: 51. High: 66.
MONDAY: Sunny with less wind. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 45. High: 63.
TUESDAY: Clouds increase, mild breeze. Winds: S 8-13. Wake-up: 47. High:61.
WEDNESDAY: Early shower, then clearing. Winds: S 5-10. Wake-up: 45. High: 65.
This Day in Weather History
2004: A strong cold front whips up winds of up to 55 miles an hour over southern Minnesota. The wind causes black clouds of soil to lift into the air, creating soil erosion and reduced visibility. Some old-timers remarked that it reminded them of the dust storms from the 1930’s Dust Bowl era.
2002: Baseball-sized hail falls in Eagan, creating small craters in the soft ground and broken windows in apartments.
1977: A tornado touches down at the mouth of the Minnesota River.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 59F (Record: 89F set in 1985)
Record Rainfall: 1.04″ set in 2004
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Hours of Daylight: ~13 hours & 38 minutes
Daylight GAINED since yesterday: ~ 2 minutes & 58 seconds
Moon Phase for April 18th at MidnightMoon
“6:12 a.m. CDT - The grass pink or wild ground phlox is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names were the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and — among coastal tribes — the Full Fish Moon, when the shad come upstream to spawn. In 2019, this is also the Paschal Full Moon; the first full moon of the spring season. The first Sunday following the Paschal Moon is Easter Sunday, which indeed will be observed two days after the full moon on Sunday (April 21). This is an unusually late Easter, four days shy of the latest date that Easter can fall.”
What’s in the Night Sky?
According to EarthSky.org this is what will be visible in the night sky over the next several nights:
“On April 19, 2019, the moon turns full in front of the constellation Virgo the Maiden at 11:12 UTC. That is 7:12 a.m. EDT, 6:12 a.m. CDT, etc, and thus tonight’s moon might look more full for you than tomorrow night’s if you live in Earth’s Western Hemisphere. More about that shortly. In the meantime, for all of us around the world, as darkness falls on April 18, you’ll find an almost-full waxing gibbous moon close to Spica, the constellation Virgo’s one and only 1st-magnitude star. Now back to that full moon time. From some places worldwide, the moon turns full before dawn on April 19. If you live in Alaska, the western portions of Canada or the United States, Mexico or Central America, this full moon instant actually happens before (or at) dawn April 19. At North American and U.S. time zones, the moon turns full during the morning hours on April 19, at 8:12 a.m. ADT, 7:12 a.m. EDT, 6:12 a.m. CDT, 5:12 a.m. MDT, 4:12 a.m. PDT, 3:12 a.m. Alaskan Time and 1:12 a.m. Hawaiian Time. By definition, the moon is full at the instant that it’s exactly 180 degrees away from the sun in ecliptic longitude. Or another way of putting it, the sun-moon elongation equals 180 degrees at full moon. Click here to find the sun-moon elongation at this moment, keeping in mind that a positive number refers to a waxing moon and a negative number to a waning moon. Technicalities aside, however, the moon appears full to the eye for a few days. That’s because at the vicinity of full moon, the moon remains more or less opposite the sun for a day or two. From around the world, expect to see a full-looking moon lighting up the nighttime from dusk until dawn tonight (April 18) and tomorrow night (April 19).”
National Weather Outlook
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