The month of March is always a month of change. The atmosphere responds to the increase in sun intensity by not only warming the atmosphere, but whipping up stronger storm systems responsible for heavy snow and severe weather.
Would it surprise you to know that the sun is about as strong now as it was in late September? The sun's most direct rays will cross the Equator this Thursday (Vernal Equinox), meaning it will officially be Spring in the Northern Hemisphere!
We've gained nearly 3 hours of daylight since the shortest days of the year in late December. It sure is nice having that extra hour of daylight when you get home from work or school, but I think I'm still adjusting to the time change. It's never easy losing that hour, especially with kids.
Even though the calendar says Spring, it's interesting to note that March is typically our 3rd snowiest month, averaging a little less than 11" over the past 30 years. So far this March, we've only seen 0.3", so that makes me think we're due for something.
Weather maps look more interesting as we head into early next week. It appears that there is some accumulating snow potential close to home, stay tuned!
THURSDAY: Cloud-cluttered. No tulips yet. Wake-up: 17. High: 38
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We salvaged an OK weekend after all, not as warm as we thought though. I'm still wondering (out loud) if a canopy of thick smoke from western wildfires kept us a few degrees cooler. The combination of heat and humidity will make it feel more like July this week, a streak of days ranging from 85-90F. Relief arrives next weekend; right now Sunday looks like the wetter, more volatile day. By Labor Day it will definitely feel like September.
Yesterday was a murky day, smoke from western wildfires kept our sky dirty - keeping daytime highs a few degrees cooler. A very warm week is shaping up - I hesitate calling it a heat wave, but a few days may approach or even top 90F. Meanwhile Erika is no longer a tropical storm but that doesn't mean the flood risk for Florida has passed. Not yet.
The rains pretty much avoided the metro yesterday; just a trace of rain at MSP International. Today will be sunny and lukewarm; downright hot weather returns next week with a streak of days in the 85-90F range. Meanwhile we're still keeping an eye on "Erika", which promises to deliver a memorable dousing to Florida early next week.
There's something for everyone in today's forecast: a potential hurricane for Florida and the southeastern USA, early September sweat, some rain (today) and a helpful State Fair Bingo guide. That, and cookies. Sweet Martha cookies...still warm and gooey.
Brushfires are still burning out of control in Washington State and much of the Pacific Northwest; smoke from those fires drifted over Minnesota yesterday, taking the edge off our blue sky. Meanwhile we're watching "Erika" in the Caribbean, which could threaten Florida and the coastal southeast USA by early next week. It puts our soggy Friday into perspective. The sun comes out this week with a shot at 90F next week. No, summer isn't nearly done with us just yet...