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!
Paul Douglas is a nationally respected meteorologist with 35 years of television and radio experience. A serial entrepreneur, Douglas is Senior Meteorologist and Founder of Media Logic Group. Douglas and a team of meteorologists, engineers and developers provide weather services for various media at Broadcast Weather, high-tech alerting and briefing services for companies via Alerts Broadcaster and weather data, apps and API’s from Aeris Weather. His speaking engagements take him around the Midwest with a message of continuous experimentation and reinvention, no matter what business you’re in. He is the public face of “SAVE”, Suicide Awareness, Voices of Education, based in Bloomington. Send Paul a question.
If you are heading out to any Aquatennial events during the afternoon/evening Saturday, you might want to pay attention to the weather as severe storms will be possible. Click through for more details. - D.J. Kayser
Thursday was an acquired taste: 95 with a heat index close to 105F across much of the MSP metro area. Today will be nearly as hot, but relief is showing up on the horizon. We may have to dodge a few hail-spitting T-storms Saturday, but by Sunday cooler, less humid air pushes southward out of Canada.
Today will be oppressive, miserable and vaguely awe-inspiring. After shivering half the year it's amazing (at least to me) that it can get this hot in Minnesota....ever. There's a shot at 100-degree air temperatures in the metro area with a dew point of 80F, making it feel like 110 to 115F. This is about as nasty as it gets - dew points drop a notch Friday and by Sunday we'll all be breathing easier...
The next 72 hours will be an acquired taste. At some point you may scratch your head and wonder (out loud) how it can possibly get this hot at our northerly latitude. A wave of incandescent heat arrives today, peaks Thursday, and then recedes over the weekend. Thursday evening heat indices may top 110F, increasing the risk of spontaneous combustion. Be careful out there.
Monday was about as pleasant as it's going to be this week. Humidity levels go up a notch today with highs near 90F, an influx of heat sparking a few T-storms later today into early Wednesday. And then the serious heat arrives with heat indices as high as 105-115 Wednesday into Thursday. Friday should be the last beastly-hot day; a wind shift to the north bringing welcome relief to Minnesota over the weekend.