Here's the visible satellite from Monday, which shows a fairly stubborn batch of clouds that floated across the state through the day. This was in association with a cold front that will be responsible for cooler temperatures through midweek.
According to NOAA's SPC, there is a risk for severe weather across the southern part of the country on Friday and Saturday. Stay tuned for more updates.
Stormy Friday in the Southern Plains
The extended forecast suggests a fairly stormy Friday and Saturday across the Southern Plains. Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible along with locally heavy rain.
Southern Rainfall Potential
As our next storm system blows through the Southern US with strong to severe thunderstorms Friday & Saturday, heavy rainfall will also be possible. The extended forecast suggests 1" to nearly 3" of rain across parts of the region.
2017 PRELIMINARY Tornado Count
According to NOAA's SPC, the PRELIMINARY tornado count for 2017 is at 369 (thru March 19). Note that this is the most (thru March 19th) since 2008 when nearly 500 tornadoes reported through that time frame. The 2005-2015 average through that time period is 175.
High Temperatures From Average Tuesday
Here's a look at high temperatures from average on Tuesday. Note that while temperatures across the Midwest and High Plains look to chill to below average levels, temperatures across the southern US look to be as much as 15F to 20F+ above average! With that said, more record highs will be possible again Tuesday!
Record Warmth Continues...
With temperatures running nearly 20F+ above average across the Southern Plains, record high temperatures may be possible there. Take a look at the image below, which show the potential record highs (circled numbers) that could be set on Tuesday.
By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas.
I've always been a fan of March weather. Growing up in Minnesota, high school tournament time always meant there was going to be a big wet sloppy snow storm. Note that a fairly large snow event unfolded across the southern part of the state a little more than a week ago, but the Twin Cities got missed by the heaviest once again. Seems par for the course as we are nearly 18 inches below normal snowfall for the season! A persistent storm track to our south has allowed Rochester to pick up almost 53 inches of snow this season, which is nearly 20 inches more than what the Twin Cities has seen. Unreal.
The extended forecast looks active, but the late week storm system will be more of a rain maker with some spots in southern MN seeing up to 1 inch of rain by Friday night. The last week of March may feature yet another storm system, but temperatures look mild enough for rain once again.
I officially put away the snow blower last weekend, so it's inevitable that we'll get dumped on in April, right? I think my NCAA bracket has better odds.
TUESDAY: Cooler breeze. More PM sun. Winds: N 5-10. High: 39.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and chilly. Winds: N 5-10. Low: 18.
WEDNESDAY: Dry. Near average temperatures. Winds: SE 10-15. High: 44.
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy. Rain showers late. Winds: SSE 10-20. Wake-up: 28. High: 48.
FRIDAY: Windy. Steady rain in southern Minnesota. Winds: N 15-25. Wake-up: 37. High: 50.
SATURDAY: Drier. Lingering clouds. Winds: ENE 10-15. Wake-up: 32. High: 47.
SUNDAY: Partly sunny. Nothing rough. Winds: SE 5-15. Wake-up: 29. High: 48.
MONDAY: Mostly cloudy. A few spotty showers. Winds: SE 5-15. Wake-up: 35. High: 50
This Day in Weather History
1953: A tornado hits the northern St. Cloud area. High winds from thunderstorms are experienced from Martin to Stearns County.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 44F (Record: 76F set in 1938)
Average: Low: 26F (Record: -8F set in 1965)
*Record Snowfall: 3.9" set in 2008
Sunrise Sunset Times For Minneapolis
*Daylight Gained Since Yesterday: ~3 minutes & 9 seconds
*Daylight Gained Since Winter Solstice (December 21st): ~3 hours & 27 minutes
Moon Phase for March 21st at Midnight
1.6 Days After Last Quarter
Weather Outlook For Tuesday
High temperatures on Tuesday will be quite a bit cooler than they were over the past few days. Note that readings will be in the 20s and 30s across the state, which will be nearly 5F to 10F+ below average. With a wind out of the north, temperatures across the northern part of teh state could feel more like the 10s around midday.
Weather Outlook For Tuesday
Winds won't be too terribly strong on Tuesday, but sustained winds of 10-15mph with gusts nearing 20mph will certainly make it feel a little chilly.
Weather conditions look pretty quiet around the state on Tuesday in the wake of a cold front that will keep much of the precipitation south of us through midweek. Note that much of the state will see some sunshine on Tuesday!
Here's the temperature outlook through April 5th, which shows temperatures leveling off a bit through the end of the week with temperatures in the low to mid 40s. However, note that the extended forecast through the end of the month suggests temperatures warming to near 60F once again!
8 to 14 Day Temperature Outlook
According to NOAA's CPC, the 8 to 14 day temperature outlook suggests equal chances of above and below normal temperatures from March 30th - April 3rd with warmer than average temperatures settling in across Midwest once again.
Here's the 8 to 14 day temperature outlook, which takes us through early April. Note that warmer than average temperatures look to settle in from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast States. Lingering cooler than avg. temps hang on across the Northern New England States and in California.
Here's the national weather outlook through the middle part of the week and note how much more active things look to be getting across the Western half of the country. This next bigger surge of Pacific moisture will not only bring copious amounts of liquid to the Western US, but it will also bring thunderstorms and heavier rain chances to the Central US on Friday and Saturday.
According to NOAA's WPC, the 5 day precipitation forecast suggests widespread 3" to 6"+ precipitation amounts across parts of the Western US with some of the heaviest tallies in the higher elevations. Later this week, a storm system will move into the Central US with some 1" to 2"+ rainfall tallies.
Here's the snowfall potential over the next several days, which shows some accumulations across parts of the Northeast and in the Western mountains, but there doesn't appear to be any major snow event unfolding across the Lower 48. The heaviest appears to be farther north in Canada.
"Half of U.S. doctors alarmed about health effects of climate change"
About half the nation’s physicians — more than 400,000 doctors — officially sounded the medical alarm on climate change Wednesday and the effect it’s having on their patients. Among the health care providers present for the launch of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health in Washington, D.C., were Hardin physicians Lori and Rob Byron. Rob Byron, an internist retired from the Indian Health Service who nowadays divides his time between St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings and Bighorn Valley Health Center in Hardin, spoke during the event as part of a six-member panel announcing the new movement. During his brief remarks, Byron — filling in for another presenter whose flight was cancelled by a snowstorm — said a “marked increase” in Montana wildfires has led him to urge his patients suffering such diseases as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to spend more time indoors during summer and early fall months.
"Doctors Warn Climate Change Threatens Public Health"
(The snow-covered summit of Mount Illimani is seen from La Paz Golf Club in the Bolivian capital, with indigenous Aymara women in the foreground, in November 2008. | AFP-JIJI)
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