Muddlilng Through March
By Todd Nelson
YAWN... I, like many I'm sure, are still trying to recover from the weekend time warp. The cloudy, gloomy weather isn't helping either. Don't be ashamed if you hit the snooze button a few extra times this morning, most of us did!
As we muddle through this gray March weather, one thing to keep in mind is that we are making strides towards warmer weather. The atmospheric response is generally that of cloudier weather. Daytime highs above the freezing mark help to melt that winter snowpack, which adds moisture to the lower part of the atmosphere. That moisture tends to linger near the surface in the form of fog and low clouds, a pattern that can perpetuate for days.
The same storm that brought us Saturday rain will wrap up over central and northern Wisconsin today with shovelable snow. Tuesday brings another another clipper storm that will sail through relatively quiet. A few light snow showers may help to bring your desire to root around in the garden a few notches higher.
Can you believe that at this time last year, we would have had our 3rd 60 degree day in March? On March 17th we hauled in an astonishing 80 degree day! I don't see that happening in 2013. -Todd Nelson
Todd's Star Tribune Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
MONDAY: Light AM snow east? Peeks of PM Sun. High: 32
MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Low: 20.
TUESDAY: Clipper moves in. Light snow showers possible. High: 34
WEDNESDAY: Clouds fade. Sunnier day of the week. Wake-up: 16. High: 31
THURSDAY: Clouds thicken through the afternoon. Wake-up: 18. High: near 37.
FRIDAY: Warmer. A few sprinkles possible. Wake-up: 27. High: 40.
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy, light rain/snow mix possible. Low: 25. High: 39
SUNDAY: Storm developing, warm enough for rain? Low: 29. High : 41
Looks A Little Snarly
Here was the webcam from earlier Sunday in Lincoln, Nebraska at 27th and Superior. It appears that the weekend snow storm caused a few traffic problems around town.
Classic Spring Storm
Here was a look at the storm on Sunday afternoon as it was winding up over the central part of the country. Note the 'comma' shape to the storm, denoting a mature state. Pretty classic in spring of fall to see heavy snow on the northwest flank and strong to severe storms on it's southern flank.
Baseball Size Hail in Texas
Thanks to @TXStormChasers for this picture north of Decatur, TX. Could you imagine a near baseball size hailstone flying at you? YIKES!
Saturday Storm Reports
Tulips Popping In Superior, Wisconsin?
Thanks to my good friend, Jon Ellis, from Superior, Wisconsin for the picuture below. Even with a decent amount of snow of the ground, the intensity of the sun is helping to awake any ready tulip bulbs that don't have snow cover over them. It's another testiment to how strong the sun is getting at this time of the year!