More Rain On The Way To Begin The Week

Forecast loop: 7 PM Sunday to 7 PM Monday.

I think I'm going to put my copy of "Rainy Days and Mondays" on repeat... Widespread rain is expected to end the weekend and begin the new work week across the region thanks to a stalled out frontal system across the area and an area of low pressure sliding from southern Nebraska Sunday night to northern Michigan by Tuesday. The thunder threat would be greatest Sunday night, with more showery activity expected Monday.

At least a half an inch to an inch of rain will be possible across a wide area of central and southern Minnesota, with the potential of up to 2" in some areas. Some of the heaviest rain in the Twin Cities is expected to fall on Monday with at least a half to three-quarters of an inch of rain possible. This rain could help extend river flooding across the region.


Warmest Day Of 2019 So Far Saturday

Saturday marked the warmest day so far this year in the Twin Cities, as the high climbed to 78F - the first time we've hit that mark since October 3rd (when the high hit 79F). Areas like Alexandria and Marshall out in western Minnesota made it into the 80s during the afternoon hours. Pierre, SD, hit 90F for the first time this year - ten days later than average. Meanwhile, highs remained in the 50s up in International Falls and Grand Marais.

Here's a list of the warmest highs at Minnesota airport Saturday. Both Appleton and Madison made it to 84F, with 83F achieved in Granite Falls and Alexandria.


April Rainfall (Through Saturday)

Through Saturday (so not including any of the rain that fell Sunday) the Twin Cities is up to 3.32" of precipitation so far this month, over an inch and a half above average. If you're searching for anywhere across the state with below average precipitation, that would be up in Baudette where only 0.44" of rain has fallen - 0.35" below average.


Lake Minnetonka Is Ice Free As Of Saturday Afternoon

Yes, Lake Minnetonka is finally ice free as of Saturday afternoon thanks to the warm and breezy conditions. On average, the ice out date for Minnetonka is April 13, so this was about a week behind normal. Ice was declared "in" on November 28th.


Much To Give Thanks For on Earth Day 2019
By Paul Douglas

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" spoke Dr. Martin Luther King. Since the first Earth Day in 1970 America's air is cleaner. That didn't happen by accident. Americans demanded cleaner land, air and water. But worldwide an estimated 8 million people die prematurely every year from ailments linked to air pollution.

Concern about rapid climate change is building; a new generation of young voters demanding similar action. Prices for renewable energy are in free fall and most days I'm optimistic for the future. But what worked in the 1950s won't work in the 2030s.

After a memorable weekend (feeling feverish?) your lawn gets a free dousing today; .50 to 1 inch of rain falls before the sun comes out again on Tuesday.

A lukewarm weekend was just what the weather doctor ordered, but let's not get too carried away. 60s for highs much of this week give way to 40s and 50s early next week. Don't pack away the heavy jackets yet. Remember, July is the only month it hasn't snowed at a Minnesota weather station.


Extended Twin Cities Forecast

MONDAY: Gusty & raw with rain. High 49. Low 38. Chance of precipitation 100%. Wind NE 15-30 mph.

TUESDAY: Sunny and pleasant. High 63. Low 49. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NW 7-12 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny and milder. High 72. Low 50. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind SW 10-15 mph.

THURSDAY: Morning shower, then PM clearing. High 66. Low 46. Chance of precipitation 40%. Wind NW 10-15 mph.

FRIDAY: Intervals of sun, cooler breeze. High 61. Low 48. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind NW 7-12 mph.

SATURDAY: Periods of rain expected. High 56. Low 39. Chance of precipitation 80%. Wind NW 10-20 mph.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy, few showers. High 47. Low 37. Chance of precipitation 60%. Wind NE 8-13 mph.


This Day in Weather History
April 22nd

1874: Unseasonably cold air moves into Minnesota. The low is 23 degrees at the Twin Cities.


Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
April 22nd

Average High: 61F (Record: 90F set in 1980)
Average Low: 40F (Record: 23F set in 1874)
Average Precipitation: 0.09" (Record: 2.21" set in 2001)
Average Snow: 0.0" (Record: 5.4" in 1963)


Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
April 22nd

Sunrise: 6:16 AM
Sunset: 8:07 PM

*Length Of Day: 13 hours, 50 minutes and 14 seconds
*Daylight Gained Since Yesterday: ~2 minutes and 54 seconds
*When Will We See 14 Hours Of Daylight? April 26th (14 hours, 1 minute, and 43 seconds)
*Next Sunrise At/Before 6 AM: May 3rd (5:59 AM)
*Next Sunset At/After 8:30 PM: May 11th (8:30 PM)


Minnesota Weather Outlook

As mentioned above, showers are expected across a good portion of central and southern Minnesota up toward Duluth on Monday. Where clouds and rain are expected along the frontal boundary, highs will only be in the 40s and 50s. Out ahead of the front for areas like Rochester, highs will still climb into the 60s even with the rain. As you head into northwestern Minnesota, sunnier skies are expected with highs in the 60s.

Where the rain and clouds are (expected across southeastern Minnesota) highs will be up to 15F below average. Highs in northwestern and southeastern Minnesota will be above average by a few degrees.

Up to 30 mph wind gusts are also expected Monday across central and southern Minnesota.

Monday will be the coolest day this week here in the Twin Cities, but temperatures will return to at least the 60s Tuesday through the end of the work week.

After the rain to begin the week, we'll see a drier period for the rest of the work week with our next rain chance not arriving until next weekend. Right now one wave of rain looks to arrive Friday night into Saturday, with a second wave possible for the second half of the weekend.


National Weather Forecast

A system moving through the central of the nation Monday will bring showers and storms from the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes (throughout the day) to the Texas Panhandle (by the evening hours). Snow will be likely back into parts of the Rockies. A front extending from that system, as well as an area of low pressure moving up the East Coast, will help bring areas of the Northeast some rain. A system approaching the Pacific Northwest will increase rain chances for areas like Seattle throughout the day.

The heaviest areas of rain through Tuesday evening will be across parts of the western Great Lakes and in Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. In these areas rainfall totals of 1-2" are possible.


Plastic hitches a ride on rain, snow, and wind to pollute the whole planet

More from Popular Science: "Researchers from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland and EcoLab in France spent five months collecting plastic fibers in some of the highest reaches of the Pyranese mountain range, a string of peaks that separate France and Spain. The team found that rain, snow, and wind carried microplastics at least 60 miles to this remote ecosystem previously thought to be free of garbage. This is just the beginning’ hitchhiking particles like these could potentially travel thousands of miles. The threat they pose is two-fold."

Earth Day 2019: High temperatures, rising waters, wild weather — who is to blame? We are.

More from the USA Today: "Climate change is real and increasingly a part of our daily lives. New research and studies out in just the past six months highlight the latest facts about the human-caused shift to our global weather systems and its effects on our planet.   First among them, there's no longer any question that rising temperatures and increasingly chaotic weather are the work of humanity. There's a 99.9999% chance that humans are the cause of global warming, a February study reported. That means we've reached the "gold standard" for certainty, a statistical measure typically used in particle physics."

Extreme heat is growing threat to harvests

More from Climate News Network: "In 2018, people died of heatstroke, roads and even rails started to melt, forests went up in flames, and power generation systems sometimes failed, not just in one region but in a number in the temperate zones and the Arctic at the same time.  Between May and July, 22% of agricultural land and crowded cities of the northern half of the globe were hit simultaneously by extended periods of extreme heat. In all, 17 countries were affected, from Canada and the US across the Atlantic and Pacific to Russia, Japan and South Korea. In Europe, temperatures in the rivers Rhine and Elbe reached such heights that fish suffocated; there were wildfires in Sweden, Latvia and Greece and record temperatures in Germany."


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 - D.J. Kayser

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