Todd's StarTribune Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
FRIDAY: Wet start, slow PM clearing - brightening up and drying out as the day goes on. High: 59
FRIDAY NIGHT: A little more clearing. Low: 45
SATURDAY: Warm sun. Wow! Winds: S 10-20. High: 75
SUNDAY: Sunny, breezy, almost hot. No April Fool's joke. Winds: S 15. High: 80 (!) Low: 56
MONDAY: Showery rains, turning colder. Winds gust to 30 mph. High: 60. Low: 43
TUESDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, still windy. High: 55. Low: 37 (overnight frost possible)
Possible frosty start. More sun, not as chilly with less wind. High:
58. Low: 42
THURSDAY: More sun and warmer. High: 60. Low: 42
How about this time lapse from Alaska of some of the recent aurora.
Roll-Lenticular From the Swiss Alps
I love social networking sites. I made a new friend on Thursday who snapped this amazing shot from Sion Valais Switzerland. Thanks Olivier!! You can see Olivier Staiger's video HERE:
Closer to Home
Thanks to a good friend of mine, Thomas Major, for this picture in Delano along the Crow River. I'll be attempting to float down the Crow for a 23 mile canoe ride on Sunday... hoping for the best!
News Team Assemble!
Ron Burgundy (Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy) announced on Conan that after 8 long years, there will be an Anchorman sequel!
Thanks to my wife, Sheena Nelson, for this picture of a Thursday Sunrise.
Real Time Wind
I was literally BLOWN away by this graphic from: http://hint.fm/wind/index.html
It shows real time winds across the nation and shows some neat weather features!
Showers and thunderstorms will be ongoing through the middle part of the country, some could be strong to severe across the Ohio River Valley and heavy rain and snow continues in the Pacific Northwest.
Severe Weather Threat Friday
This is the severe weather outlook for Friday, which shows the best potential of strong to severe storms across parts of the Ohio River Valley. Hail, high winds and isolated tornadoes are all possible late Friday.
5 Day Precipitation Forecast
Crazy precipitation amounts continue to show up out west. Flood watches and warnings have been issued for spots that could see up to 12" of liquid through the upcoming weekend.
Pacific Northwest Watches & Warnings
Heavy rain up to 12" possible and several feet of mountain snow will be possible through the weekend.
Wet West Coast
Here are some of the latest rainfall numbers from around the region thanks to the
Warm Weekend Forecast
It'll be another very mild weekend with temperatures well above average... no April fool's joke!
Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check me out on Twitter @TNelsonWNTV
-Meteorologist Todd Nelson-
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A faint puff of Canadian air drops temperatures and humidity levels Sunday and Monday. Better sleeping weather. We warm up later in the week but dangerous heat, extended days or weeks above 90 or 100F, stays south of Minnesota into early August. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Friday was volatile, waking up to heavy showers and T-storms passing just south of the MSP metro. After a few hours of warm sunshine another band of severe storms mushroomed up north. The pattern is still ripe for a few more T-storms today, but Sunday should be drier with more clouds than sun and temperatures holding in the 70s across much of the state. We warm up a little next week, but the worst of the blast-furnace heat stays south of Minnesota.
Yes, today is going to be pockmarked with puddles, a few storms may turn severe and flash flooding can't be ruled out. I'll still take that over days or weeks in a row with a heat index above 100F. Dangerous heat will spread from the central USA to the east coast by the weekend; it may feel like 110F in Washington D.C. No wonder politicians want to get out of town...
Yesterday seemed to confirm my theory that most of Minnesota probably won't have to worry about drought this summer (in stark contrast to severe drought gripping much of the Dakotas). We've seen our fair share of hot days, but our heat spikes pale in comparison to what is on tap from the Midwest to the Mid Atlantic, where the heat index may exceed 110F this weekend. It's muggy out there, but at least we see a few dribbles of Canadian air in the coming days...
Low 80s felt pretty good yesterday, about 10F cooler than Monday as a weak frontal boundary pushed just south of Minnesota, allowing slightly cooler, drier air to dribble south. Much of today looks dry, but watch for a squall line of strong to severe T-storms reaching the metro by the dinner hour. A few more waves of storms push across Minnesota into Saturday, when a cooler front of Canadian ancestry rides to the rescue. The rest of the USA should be so lucky...