Record Cold Start To Thursday In Some Spots

Brr. It was quite a chilly start to Thursday morning across the region. While the Twin Cities missed tying their record by a single degree, St. Cloud broke their record low by dropping all the way to 0.
Here was a look at some stats for climate sites covered by NWS Twin Cities. The low of zero was the second coldest April temperature on record for St. Cloud, and the latest into the spring that they have dropped that low.

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Cold Weather Continues

Yes, if you haven't noticed recently it's been cold across the region. Thursday marked the eighth day in a row with a below average high in the Twin Cities. Note the map above only shows values through Wednesday. Since March 1st we have seen 23 out of 36 total days with a below average high (about 64% percent of the time). It could be worse - some parts of Iowa have seen below average highs for more than two weeks straight.

Unfortunately for us, odds continue to favor cooler than average temperatures next Tuesday through Saturday. Even though temperatures will be warming up - we're expecting 40s and maybe 50s by the end of next week - that is still below average for this time of year (which is 55° on Tuesday and 57° next Saturday).

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Snow Depth Near Records Across Southern Minnesota

That's right - after not having a lot of snow on the ground through the first part of winter, the snow we have on the ground now is approaching the highest on record for this time of year. The Twin Cities had 6" of snow on the ground Wednesday morning at the airport. That ranks as the third highest for the date, tied with 2014 and 1965. Only 1974 (7") and 1975 (9") had more snow on the ground on April 4th.

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Winter Won’t Let Go - More Snow And Cold
By D.J. Kayser, filling in for Paul Douglas

As I look out at the white April landscape, shivering as I go out to start the car, I’m reminded of a song from a 90s PBS show: “This is the winter that doesn’t end...”. That’s how that song went, correct?

There were some frozen baseballs at the ballpark yesterday for the Twins home opener as temperatures were in the upper 30s around first pitch. In fact, we have now seen below average highs for the past eight days.

Winter just won’t give up, as our stretch of cold weather continues into early next week with highs far below average (which is 53F). Highs in the mid 20s today will feel like the single digits and teens with gusty northwest winds. Another cold start is expected Saturday morning with lows approaching records across parts of the state. And for you late-season snow lovers, odds are increasing for more accumulating snow Sunday into Monday, especially west of the Cities.

The bright spot in the forecast? Warmer weather returns late next week. Maybe spring is finally right around the corner.

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Extended Twin Cities Forecast

FRIDAY: Windy with cold sunshine. High 24. Low 11. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind NW 10-20 mph.
SATURDAY: Mainly sunny. Still cold. High 30. Low 16. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind NW 5-10 mph.
SUNDAY: Another round of accumulating snow. High 30. Low 25. Chance of precipitation 70%. Wind NW 5-10 mph.
MONDAY: Cloudy. Slight rain/snow chance. High 36. Low 22. Chance of precipitation 20%. Wind NE 5-10 mph.
TUESDAY: Sun returns. Highs 15F below average. High 39. Low 27. Chance of precipitation 0%. Wind NW 5-10 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Finally warming into the 40s! Rain/snow chance. High 45. Low 37. Chance of precipitation 50%. Wind SE 5-15 mph.
THURSDAY: Decreasing clouds. High 48. Low 36. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind SE 5-15 mph.

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This Day in Weather History
April 6th

1991: The second of three consecutive record highs, all above 80 degrees, is set at MSP airport (86 on 4/6/1991).

1964: A snowstorm hits Minnesota with 9 inches at Fosston and 8.7 at Park Rapids.

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Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
April 6th

Average High: 53F (Record: 86F set in 1991)
Average Low: 33F (Record: 10F set in 1979)
Average Precipitation: 0.08" (Record: 2.58" set in 2006)
Average Snow: 0.1" (Record: 6.0" set in 1928)

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Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
April 6th

Sunrise: 6:44 AM
Sunset: 7:47 PM

*Length Of Day: 13 hours, 2 minutes and 46 seconds
*Daylight Gained Since Yesterday: ~3 minutes and 5 seconds

*Next Sunrise Before 6:30 AM: April 14th (6:30 AM)
*Next Sunset Of 8 PM Or Later: April 17th (8:01 PM)
*When Do We Hit 13 Hours Of Daylight? April 26th (Daylight Length: 14:02:23)

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Minnesota Weather Outlook

Remind me what month we are in again - is this April, or the middle of winter? Highs will be in the 20s across the state Friday, and we even have the potential to break record cold highs for areas like Brainerd, St. Cloud, the Twin Cities, Fargo and Rochester. It'll be sunny, but I don't think that is a consolation prize, especially after what you'll see in a moment. 

As you could expect, highs on Friday will be a good 20-30 degrees below average across the state.

Here's why that sun won't be a consolation prize - winds will gust in the 20 to 30 mph range across the state Friday, making the 20s feel even colder. In fact, it'll feel like the teens during the afternoon hours in the Twin Cities. Good thing there isn't a Twins game Friday afternoon!

As lows dip into the single digits and teens Satuday morning, record lows will be possible at some NWS climate locations across the state. At this moment, the best chance of seeing a record low would be in St. Cloud and Rochester.

While we will stay below average into next week, we do see warming temperatures. Highs will reach the 40s Wednesday, and may even have the chance to break 50 by the end of the week.

Before we reach the warmth, though, we have another potential snow storm to get through Sunday afternoon into early Monday. We could see heavily falling snow at times, with a plowable snow possible. Right now the heaviest snow looks to fall west of the Twin Cities, but that could change as we get closer. I do know one thing: if you have tickets for the Twins game Sunday, you will want to watch the forecast closely the next few days.

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National Weather Forecast

Cold air will be diving south and east throughout the day with a cold front, helping to spread rain and snow from the Rockies through parts of the central and eastern United States. A stream of moisture into the west coast will bring rain - heavy at times - to parts of Oregon and northern/central California.

Heavy rain will be possible across parts of the Deep South into the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Friday into the weekend and early next week, with the potential of 2-4"+. An atmospheric river will produce heavy rainfall totals from the Pacific Northwest into the Central West Coast Friday into Saturday.

We’re mainly looking at a couple stripes of snow across the United States heading into the weekend. The first will occur through Friday from the Great Lakes into New England. A second is with a low pressure center pushing out of the Rockies, bringing snow Friday and Friday night to the central Plains and Ohio Valley, and then to parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Saturday. Several inches of snow are expected with both swaths.

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Another Busy Atlantic Hurricane Season Possible

Colorado State University released their first prediction for the upcoming 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and it looks like it could be another busy one. More from the Capital Weather Gang: "As it has done every year since 1984, Colorado State University has released its initial predictions for the upcoming season. Its forecast is for a total of 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes, which is slightly above the long-term average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. Last year, we saw 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and six major hurricanes. These 2018 predictions will be updated on May 31, July 2 and Aug. 2."

"Low water kills Oregon Lahontan cutthroat fishery"

Fish that had been introduced into Mann Lake in Oregon have now died off. Why? More from the Klamath Falls Herald and News: "Without enough water in the lake, there is not enough total dissolved oxygen for the fish to survive, said Dave Banks, district fish biologist for ODFW. “We’re just dependent on Mother Nature. We need water and snow to put into the lake,” Banks said. “Until that happens, there’s not a lot we can do.” There has been no considerable precipitation to fill the desert lake in the last five to eight years, said Banks, who is based out of Hines. Mann Lake was about 6-7 feet deep in 2015, but now is just 3-4 feet deep."

Shell Knew The Dangers Of Fossil Fuels In The 1980s

The Dutch newspaper De Correspondent published an article Thursday detailing documents from Shell that showed they knew about the climate change dangers from fossil fuels as far back as the 80s. More from InsideClimateNews: "Internal company documents uncovered by a Dutch news organization show that the oil giant Shell had a deep understanding, dating at least to the 1980s, of the science and risks of global warming caused by fossil fuel emissions. They show that as the company pondered its responsibility to act, Shell's scientists urged it to heed the early warnings, even if, as they said, it might take until the 2000s for the mounting evidence to prove greenhouse gases in the atmosphere were causing unnatural climate change."

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 - D.J. Kayser

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