"Earth just had its second-hottest April on record"
"The globe just experienced its second-warmest April since reliable instrument data began in 1880, according to NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency. Why it matters: The unusually warm April follows a top 3 hottest March, and indicates that the Earth is headed for yet another top 3 warmest year on record. This follows recent news that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere edged past 415 parts per million for the first time in human history, likely becoming the highest level on record in at least 3 million years. Human activities, such as burning fossil fuels for energy and chopping down forests, are causing carbon dioxide levels to increase at a quickening pace. Details: According to NASA, April saw a global temperature anomaly of 0.99ºC, or 1.8ºF, above the 20th century average. This was cooler than only April 2016, when a powerful El Niño event in the Pacific Ocean helped add to a natural boost in global temperatures that were already elevated due to human-caused climate change. Right now, a weak El Niño event, featuring unusually warm water in the tropical Pacific Ocean along with an increase in showers and thunderstorm activity near the equator, is helping to add additional heat to the atmosphere. The Arctic, including Greenland and Siberia, was particularly mild during April, and the Greenland melt season got off to an especially early start."
10th Wettest Start at MSP on Record - Through May 18th
Sunday Weather Outlook
"May 13th, 2019 - Spring leaf out is nearly complete across the Continental U.S. and has just arrived in parts of Alaska. In the west, spring leaf out is 1-2 weeks early in parts of California and Nevada, and 2-3 weeks late in much of Oregon and Washington. In the east, spring leaf out is 1-2 weeks early in the upper Southeast, and 1-2 weeks late across the Great Plains, southern Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Spring bloom has arrived on time to 2 weeks early in much of the South, Appalachian Mountains, and mid-Atlantic. Parts of Arizona, California, Nevada, and the Southern Great Plains are 1-2 weeks late. Spring bloom is 9 days late in the Chicago area and 2 days late in Boston."
SUNDAY: Heavy rain, slush north. Winds: N 10-20. Wake-up: 38. High: 44.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Chance of T-showers. Winds: SSW 5. Low: 49.
MONDAY: Another PM wave of T-storms. Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 62 High: 79.
TUESDAY: Some sun. Stay T-shower. Winds: S 7-12. High: 70.
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny and pleasant. Winds: E 5-10. High: 73.
THURSDAY: Early T-storms, then sticky sun. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: 60. High: 80.
FRIDAY: Hazy sun. Isolated T-storms. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 54. High: 81.
SATURDAY: Muggy and warm. Few T-storms. Winds: S 15-25. Wake-up: 62. High: 83.
This Day in Weather History
1975: Strong winds cause over 2 million dollars of damage across Fridley, Mounds View and New Brighton.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 70F (Record: 97F set in 2009)
Average Low: 50F (Record: 33F set in 1951)
Record Rainfall: 2.25" set in 2014
Record Snowfall: 0.2" set in 1971
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Hours of Daylight: ~15 hours & 2 minutes
Daylight GAINED since yesterday: ~ 2 minutes & 22 seconds
Daylight GAINED since winter solstice (December 21st): ~6 hours and 17 minutes
Moon Phase for May 14th at Midnight
1.4 Days After Full "Flower" Moon
What's in the Night Sky?
According to EarthSky.org this is what will be visible in the night sky over the next several nights:
"Looking for the moon on May 19 and 20, 2019? It’s past full and so rises after sunset, about an hour after for May 19, and some two hours after on May 20. It’s a waning gibbous moon and, on these nights, it’s paired with the bright planet Jupiter. You’ll easily see the moon and Jupiter by mid-evening from around the globe (midway between your local sunset and local midnight). The moon and the king planet rank as the second-brightest and fourth-brightest heavenly bodies to light up the sky, respectively, after the sun and planet Venus. That reddish, twinkly star near the moon and Jupiter is Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. Although Antares serves as a prime example of a 1st-magnitude star, it pales next to Jupiter. which outshines Antares by nearly 30 times. By the way, that 3rd-brightest heavenly body – Venus – is nowhere to be found in the evening sky, so there’s no way to mistake Venus for Jupiter – or vice versa. Venus can only be seen in the morning sky, very low in the eastern sky before sunrise from Northern Hemisphere locations, a bit higher as seen from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere."