A few showers or thunderstorms possible Monday
As we watch the system that brought parts of the state rain and snow Sunday starting Sunday evening (but will still bring early morning snow Monday into the arrowhead), we will see showers Monday afternoon (maybe a rumble of thunder?) cross across the state.
So we’ll be watching for the chance of a few scattered showers with an isolated thunderclap as we head into the Twin Cities Monday afternoon. Otherwise, the sky will be partly to mostly sunny due to a few cloudy periods. Morning temperatures will start in the upper 30s before climbing into the mid 50s.
So while we watch the chance of snow ending in the morning in the Arrowhead, we’ll be watching for that chance of isolated showers (and thunder) in parts of the state on Monday, possibly mixing in snow in the far northern regions. Highs will be in the 40s in the north and the 50s in central and southern Minnesota.
Another big mid-week system with a plethora of weather issues – rain, snow, high, high winds!
Forecast loop from Tuesday 7:00 a.m. to Friday 1:00 a.m. WeatherBell.
Sounds like a broken record, because once again we’re talking about another slower midweek system that will impact our weather Tuesday through Friday. Most of the system will be torrential rain here in the subway, with the potential for thunder and even severe storms from Tuesday evening through Wednesday. As we head into Wednesday evening through Friday we will see spells of snow – sometimes mixing, sometimes just snow. In northern Minnesota and the Dakotas, heavier snow is likely, and at least parts of the Dakotas could see more than a foot of snow by midweek.
With this slow system, most of the state will see the potential for at least an inch of liquid precipitation, with some northern areas easily seeing over two inches (some of these areas also have the best potential for heavy rainfall of snow).
We’ll have to watch as we head into Wednesday night and Thursday we may see heavier snow starting to approach parts of central Minnesota. The Twin Cities NWS office highlights the potential for 2″+ of snow depending on the amount of precipitation that envelopes the system near the end. This could be somewhat similar to what happened near the end of the system. last week, with scattered flurries spinning around, producing heavier snow at times.
Heavier snow and even blizzard conditions (more on strong winds below) will be possible Tuesday evening through Friday morning in northwestern Minnesota, with winter storm watches in place.
We will also see very strong wind gusts in the area Wednesday through Thursday, with wind gusts of at least 40-50 mph possible.
Midweek storms in southern Minnesota will also bring the threat of severe weather, with a slight chance of severe weather (or the equivalent of a slight chance) Tuesday and Wednesday in southern Minnesota. On Tuesday, the marginal risk of severe weather extended north to the metro.
A slow slide into spring
By Paul Douglas
Spring in Minnesota is an acquired taste. Not for the delicate. Our boys grew up in Minnesota. Recently they moved, just in time to take advantage of an intermittent spring. “Dad, how did you do this for 40 years?” asked my puzzled Navy son. For 14 years, when asked what it was like to be at sea, he replied, “Imagine the worst cruise ships visiting the worst ports. That’s the Navy.” OKAY.
My answer to Brett: a few well-timed spring getaways. And get out of the house. Do anything outside!
April is an atmospheric tease: 60F yesterday with slushy Thursday. The sun remains out for much of the day, but more rain arrives on Tuesday and Wednesday, with some integrated T-storms, but the threat of severe thunderstorms is less. ECMWF (European Model) consistently prints 30-40″ snow for North Dakota with tillable amounts in northern Minnesota. Maybe some slush at MSP followed by a 40 year streak .
Hope prevails: NOAA’s GFS model predicts 60s and 70s in the last week of April. Oh yeah? Prove it.
Paul’s Twin Towns Extended Forecast
MONDAY: A little sunshine, parasitic shower. Wake 40. High 56. Chance of precipitation 40%. Wind W 10-20 mph.
TUESDAY: More regular rains are coming. T-storm late? Wake up 38. High 51. Chance of precipitation 90%. Wind E 15-25 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Periods of rain. Wake up 43. High 48. Chance of precipitation 90%. Wind NW 10-20 mph.
THURSDAY: Very windy. Snow coating? Wake up 31. High 33. Chance of precipitation 80%. Wind O 20-50 mph.
FRIDAY: A bit of sun, cold wind. Wake 24. High 34. Chance of precipitation 30%. Wind W 15-35 mph.
SATURDAY: Partially sunny and cool. Wake 26. High 42. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NW 8-13 mph.
SUNDAY: PM rain/snow mix possible. Wake 30. High 41. Chance of precipitation 60%. Wind NE 10-20 mph.
Minneapolis Weather Almanac and Solar Data
*Duration of the day: 13 hours, 18 minutes and 14 seconds
*Daylight WON since yesterday: 3 minutes and 3 seconds
* When do we see 14 hours of daylight: April 26 (14 hours, 2 minutes, 30 seconds)
* When is sunrise at/before 6:30? : April 14 (6:30 a.m.)
* When is sunset at/after 8:00 PM?: April 17 (8:01 p.m.)
This day in weather history
1929: Heavy downpour occurs in Lynd, Minnesota (near Marshall), where 5.27 inches of rain would fall in 24 hours.
National weather forecast
We are monitoring two main systems Monday across the country. The first will bring a cold front to the central United States with showers and snow showers in the north and strong storms in the Mississippi Valley. The second, in the western United States, will bring heavy snow to parts of the northwest and rain as far south as southern California. This system will work towards the plains until the middle of the week.
With duo systems across the country, we will be watching for the potential for heavy rain in the central Mississippi/Ohio Valley region and heavy snowfall in the northwest. Feet of snow will be possible in the Cascades, and a foot or more could be possible mid-week in parts of the Northern Plains.
A few of the storms from the Southern Plains to the Ohio Valley will be on the strong side Monday with a slight chance of severe weather in place. Very large hail, damaging winds and several tornadoes will be possible.
Meanwhile, as we head into Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll see this strong westerly storm move into the central United States, again bringing the possibility of significant severe weather. On Tuesday, the greatest risk will be from southwest Iowa to the DFW Metroplex, and on Wednesday through the middle and lower Mississippi valleys. Very large hail, damaging winds and several tornadoes will be possible on both days.
Shards of asteroid that killed dinosaurs may have been found in fossil site
More from the New York Times: “Pristine shards of the impactor that killed the dinosaurs have been discovered, say scientists studying a site in North Dakota that is a time capsule from that calamitous day 66 million years ago. The object that crashed off the Yucatán Peninsula of what is now Mexico was about six miles wide, scientists estimate, but identifying the object has remained a matter of debate. Was it an asteroid or a comet? If it was an asteroid, what type was it? A metallic solid or a pile of rubble of rocks and dust held together by gravity? “If you’re able to identify it, and we’re on track to do it, then you can actually say, ‘Amazing, we know what that was,'” Robert DePalma, the head paleontologist excavations of the site. , said Wednesday during a conference at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.“
How rising sea levels are threatening the lives of coastal Louisiana residents
Read more on PBS Newshour: “Louisiana’s coastal crisis is already underway. Scott Sugasti is only 24 years old. And yet, the commercial fisherman has seen the dense wetlands of southeast Louisiana steadily disappear from his backyard. A new United Nations climate report has painted a dire picture of the future of the Gulf of Mexico, warning that rising sea levels pose a critical threat to much of Louisiana’s coast, including nearly 7,000 residents near the bayous communities of Barataria, Crown Pointe and Jean Lafitte, which are 15 minutes from New Orleans. Sugasti has lived and fished in the area for years. “Everything changed,” he told the PBS NewsHour. “Since I’ve been in diapers, I’ve been on this bayou, and I can start remembering things since I was 9 or 10, and nothing’s exactly the same.”“
It’s not just Glen Canyon – southwestern dams hit
More from Ars Technica: “The news that Lake Powell in Arizona is slowly but surely drying up has spread everywhere. The reservoir behind the 1,320-megawatt Glen Canyon Dam and Generating Station, Lake Powell plays an important role in supplying electricity to some 3 million customers in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. But this year, the reservoir has hit an all-time low, due to persistent drought conditions in the region that have been attributed, at least in part, to climate change. The dam could even stop producing electricity if the situation continues to worsen, and this problem is not isolated to the American Southwest.“
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