Latest From NOAA: Hottest May to July On Record NOAA just released data showing that May through July was the hottest on record for the contiguous United States. Modern-day records date back to 1895. Then again, the 4 hottest years on record, worldwide, have come since 2014. University of St. Thomas scientist John Abraham reports 1400 gigatons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide have been released by burning fossil fuels. Can we just ignore the overheated elephant in the room? Temperatures trend warmer than average into the weekend; at least 3 more days with daytime highs in the upper 80s to near 90F. If it's any consolation, models show a few comfortable days in the 70s early next week; maybe low 80s for the first few days of the Minnesota State Fair. Readers and radio listeners are starting to complain about browning lawns. It's sure drying out in a hurry. An irritable atmosphere may ignite a few T-storms later today, especially south of the Twin Cities. The next widespread, statewide … [Read more...] about NOAA: Hottest May-July on Record. Breathing Easier Next Week
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We Are All Going To Need Some Weather Therapy The reason I bring this up: our tortured April has the entire state in need of emergency therapy. Looking at the weather maps I don't know whether to laugh or weep. Winds will gust over 40 mph, creating blizzard conditions south/west of the metro area Saturday. Never tell a Minnesotan not to travel, but personally, I'd have a Plan B for Saturday. 40s return next week; a sun angle similar to late August melts most of the snow by midweek. I'm sorry. Follow the Trends. Yesterday afternoon the local NWS office was going with 7" in the Twin Cities. They have progressively increased this over time as models appear to come into rough alignment with the axis of heaviest snow. Spaghetti Plot. Earlier model runs were clustering in the 6-10" range for the Twin Cities. 00z runs from Thursday evening were showing considerably higher amounts; well over a foot for MSP. Source: Iowa State. Ice Storm Potential. The best chance of sleet and glaze ice will … [Read more...] about Friday the 13th coincidence: Up to a foot of snow in mid-April?
The (Freakishly) Snowy April of 2018 Continues 10.3 inches of snow has already piled up this month (average is 2.5 inches). Right. The all-time record is 21.8 inches in 1983. That's the year I arrived to work at Channel 11. I clearly remember having a holy (cow) moment. Never forget that we live in a far southern suburb of Winnipeg. The only month snow hasn't been observed at an official Minnesota reporting station is July. We still have Weather Boasting Rights for America. That probably won't change anytime soon. Confidence levels are low; it's still early for specifics. It could be a big pile. Ice Storm Potential Grows. We're all fixated on snow Friday night and Saturday, but the atmospheric profile may be ripe for an extended period of sleet (ice pellets) and freezing rain (rain freezing on contact with cold surfaces). As much as .25"+ of glaze ice may accumulate from the Twin Cities to Mankato and Northfield, based on latest guidance. Factor in 30 mph plus winds and you have all … [Read more...] about Winter storm watch: Ice and plowable snowfall potential grows for Saturday
Helpless Captives in a Land That Spring Forgot I'm hearing stories of snowbirds in Arizona and Florida refusing to return to Minnesota until it finally greens up, around the 4th of July. Showers are possible later today, with heavier rain Friday. NOAA data shows 16-19 inches of frost in the ground. With frozen ground rain will a). melt snow and b). runoff into streets, creating pond-size puddles later in the week. There's growing paranoia, bordering on panic, around a changeover to snow Friday night and Saturday. Speculating inch-amounts 2-3 days before a storm is futile, even irresponsible - but a few more inches of slush may fall; even a plowable snowfall for parts of Minnesota. That's on top of the 10.3 inches of snow that's fallen in April. Hey models show 60s in late April! Uh huh. Praying the NAM Verifies. Not sure I can take a foot of snow in the Twin Cities early in the weekend (and based on the comments I'm receiving, most of them unprintable, I'm not alone). NAM keeps the … [Read more...] about Rain Likely Tonight
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Longtime weather forecaster Ken Graham chosen to lead National Hurricane Center Ken Graham has worked as meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service's New Orleans/Baton Rouge office since 2008. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs USA Today Network Rick Neale, Florida Today Published 2:41 p.m. ET March 28, 2018 CLOSE We break down 5 things that people will be paying for from Hurricane Irma one way or another long after this hurricane season ended. Christina LaFortune, Dave Berman, Wayne T. Price and Tim Walters. Posted Sept. 15, 2017 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE … [Read more...] about Longtime weather forecaster Ken Graham chosen to lead National Hurricane Center