Our tormented April limps on: brief, wondrous spasms of warmth, interrupted by extended spells of wind chill & fat flakes. By the time mid-April rolls around Minnesotans do NOT want to hear about "shovel-able snows".
With a higher sun angle and temperatures above 32F in the metro most roads should remain wet, in spite of a sloppy mix. We can't rule out a coating of slush in the metro area, especially early this morning, with an inch or two north metro. If you're driving north up I-35 travel conditions should get progressively worse; mainly snow north of St. Cloud, Princeton and North Branch. Some 3-7+ inch amounts are possible by evening from central Minnesota into northern Wisconsin.
Keep those driveway stakes in a little bit longer.
I expect a "snow sandwich"; precipitation starting as a coating to 1 inch of slush this morning, changing to rain, then back to snow at the tail-end of the storm by this evening. Winds reach 25 mph, creating treacherous travel up north, along with enough snow to build a respectable slush-man from Brainerd and Duluth to Hayward.
Any primal screams today give way to contented sighs next week, with highs in the 60s again next week.
Easter egg hunts may be muddy this year; rain is likely Saturday into Easter Sunday. Good news for your greening garden.
Graphic credit above: "The amounts that temperatures around the world differed from the historic average." Credit: NOAA.
If El Nino Comes This Year, It Could Be A Monster. Wired.com has the story; here's the introduction: "Attention, weather superfans: El Niño might be coming back. And this time, we could be in for a big one. Official NOAA Climate Prediction Center estimates peg the odds of El Niño’s return at 50 percent, but many climate scientists think that is a lowball estimate. And there are several indications that if it materializes, this year’s El Niño could be massive, a lot like the 1997-98 event that was the strongest on record. “I think there’s no doubt that there’s an El Niño underway,” said climate scientist Kevin Trenberth of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research. “The question is whether it’ll be a small or big one...”
Photo credit: Reuters. "A thick haze of pollution envelopes Beijing - but scientists say the toxic air travels much further afield."
Graphic credit above: NerdWallet.
Turns Out, You Can Make Solar Panels Work In Cloudy Cities. Here's another article that made me do a double-take; an excerpt from The Atlantic Cities: "Solar panels have always made sense in cities that get a lot of sun, at least intuitively. But in recent years, scientists have figured out ways to make them more useful for perpetually gloomy cities like London and Seattle. The solution comes down to organic photovoltaics. Unlike traditional solar panels, made of silicon, OPV cells are made of organic semiconductors, which can be 3D-printed or coated over large areas, as seen in the video below...."
Photo credit: "Air Force One." (Katie Zezima)
16 F. low Tuesday morning, tying the all-time record set in 1943.
36 F. high Tuesday afternoon in St. Cloud.
56 F. average high on April 15. Was it April 15? Really?
36 F. high on April 15, 2013.
TODAY: Winter Storm Warning. Periods of wet snow, mixed with rain at times this afternoon. Winds: E 20+ High: 34
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Wet snow may accumulate 2-5" with very slow travel. Low: 25
THURSDAY: Flurries taper. More clouds than sun, chilly. High: 40
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, almost spring. Wake-up: 22. High: 47
SATURDAY: Showers likely, possible thunder. Wake-up: 30. High: 54
EASTER SUNDAY: Milder under mostly cloudy skies. Isolated shower? Wake-up: 36. High:58
MONDAY: Intervals of sun, getting better out there. Wake-up: 40. High: 61
TUESDAY: Fading sun. Welcome back spring. Wake-up: 42. High: 64
* Total lunar eclipse photo taken early Tuesday morning courtesy of photographer Steve Burns.
Photo credit above: "A road crew foreman surveys the washed-out lanes of northbound MacLeod Trail in Calgary, Alta., Monday, June 24, 2013. Heavy rains caused flooding, closed roads, and forced evacuations across Southern Alberta." THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh.
Rising Sun. Why don't we hear more about the ongoing solar power revolution in the popular media? Here's an excerpt of an Op-Ed from Paul Krugman at The New York Times: "...In fact, it’s possible that solar will displace coal even without special incentives. But we can’t count on that. What we do know is that it’s no longer remotely true that we need to keep burning coal to satisfy electricity demand. The way is open to a drastic reduction in emissions, at not very high cost. And that should make us optimistic about the future, right? I mean, all that stands in our way is prejudice, ignorance, and vested interests. Oh, wait..."