Spring is here! Well, for now….

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Main threats

Thursday night: Strong storms and heavy rainfall

Summary

Most of this week’s forecast can be summed up by two words: warm and wet. Look at those daytime highs and lows! Last week we were talking about highs in the 20s and lows around 10. What a difference a week makes!

We have a patch of showers moving our way right now and they will be here for our lunch hour and into the afternoon. Keep that in mind if you’re headed out for lunch.

Below is the current radar, showing showers moving our way for the lunch and afternoon hours.

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Wednesday looks wet, as a warm front develops in our area. We could even hear some rumbles of thunder.

The next best shot of rain, as well as the best chance all week, comes Thursday evening/night. That is when a strong cold front will bring a line of heavy rain and thunderstorms to the plateau. At this time, severe weather doesn’t look to be a great threat, but it’s certainly not one I can rule out completely. More than likely, we’ll just see some heavy rain and rumbles of thunder.

After that front crosses, temps take a plunge and we’ll return to the February weather we’re missing out on. An even stronger cold front arrives Sunday, so get ready to bundle up. That cold snap is going to hurt after these 60s we’re experiencing this week.

By Friday morning we should have accumulated about 2-3 inches of rain across the plateau. Since this rainfall will be spread out over a period of several days, no major flooding issues are anticipated, despite a nearly saturated ground.

Right now, Saturday is looking sunny and cool, with highs in the 40s.

Records

It was a snowy day across the plateau 21 years ago today! Jamestown set a daily record for snowfall, with 18″ of snow falling. By the time the storm was over, they had accumulated 20.5 inches of snow. Notice that this beats the records they set with the Blizzard of ’93. Both Monterey and Livingston both also set daily snowfall records, measuring 12 and 9 inches, respectively. At the storm’s peak, 50,000 people were without power across the plateau.

On this day in 2007 the city of Kahului, on the island of Maui, only reached a high of 54 degrees. This was the coldest daytime high temperature ever recorded for this day for them. Bless their hearts, right? (ha)

Almanac

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Record high: 67 (1962)

Record low: -10 (1996)

Today’s sunset: 5:10

Tomorrow’s sunrise: 6:36

Today’s day length: 10 hrs 33 mins 25 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 10 hrs 35 mins 20 secs

One year ago today

It was a cloudy, rainy day across the plateau a year ago today. It was also chilly, as the high only reached 42 degrees. Approximately 0.64″ of rain fell. Temps stayed in the 30s most of the day. A cold front moved through around 10:00 pm., dropping temps to the upper 20s by midnight.

Astronomy

Sky viewing conditions tonight: POOR

Moon phase: New Moon, 0% illumination

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News

The folks in the upper Midwest who were 30-40 degrees below zero last week are now dealing with freezing rain. Ice storm warnings are in place across northern Minnesota. Warm air is surging northward but it’s not in time to completely kick out the subfreezing temperatures. Those folks are having a rough winter!

Aren’t you thankful that we live far enough south that we get these nice breaks? Even with winter returning by this weekend, we’re now only a few weeks from spring.

You all have a great day!

I snapped this pic while out for my morning run. Isn’t that a beautiful morning sight?

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