Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Weekend Perfection

Weather Headlines

* Easter Weekend temperatures running 5 degrees above average.
* "Omega Block" pattern in the jet stream (storms on either coast, high pressure sandwiched in-between over the Northern Plains) will keep us dry and seasonably mild into the first half of next week.
* Storm track to remain south of Minnesotea for the next week or more, only a slight chance of a shower or sprinkle Sunday night/Monday.
* Rain/snow mix possible over Iowa Easter Sunday, coating - 1" slush Sunday night?
* First chance of widespread rain: next Thursday/Friday.
* Saturday, April 18th: potentially damp start, but skies clear during the day. Sunday (April 19) still appears to be the sunnier, drier, nicer day of the 18th/19th April weekend.

Today: Mostly-blue sky, milder, very pleasant. Winds: SE 5-15. High: 58

Tonight: Plenty of moonshine, light winds. Low: 33

Easter Sunday: Sun giving way to increasing PM clouds - should stay dry. High: 57

Monday: Unsettled, gray - a spotty shower or two (most rain stays to our south, could be mixed with a few wet snowflakes near the Iowa border). High: 53

Tuesday: Getting sunnier and nicer again. High: 55

Wednesday: Sunny start, then increasing clouds. high: 56

Thursday: Growing chance of showers, even some steadier rain. High: 54

Friday: Windy and cooler with precipitation tapering to sprinkles. High: near 50

Saturday: Cool, unsettled, a few showers/sprinkles giving way to late clearing. High: 48

Sunday (April 19): Nicer, milder, better day of the weekend - sun much of the day. High: 55

Monday: Blend of clouds and sun, springy again. High: 61

Tuesday (April 21): Showers, possible thunder. High: 57

Wednesday: Leftover clouds, cooler. High: 52

Thursday: Partly sunny. High: 54

Friday: More showers, possible thunder. High: 58

(reminder/disclaimer: anything more than a 4-5 day outlook is more of a "trend" than a forecast, especially during spring and fall, when weather systems move rapidly and skies can change dramatically. Computer models update twice daily and the long-range weather trend will change over time, hopefully becoming more accurate as newer, fresher, more accurate weather data initializes the weather computers).

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