Sunday, April 26, 2009

Good news for farmers, gardeners (and ducks)

Weather Headlines

* No sun for Sunday: another surge of low pressure tracking across the Plains will spread a cold rain across Minnesota & Wisconsin today - heaviest rains: midday and PM hours.
* .50 to .70" of rain possible later today, thunder can't be ruled out - good news for farmers, gardeners, anyone with a lawn in the process of greening up.
* Slight severe T-storm risk extends into far southeastern MN later today, near Rochester, Austin.
* Slowly drying out Monday - dry Tuesday, more showers/storms likely next Thursday/Friday.
* No more 80s in sight: temperatures average a couple degrees below normal through next week.

Paul's Outlook

Today: Cloudy with rain developing, heavy at times midday and early afternoon. A few thunderstorms, strong to severe far south and southeastern MN. Winds: east 10-20+ High: 53

Tonight: Lingering clouds, showers. Low: 41

Monday: Not as soggy: Mostly cloudy, spotty shower or sprinkle. High: 53

Tuesday: Bright sun, springlike again. High: 55

Wednesday: Sun giving way to increasing clouds. High: 57

Thursday: Growing risk of showers, possible T-storm. High: 56

Friday: Unsettled and stormy, a few strong storms? High: 58

Saturday (May 2): Damp start, becoming partly sunny. High: 61

Sunday: Mostly cloudy. High: 58

Monday: Mix of clouds and sun. High: 62

Tuesday: Some sun, humid, PM T-storm. High: 68

Wednesday: Partly cloudy, mild. High: 70

Thursday: More clouds than sun, muggy. High: 69

Friday: PM shower/T-storm. High: 71

Saturday: Unsettled, scattered T-storms around town. High: 73

* Remember, the 15-Day Outlook is more of a trend than a forecast. Accuracy drops off rapidly with time, especially during fast-moving weather patterns with strong jet stream winds. That said, numerical weather models have some "skill", some level of accuracy, going out about 14 days or so. Look more for the overall trends (getting warmer, wetter, cooler, drier, etc?) than specifics for each day beyond Day 7. This is an experimental tool - hopefully one that will become more accurate and reliable as time goes on. Stay tuned....

No comments:

Post a Comment