Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Springy Intermission

Weather Headlines

* Spring fever reaches epidemic proportions across central & southern Minnesota as temperatures rise into the low 50s.
* "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 much of next week.
* Storm track to remain south of Minnesota for the next week or more, only a slight chance of a shower or sprinkle Easter Sunday/Monday.
* More of a southerly wind component Saturday, 60 not impossible from Maple Grove to Cottage Grove.
* Saturday appears to be the nicer, sunnier day of the weekend; probably dry for Easter Sunday services, but more clouds likely on Easter.

Tonight: Mostly clear and cool. Low: 32

Good Friday: Plenty of sun, seasonably mild. Winds: NE 5-10. High: 54

Saturday: Nicer day of the weekend. Mostly-blue sky, milder. Winds: SE 5-15. High: near 60

Easter Sunday: Clouds increase, slight chance of a PM shower/sprinkle, especially west toward Alexandria, Willmar and Detroit Lakes. High: 54

Monday: Unsettled, gray - a spotty shower or two (most rain stays to our south). 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. High: 48

Sunday: Nicer, milder, better day - sun reappears. High: 54

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

(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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