Friday, April 17, 2009

The Weekend Outlook: Not All Bad

Weather Headlines

* Another amazing day across central Minnesota, in spite of patchy high clouds, highs top out in the low 70s, some 10-15 degrees above normal for April 17.
* More statistics: average date of the first 70 in the metro area? April 13. (thanks to Pete Boulay at the MN State Climate Office for that nugget of information).
* Saturday: nicer day of the weekend, some fleeting sun possible (especially south & east of Twin Cities, where highs may top 70).
* Winds shift to the north/northeast Saturday PM, keeping us 5-10 degrees cooler than Friday was.
* Best chance of light rain: Saturday night through midday Sunday.
* Some drying/brightening possible later in the day Sunday, but jacket weather returns, highs stuck in the 50s (40s north).
* Warming trend returns next week, more 60s likely by midweek.
* Growing shower/T-storm risk by Thursday/Friday of next week. The weekend outlook doesn't look promising for April 25/26 - some rain is likely, but that's GREAT NEWS for farmers, gardeners, and parched lawns and fields statewide.

Paul's Forecast

Tonight: Patchy clouds, should stay dry. Unseasonably mild for mid April. Low: near 50

Saturday: Nicer day of the weekend. More clouds than sun, dry most of the day. Winds: north/northeast 10-15. High: 65

Saturday night: A period of rain expected. Low: 49

Sunday: Not as nice. Mostly cloudy with light rain. Skies may dry/brighten by mid or late afternoon. High: 51

Monday: Plenty of sun, closer to "average" for mid April. High: 57

Tuesday: Sunny and milder, feeling feverish again! High: near 60

Wednesday: Fading sun, almost balmy! High: near 70

Thursday: Unsettled (but warm) with a growing chance of a shower or T-storm. High: 74

Friday: Some sun, another shower or two nearby. High: 68

Saturday (April 25): More clouds than sun - few showers, possible thunder. High: 69

Sunday: Showers taper early, turning cooler. High: 60 (falling into the 50s)

Monday: Some sun (heavier rain Monday night). High: 55

Tuesday: Chilly! Rain, possibly heavy at times. High: 48

Wednesday: Another shower or two. High: 53

Thursday (April 30): Partly sunny, breezy. High: 56

Friday: Cool, potentially showery. High: near 50

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