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Today's Forecast

It turned out to be a beautiful Easter Day over most of Minnesota.  It might have been a little tough for the Easter Bunny to hide the eggs in the fog early this morning, but that burned off into some great sunshine for much of the rest of the day.  After highs in the upper 60s on Saturday, temperatures today climbed into the mid 70s!  This week promises to be a little busy in the weather department.  The National Weather Service has designated this Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Each day we'll be focusing on certain aspects of the types of severe weather we encounter here in Minnesota.  Even though there's not a great chance for any actual severe weather this week, there are several chances for thunderstorms.  Anytime there are thunderstorms present, there is a chance for some severe weather, even though that chance might be small.  Lightning can obviously be dangerous and even deadly, so when thunderstorms are around, so is lightning.  Temperatures this week will be either side of average nearly every day.  The one day that's still a little iffy is Thursday.  I'm not quite sure weather the atmosphere will have enough time to heat up before a cool front arrives.  If it does, we might have a few strong thunderstorms that develop.  It's one system I'll be watching all week.
 
The Outlook
In the long term, temperatures are expected to continue to warm on schedule.  One thing I'm noticing in most of the long term models is the increase in activity in the northern reaches of the jet stream.  This should translate into increased storminess and thus rainfall over the next few weeks.  Changes out over the Pacific could also bring some much needed rainfall to the very dry areas out West.  All of these things could mean a slightly wetter and cooler remainder of the spring season.  It's too early to change any plans at this point, but the increase in moisture can be good and bad for farmers.  Moisture is great after the planting is done, but it can make it tough if it gets too wet before the seeds are in the ground.  Watch for updates over the next few weeks.
 
The Wind Forecast
The winds should be light and variable tonight and northwesterly at 10-15 mph on Monday.
 
The Almanac
Yesterday's high 67
Average high 60
Average low 39
Precipitation Saturday .11"
Precipitation for the month 1.74" (+ .19")
Precipitation for the year 5.39" (+ .28")
Snowfall this season  69.8"
 
The Records for Monday
Record High 95 in 1980
Record Low 22 in 1966
 
Sunrise & Sunset
6:18 AM & 8:06 PM
 
Have a great day!
Meteorologist Dave Dahl

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Minneapolis/St. Paul

Broken Clouds
62°
74° | 52°
  • Feels like: 62° F
  • Wind: E 7mph
  • Humidity: 75%
  • Mon Clouds giving way to sun
    70° | 43°
  • Tue Times of sun and clouds
    62° | 43°
  • Wed Showers possible
    60° | 50°
  • Thu Thunderstorms
    70° | 46°

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