Enjoy the brisk March air. It is as fleeting as it is refreshing.
Our weather appears ready to lead the calendar as we turn the page to April this year. Spring is in the air again by this weekend. A strange bright object returns to the sky the next few days. Not a moment too soon for seasonally challenged Minnesotans. Is it just me, or are the chilly March breeze and gray skies making the natives a little restless lately?
The coming warm-up and sunshine are welcome signs to most.
Life on the backside
Of a high pressure cell that is. That’s where the meteorological living is easy for Midwest natives. Southerly breezes return this weekend as high pressure pulls away to the east. Milder air from the Central Plains flows mercifully north. Low pressure gathers showers to the west by a breezy Saturday evening.
The incoming air mass sends March out like a baby lamb as temperatures run a good 10 degrees warmer than average in the Midwest by Tuesday. The blob of warmer than average air covers most of the United States next week.
The vast stands of thick rain forecast suck up carbon dioxide and store some of the extra carbon we humans have been belching into the atmosphere for a century. This uptake of atmospheric CO2 is an offset more rapid climate change. But massive deforestation and changes in regional climate are making the Amazon a less effective carbon sink. Read more →
A fairly compact low pressure system is sparks a relatively narrow band of heavier snows through tonight. The system shows signs of a slight southward jog, which supports my thinking from last night that the heaviest snow bands will eventually set up south and west of the Twin Cities metro. Read more →