Impressive auroras – sky show over Minnesota last night
70s today over southern Minnesota
Next rain chances move in tonight
It was a pretty good sky show last night over Minnesota. A burst of auroras lit up skies in the darkened areas Monday night, with auroras reported from Grand Portage to Fergus Falls, and from Michigan to Colorado.
Check out the amazing video from Douglas Kiesling shot near Fergus Falls, MN.
Aurora Borealis, AKA Northern Lights time-lapse video from just northwest of Fergus Falls, MN as the geomagnetic storm peaked.
Shot with a 10mm wide angle lens as the Auroras filled the sky to make it look like it was on fire.
There is still a chance for more auroras tonight, though it appears we may be dodging some clouds and showers.
Here are some good places to keep up on all things aurora borealis.
Almost like spring: 70s and more rain ahead
Source: Twin Cities NWS
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Today brings a mix of sun and clouds to Minnesota, and milder temps. A few bank thermometers should tickly 70 degrees in southern Minnesota today, and again tomorrow.
The next low pressure wave creates enough instability to trigger a few showers and possibly a thunderstorms overnight into Wednesday morning.
Source: Iowa State University
Early lilac & other blooms this year:
Our record march jump started many blooms in Minnesota this year. In fact, this is one of the earliest lilac blooms I can recall.
April lilacs at the Weather Lab
Photo by Paul Huttner-MPR News
Historically, the first lilac blooms typically come to Minnesota in the first weeks of May. But the date of the first lilac bloom has been moving steadily up during the past several decades, according to my conversations with phenologists like long time observer Jim Gilbert.
Source: Project Budburst
According to dedicated observers like Jim, tracking changing bud and bloom times is one of the best ways to document climate change. The plants don’t lie, they bud and bloom when conditions are right. Lilac blooms have moved as much as two weeks earlier since the late 1970s in Minnesota.
Check out “Project Budburst” for more info on what’s blooming, and where.