Essence of spring; sunshine and light winds feel pretty good

After a run of chilly weather, we can break into a little ditty about a rather nice day. Sure we’d like about 10 more degrees on the thermometer, but the mercury topped out at 43 F at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport at 3 p.m. CDT.

This is the warmest day in the Twin Cities since we reached 43 degrees on December 12, 2012.

It was also 41 degrees at the Duluth Harbor this afternoon. Pipestone, Minn., had bragging rights, reaching 45 F this afternoon. I’m excluding Crane Lake, which is enjoying the pine tree effect and checked in with 46 degrees at 4 p.m. CDT

I stepped out on my south-facing deck this afternoon to capture some vitamin D. It felt great in the sunshine. My thermometer in the sushine read 55 F. That’s why official temperatures are taken in the shade.

Remember you can catch a sunburn even in chilly temperatures this time of year. Here’s the UV index for Wednesday. OK, so it takes 45 minutes in central Minnesota. It’s an awareness issue.


Surface weather map at 4:10 p.m. CDT. Surface temperatures are in red.


Click on image for larger view. Source:NWS

The visible satellite picture from the GOES shows the expansive blanket of snow over eastern North Dakota. Temperatures have been struggling to get above freezing in that neck of the woods. This morning’s low was 2 below zero at Devils Lake, ND.


Source:NOAA/College of Dupage

With clear skies and nearly calm winds, temperatures are expected to fall into the teens overnight in northern Minnesota.


Looking ahead, we see milder temperatures edging up through Friday and Saturday. Overcast skies and precipitation may put a damper on the Saturday outdoor plans.

A cold front passes through Minnesota on Sunday and brings a dose of, shall we say, refreshing air for Monday.


Click for larger view of hourly temperatures and wind for the Twin Cities on Monday.

Source:NWS Chanhassen, MN

What you are looking at is the graph of temperatures and winds at the surface in the proximity of Target Field.

Pete Boulay and Greg Spoden of the Minnesota Climate working group put together a nice summary of the weather for the outdoor opening games of the Minnesota Twins.

The summary of opening day weather can be viewed by clicking here.

More details on the timing of the weekend precipitation will be posted Thursday.

Craig Edwards

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