Rainy week gives way to a spectacular weekend

Wind-driven rains greeted commuters this morning as expected across Minnesota.

MnDOT cam shows wet streets at Highways 7 and 101 in Minnetonka.

Showers, local downpours and a few lightning strikes sweep across Minnesota today. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s High Resolution Rapid Refresh model tracks the band of rain moving east today.

NOAA, via tropical tidbits

Wintry mix up north

Up north it’s cold enough for a wintry mix at times today.

Next wave arrives Wednesday

Skies brighten with some sunny peeks this afternoon. We dry out tonight, then the next rain system arrives Wednesday lingering into Thursday.

NOAA Global Forecast System model, via tropical tidbits

NOAA’s North American Mesoscale Forecast System model captures the precise notion of the two distinct rain systems. Many locations across Minnesota pick up an inch of new rainfall this week.

NOAA NAM rainfall output via College of DuPage

Spectacular weekend

The trade off for our rainy mid-week run? A sunny, dry and pleasantly cool spring weekend. Friday through Sunday look mostly sunny with light winds Friday and Saturday. Low 60s could be conservative this weekend.

NOAA, via Weather Bell

No please, not my chocolate

Chocolate and coffee growers are among those struggling to adapt to climate shifts. Even small changes in temperature rainfall can have an out sized impact on production.

2017: Warm again

2017 is on pace to be another top 10, and perhaps top five warmest year globally.

Summer skiing anyone?

Sixty feet of snow in the Sierras means ski season could run into next winter.

Weather balloon explodes at high altitude

How did we all survive before GoPro anyway?

  • Philip A. Rutter

    Chocolate and coffee are excellent examples of another coming huge
    disruption from climate change – the shift in where a crop is
    profitable. This is already going on with wine in the US west; the
    growers are highly aware, wealthy, and already moving north. With
    chocolate- it is very likely regions where it will not grow now- will be
    able to grow it soon. But – it is unlikely the not-at-all wealthy people now growing it
    can be moved with the crop, or that the next groing region will be
    anywhere close to the present ones; mountains being uncooperative beasts
    generally. We’ll still grow cacao – but not in the same places, or
    with the same systems. Will it be more expensive? Take a wild guess…

  • Chris C

    And how many times have they said oil would run out. If Ghana and Ivory Coast loose production, climate change will more than likely make someplace else more conducive to make up that production. Wine is a perfect example. Wine used to be produced in England then not so much. California increased production now losing share, MN increasing share. (Not implying a direct timeline between England and CA of course). Why all the doom and gloom, isn’t there an equal chance it will be cheaper if it say came to Georgia due to proximity and US mass production efficiency or to SE Asia where production cost are less than Ghana/Ivory Coast? Will Ghana/Ivory Coast now be able to produce something more profitable? I’d love to see someone, somewhere, mention the bigger picture. Status quo isn’t a thing. The train disrupted the horse for long distance travel, the car and plane largely replaced the train. Do we think we are better off with the horse today? We will find a way.