Joe’s Wx Blog: Another taste of spring

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Sunshine is starting to break through as I type this, and temperatures which started in the 50s this AM will warm nicely for the rest of the day, probably ending up around 75° or so before our Saturday is done.

There is really nothing more I can add concerning the rain and storm chances for the next 4 days or so. While storms are expected later tomorrow into early Monday AM and additional storms are likely TUE and or WED, there are still far too many questions about how things are going to evolve and the amount of instability that we’ll have in the region. I’ll get more into that tomorrow. The SPC is still targeting Tuesday for the potential of some severe weather nearby as you can see below.

One of the complicating factors will be how far west the storm is forecasted to track…all the way out towards the Plains of CO. That’s pretty far west, and at least through Monday the highest risk of severe weather should be well west of KC. More on these details tomorrow and Monday.

I wanted to show you some interesting pictures from space showing how the weather this year has affected the foliage compared to last year. You remember how warm last year was heading into April. Here are the average monthly departures leading up to last Spring.

DEC 2011: +4.4°
JAN 2012: +6.3°
FEB 2012: +4.6°
MAR 2012: +14.4°
APR 2012: +4.2°

Now here are the numbers leading up to this Spring.

DEC 2012: +4.4°
JAN 2013: +4°
FEB 2013: -1.1°
MAR 2013: -6.4°
APR: 2013: -6.4° (thru yesterday)

I wanted to illustrate this for you because I dug up some interesting satellite pictures yesterday comparing the early part of April last Spring to the early part of April this Spring. I think if you drive around town you can recognize the lack of “color” that we delayed in seeing so far this year. Yet if you remember last season, everything was already pretty lush and green. Take a look a the view from space last year…

ScreenHunter_12 Apr. 05 09.32

Now take a look at the same view this year…

ScreenHunter_13 Apr. 05 09.32

You can easily see the lack of “green” in the second satellite picture. A pretty amazing contrast from one season to another. For reference KC is in the bottom center of the pictures…if you look carefully enough, you can still see a lot of snow on the ground up across WI and far SE MN on the picture above…certainly NOT a very nice spring look. Click on those images to make them larger.

Joe

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