Weather column: It had been a relatively quiet spring in regards to severe weather across the United States and particularly across the Upper Midwest. The cooler temperatures had kept the severe weather at bay, but all of that changed last week and over the weekend.
Tornadoes swept across parts of north Texas last Wednesday leaving several people dead. Up to 100 people were also injured from the twisters.
Then on Sunday, tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa. At least one person was killed in Shawnee, Oklahoma from that storm system. Tornadoes, hail, and strong thunderstorms with damaging winds also did damage across parts of the Central Plains and Upper Midwest.
We actually have a week with no snow in the forecast! We knew it had to happen sooner or later as the sun angle is getting just too high for snow to keep popping up in our forecast.
On Monday of this week we started things off with high temperatures in the 60s and even lower 70s. A few spotty showers did pop-up in the afternoon heat across mainly in Central Minnesota.
Weather column: Record low temperatures were recorded across much of Minnesota on Saturday. In addition to doing this weather column, I also work at KXRA-AM and KX92 in Alexandria. While doing the Saturday morning show, I watched as the temperature in Alexandria at the airport fell to 10 degrees at
6:22 a.m. This set a new record low for this date for Alexandria. It surpassed the previous record low of 16 degrees set back in 1966.
This sign sums up Minnesota’s attitude toward snow (toward the bottom of the vertical sign). “Mother Nature: We Give Up” is what the sign at
Schmidty’s Tesoro in Kimball reads. This photo was taken in the midst of last Thursday’s snowstorm, April 18. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
Weather column: This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week. It is difficult to think about tornadoes, thunderstorms, hail, and lightning when we are dealing with slick roads and snow drifts still around our houses. However, it is critical to be prepared, because the season will arrive–eventually.