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.
Weather column: Next week will kick-off Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. We want to keep everyone safe this upcoming severe weather season.
The National Weather Service states that Minnesota experiences on average “40 tornadoes per year.” In 2012, for example, the NWS reported that 37 twisters touched down.
Weather column: Monday, of course, was April Fool’s Day, and we were treated to a bit of a practical “joke” to start off the week around the state of Minnesota. For example, Hallock dropped to a cold low of two below zero and was the coldest location around the state. This reading was only 10 degrees shy of the record low for the community.
Meanwhile, Alexandria had a low of 10 degrees on Monday. Last year, Alexandria had a record high of 69 degrees. This year, Elbow Lake dropped to 6 degrees for their morning low on Monday. That was just 7 degrees shy of the record low of 1 below zero dating back to 1975. One year ago Elbow Lake hit 69 degrees!
Weather column: Severe weather awareness week takes place in Minnesota this year
April 15-19. I know it has been hard to think about severe thunderstorms and the possibility of tornadoes when we still have all of this snow around Minnesota.
Things can change quickly this time of the year, however. As a result, it is time to start thinking about your severe weather plan. In the next few weeks I will have some tips to keep you and your family safe.