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.
Most of us remember, however, how active 2010 was as a record 104 tornadoes were reported across the state. Wadena was hit the hardest in the region as an EF-4 tornado moved across the city on June 17, 2010, and “cut a quarter-mile-wide path of destruction through the town.”
Make sure that your family has some type of alert system. Weather radios are great, but emergency officials now have a new way to send warnings directly to cell phones in affected areas — Wireless Emergency Alerts. These alerts are short messages which are sent directly to your phone number and alert you of any watches and warnings. These can be great for people on the go and out at the lake this spring and summer.
We will continue to give you tips and information throughout the month of April about the severe weather season to keep you and your family safe!
Weather history: On this date in 1977 a record of 86 was set at Redwood Falls. Many other records fell across the state of Minnesota as temps hit the low to mid 80s.
Weather fact: Thunderstorms can produce straight-line winds that exceed 100 miles per hour. For this reason you should treat severe thunderstorms just as you would tornadoes. Move to an appropriate shelter if you are in the path of the storm.
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low 23 High 35
Duluth Low 22 High 35
Central Minn. Low 25 High 36
Twin Cities Low 29 High 39
Rochester Low 31 High 40
Marshall Low 25 High 36
Monday, April 8: Mostly cloudy to cloudy, 50-percent chance of light snow/rain. High 36 Low 23 Winds: NE 15-20 mph Prec. Trace-.30”
Monday’s sunrise: 6:44 a.m.
Monday’s sunset: 8:02 p.m.
Normal High: 51
Normal Low: 30
An area of low pressure will impact the area Tuesday night into Wednesday that could bring some light rain mixed with light snow to the region. Drier air will return for Thursday as high pressure settles-in for Thursday and Friday.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 32 Low 19 Winds: NE 10-15 Prec. None
Friday: Partly cloudy. High 41 Low 14 Winds: E/SE 5-10 mph Prec. None
Saturday: Partly cloudy, 40-percent chance of rain by the evening. Rising temperatures overnight. High 34 Low 33 Winds: SE/NW 5-10 Prec. .10”-.60”
Sunday: Partly cloudy and warmer, 20-percent chance of light rain. High 57 Low 36 Wind: SW/NW at 5-10 mph Prec.