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.
Again, here is some information to help remind you what some of the terms are in dealing with severe weather:
• Watches are issued when conditions are favorable for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, or flash floods. If you are in a watch area you can continue with normal activities, but stay alert to changing conditions, “and also make plans to seek shelter if necessary.”
• Warnings are issued when severe weather has been reported or is imminent. You should seek shelter immediately if you are in or near the path of the storm. Storm based “warnings are issued for the area where the storm will move so you should know the name of the county in which you are in at that time.” Keep flashlights and radios handy if you lose power and to stay alert.
Again, with snow still in the forecast, many may think of putting off having a plan for the upcoming season. Please don’t put this off as it is critical for your family to stay safe this coming severe weather season! You need to know where to go if a tornado is in your path. A basement, interior room, or even a storm shelter will all help you if a tornado is in your vicinity!
Weather history: On this date last year temperatures hit the upper 50s and lower 60s across the area with plenty of sunshine!
Weather fact: Sirens–normally sound “about three minutes then go silent.” Officials say that “it is very rare to keep the sirens sounding for the entire warning since that will cause the backup battery to run out.”
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low 22 High 35
Duluth Low 23 High 35
Central Minn. Low 24 High 36
Twin Cities Low 27 High 38
Rochester Low 27 High 39
Marshall Low 25 High 37
Monday, April 15: Mostly cloudy to cloudy, 60-percent chance of snow possibly mixed with some light rain or freezing rain. High 36 Low 23 Winds: NE 10-15 mph N Prec. .10”-.50”
Monday’s sunrise: 6:28 a.m.
Monday’s sunset: 8:11 p.m.
Normal High: 56
Normal Low: 33
Another storm system will arrive Wednesday and linger into Thursday that could bring another four to six inches of snowfall to the area.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy to cloudy, 50-percent chance of light snow/light rain. High 34 Low 23 Winds: NW 15-25 Prec. Trace-.20”
Friday: Partly cloudy and cool. High 32 Low 21 Winds: NW 15-25 mph Prec. None
Saturday: Partly cloudy and warmer, 30-percent chance of light rain late. High 46 Low 32 Winds: SE 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.10”
Sunday: Variable cloudiness, 40-percent chance of light rain. High 43 Low 32 Wind: NE 5-10 mph Prec. Trace-.20”