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.
Many other record low temperatures fell across the state of Minnesota. Morris dipped to
19 degrees for the new record low for that community. Wadena also set a new record low with a reading of 12 degrees.
In addition, the Kimball area set a new record low of 16 degrees. Elbow Lake dropped to 19 degrees. This was just five degrees shy of the record of 14 degrees set back in 1966.
A winter weather advisory was issued for Monday and Tuesday of this week for more snow across parts of Central and Southern Minnesota. Two to six inches of snow fell across the region along with fairly windy conditions. This hopefully will be the last winter storm of the season. I know the city, county, and state snow removal budgets could use a break for the rest of the season.
There is finally some good news in the weather department! Spring weather will arrive as temperatures could actually hit the low to mid 60s on Saturday. With the warmer temperatures there is the threat of thunderstorms.
We can finally break out the shorts and short sleeve shirts!
Enjoy the spring weather…finally!
Weather history: On this date in 1962 temperatures across the state hit the mid- to upper-80s with a few lower 90s reported!
Weather fact: According to the National Weather Service, “the third greatest number of weather fatalities in Minnesota since 1990 has been due to excessive heat.” Eighteen people have died from high heat and humidity. Only tornadoes and flooding have killed more people in the last 23 years.
MN AT A GLANCE:
Moorhead Low 30 High 43
Duluth Low 23 High 41
Central Minn. Low 25 High 40
Twin Cities Low 28...High...48
Rochester Low...26 High 50
Marshall Low 27 High 47
Monday, April 22: Mostly cloudy to cloudy, 40-percent chance of rain and snow. High 40 Low 23 Winds: SE 10-20 Prec. Trace-.10”
Monday’s sunrise: 6:17 a.m.
Monday’s sunset: 8:21 p.m.
Normal High: 60
Normal Low: 37
Warmer air will finally settle in by the weekend. With the warmer temperatures showers and thunderstorms are possible by Friday night and into the weekend. Temperatures in the 60s are likely by Saturday and Sunday. Some 70s are also possible over the weekend.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 48 Low 36 Winds: SW 5-15 Prec. None
Friday: Partly cloudy and warmer with a 40-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms by the evening. High 58 Low 39 Winds: S 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20”
Saturday: Partly cloudy and warm, 30-percent chance of showers/T-storms. High 65 Low 41 Winds: SE 10-15 Prec. Trace-.30”
Sunday: Partly cloudy, 30-percent chance of rain. High 64 Low 45 Wind: SW/W 5-15 mph Prec.