Tricounty News

Robins are returning

Weather: Wow, is all I can say about our weather over the weekend and again on Monday! High temperatures climbed into the 40s and lower 50s across much of Minnesota on Sunday.

The strength of the sun is impressive as with only a couple of days of temperatures above freezing, we started seeing some patches of grass in our yard! My wife also heard robins singing outside our bedroom window Sunday morning.

The mild temperatures continued on Monday as a warm-front moved across the Midwest. Most of Minnesota enjoyed temperatures once again in the 40s and even lower 50s.

As close as portions of Nebraska, South Dakota, and even Iowa saw temperatures climbing to near 70 degrees on Monday.

 A weak cold front, however, arrived Monday night and helped to generate some light rain and light snow across the Upper Midwest. The majority of the precipitation was going to impact Southern Minnesota and parts of Western Minnesota.

Cooler air returned on the backside of this frontal boundary system on Tuesday with highs generally in the 20s and 30s.

This cooler weather will be with us for Wednesday before another warm-front will arrive by Thursday. High temperatures again should reach the low- to mid-40s across most of Minnesota.

There will be another chance of light rain/light snow on Friday as a cold-front advances across Minnesota.

Despite the milder air, the six- to 10-day outlook calls for temperatures to generally remain below normal during the period.

As far as precipitation, Southern Minnesota should see precipitation below average during the period, Central Minnesota should see precipitation near average, and Northern Minnesota should see precipitation below average.

Have a great rest of the week and enjoy spotting those robins as they return.

Weather history: On this date in 2009 “the record low temperature for Minnesota for the month of March is set, with temperatures dropping to 35 below zero at Embarrass and Babbit.” Meanwhile, St Cloud also “sets a new daily record low of 15 below zero, which shattered the previous record of 12 below zero that was set in 1956.”

Weather fact: No rain has ever been recorded in the “Antofagasta region of the Atacama desert in Chile.”

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 12 High 26

Duluth Low 4  High 21

Central Minn. Low  11 High 25

Twin Cities Low 18 High 27

Rochester Low 12 High 26

Marshall Low 17 High 29

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 25 Low 19 Wind: NW 5-10 mph Prec. None

Monday’s sunrise, March 10: 7:41 a.m.

Monday’s sunset: 7:22 p.m.

Normal High: 33

Normal Low: 17

Temperatures will cool-off for Wednesday, but the milder air will return for Thursday and Friday. We will return to more seasonal readings by Saturday and Sunday along with a chance of light rain or light snow possible on Friday and again on Sunday.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and warmer. High 42 Low 25 Winds: SE 10-15 mph None

Friday: Partly cloudy, 20-
percent chance of light rain/snow. High 38 Low 19 Winds: SW/W 10-15>20 mph Prec. Trace-.20”

Saturday: Partly cloudy and not as warm. High 32 Low 16 Winds: W/NW 10-15 mph Prec. None

Sunday: Partly cloudy, 20-percent chance of light snow/rain. High 29 Low 12 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Prec. Trace-.20”