Tricounty News

Easter Sunday, a beautiful day

 

Weather: Easter Sunday 2014 has to go down right up there as one of the nicest weekends in weather history. Temperatures on Easter Sunday were in the 70s across most of the area.

Alexandria hit a beautiful 
72 degrees for the daytime high. It was a long way from its record high of 87 degrees set back in 1980, but nevertheless, it was a picture perfect day. Dew points were in the 20s and 30s with humidity levels Sunday afternoon at around 
25 percent for most of the afternoon.

 

In addition, the winds were light out of the south at around eight mph. I don’t think we could have ordered a nicer day.

Other temperatures Sunday across the area included: Sebeka and Menagha also at
72 degrees for the high, Elbow Lake at 73 degrees; and Kimball, Morris, and Montevideo all at a beautiful 75 degrees.

Monday and Tuesday of this week were also pleasant with highs in the upper 50s and low to mid 60s common across much of Central, West Central, and North Central Minnesota.

A change from our nice weather pattern takes place Tuesday night into Wednesday as an area of low pressure will arrive for the midweek, bringing a chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms across Minnesota. We could even see some hail by late Wednesday into early Thursday morning. Keep an eye for the threat of severe weather.

Speaking of severe weather, this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. There will be a statewide tornado drill as officials will be testing the alert system with a simulated tornado warning weather permitting at 1:45 p.m. Thursday. If you hear the outdoor sirens, it will likely be a test, but do stay alert just in case. Some counties will also issue a secondary simulated tornado drill at 6:55 p.m. Thursday.

Finally, since it is Severe Weather Awareness Week, here is a tip for you and your family. You should take responsibility for your safety and be prepared before a watch or warning is issued. Also, meet with household members to develop a disaster plan to respond to tornado watches and warnings. When a tornado warning is issued, head to your basement or interior room.

Be safe and have a great week.

Weather history: On this date in 1854 “Summertime at
Ft. Snelling with temperatures in the 80s” reported.

Weather fact: Flash Flood Fact: Did you know that 75 percent of flash flood deaths occur at night with half of the victims dying in their automobiles or other vehicles?

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 46 High 56

Duluth Low 32 High 49

Central Minn. Low 44 High 55

Twin Cities Low 45 High 57

Rochester Low 42 High 58

Marshall Low 48 High 64

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy to cloudy and breezy with a
70-percent chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms possible. High 55 Low 42 Wind: SE 15-25 mph Prec. .10”-.40”

Monday’s sunrise, April 21: 6:19 a.m.

Monday’s sunset: 8:19 p.m.

Normal High: 56

Normal Low: 37

Showers and isolated thunderstorms will likely move across the Upper Midwest for Wednesday and Thursday as a cold-front will arrive. Lingering rain is possible for Friday possibly mixed with some light snow before drier air returns for the weekend. Temperatures will cool off by Friday and Saturday on the backside of the frontal boundary system.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy to cloudy, a 70-percent chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms likely.  High 54 Low 34 Winds: SW/NW 10-15>20 mph  Prec. .10”-.70”

Friday: Mostly cloudy,
40-percent chance of lingering light rain possibly mixed with light snow early. High 44 Low 27 Winds: N 10-20 mph Prec. Trace-.20”

Saturday: Partly to mostly sunny and cool. High 46 Low 32 Winds: NE 10-15 mph Prec. None

Sunday: Mostly sunny and a bit warmer. High 51 Low 32 Winds: E 10-15 mph Prec. None.