Weather column: Temperatures certainly have been cooler than average the past several days. In fact, some spots saw record or near record low temperatures across Minnesota.
On Saturday, for example, Alexandria fell to 50 degrees for the morning low. This was just two degrees shy of the record low of 48 degrees set back in 2005. Elbow Lake fell to 47 degrees, Morris dipped to 48 degrees, Kimball bottomed-out at 48 degrees, and Wadena tied the record of 44 degrees. Meanwhile, Brainerd was a warmer 52 degrees.
By Sunday, Alexandria dipped to 51 degrees. Again, this was just two degrees short of the record low of 49 degrees dating back to 1952.
Starting off this week temperatures were even chillier across much of Minnesota. Eveleth fell to 37 degrees. This tied the record also set back in 2005. Crane Lake also dropped to 37 degrees for the state low temperatures. Hibbing and International Falls were close behind with low temperatures of 39 degrees.
Weather column: I hope you had a great weekend despite the fact that Sunday was basically a washout as heavy rain fell across the region. Some parts of the state even saw record rainfall for that date.
Reports of one to four inches were common across much of Central and West Central Minnesota. I heard from a listener that they received more than eight inches of rainfall near the Alexandria area over the weekend.
Weather column: Fog was a problem across much of Minnesota late Sunday night into early Monday morning following the rain that we had over the weekend. Elevated dew points and light winds also all contributed to the fog problems. As a result, dense fog advisories were posted for parts of Minnesota.
A weak system pushed across Northwestern Minnesota Monday night and brought some widely scattered showers and thunderstorms to that part of the state. Overnight lows were warm with lows in the mid to upper 50s and lower 60s for much of the area.
Weather column: It had been a relatively quiet spring in regards to severe weather across the United States and particularly across the Upper Midwest. The cooler temperatures had kept the severe weather at bay, but all of that changed last week and over the weekend.
Tornadoes swept across parts of north Texas last Wednesday leaving several people dead. Up to 100 people were also injured from the twisters.
Then on Sunday, tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa. At least one person was killed in Shawnee, Oklahoma from that storm system. Tornadoes, hail, and strong thunderstorms with damaging winds also did damage across parts of the Central Plains and Upper Midwest.
We actually have a week with no snow in the forecast! We knew it had to happen sooner or later as the sun angle is getting just too high for snow to keep popping up in our forecast.
On Monday of this week we started things off with high temperatures in the 60s and even lower 70s. A few spotty showers did pop-up in the afternoon heat across mainly in Central Minnesota.