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Severe Weather Awareness Week

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.


Ready for severe weather? Tornadoes?

Weather column: Next week will kick-off Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. We want to keep everyone safe this upcoming severe weather season.

The National Weather Service states that Minnesota experiences on average “40 tornadoes per year.” In 2012, for example, the NWS reported that 37 twisters touched down.


Some April Fool’s Day lows occurred April 1

Weather column: Monday, of course, was April Fool’s Day, and we were treated to a bit of a practical “joke” to start off the week around the state of Minnesota. For example, Hallock dropped to a cold low of two below zero and was the coldest location around the state. This reading was only 10 degrees shy of the record low for the community.

Meanwhile, Alexandria had a low of 10 degrees on Monday. Last year, Alexandria had a record high of 69 degrees. This year, Elbow Lake dropped to 6 degrees for their morning low on Monday. That was just 7 degrees shy of the record low of 1 below zero dating back to 1975. One year ago Elbow Lake hit 69 degrees!


Think about severe weather plan

Weather column: Severe weather awareness week takes place in Minnesota this year 

April 15-19. I know it has been hard to think about severe thunderstorms and the possibility of tornadoes when we still have all of this snow around Minnesota.

Things can change quickly this time of the year, however. As a result, it is time to start thinking about your severe weather plan. In the next few weeks I will have some tips to keep you and your family safe.


Spring arrived Wednesday, March 20

Winter is certainly going out like a lion this year as another winter storm impacted most of Minnesota Sunday night into late Monday night. Blizzard warnings, winter storm warnings, and winter weather advisories were issued all across Greater Minnesota. Two to six inches of snow fell across the area with this latest blast.

The snow wasn’t the big problem as it was the winds that caused the most difficulties. Interstate 94 was shut down Sunday night into Monday Because of dangerous conditions. Winds in excess of 50 mph were reported at times because of a very strong area of low pressure that moved across the state.

The winds finally backed down by early Tuesday morning. On the backside of that frontal boundary system, cooler and drier air arrived. Highs for the midweek will remain cooler than average.