This week is Severe Weather Awareness week!

Day 1: Thunderstorms, Hail, Straight-Line Winds, Lightning
Day 2: Severe Weather Warnings
Day 3: Floods, Flash Floods
Day 4: Tornadoes
Day 5: Heat

Here’s a link to the Day 1 topic — Thunderstorms, Hail, Straight-Line Winds and Lightning.

The 10 year average — Minnesota sees 272 severe weather reports (either high winds, hail or tornadoes)

In 2008 there were 43 tornadoes in Minnesota with the closets tornado to St. Cloud occurring in Sherburne County.

**The earliest verified tornado in Minnesota occurred on March 18, 1968, north of Truman, and the latest in any year on November 16, 1931, east of Maple Plain.
**Historically and statistically, June is the month of greatest frequency with July not far behind. May has the third greatest frequency, followed closely by August. Nearly 3/4 of all tornadoes in Minnesota have occurred during the three months of May (16%), June (34%), and July (26%)
(**Source: Minnesota Climatology Working Group)

Here’s a link to the rest of their write up on tornadoes (Very informative!).

Looking ahead — Warmer weather is on the way for mid-week… I think you’ll enjoy it! It is likely that we’ll see temperatures warm back to late May-ish levels/70’s. Our weather turns a little sour by the weekend with showers and thunderstorms as early as Friday? I’ll keep watching the maps and keep you posted, in the meantime, poke around the weather page — enjoy your time here! We’re constantly updating the weather forecasts with interesting weather facts and tidbits! I am confident you’ll come back each day to check it out!

Have a good Monday!

— Todd Nelson (Filling in for Paul Douglas while he’s in Las Vegas, working diligently on new things that will change the way you and I watch our TV’s)

Weather Headlines

• Today: Breezy, cool and cloudy with scattered light or rain showers.
• Feels like temperatures in the 40’s will be appropriate for heavier jackets/rain slickers.
• Breezy through Tuesday, but more sun and moderating temperatures!
• 70s likely by midweek
• Scattered showers/T-storms possible this weekend
• Severe Weather Awareness week is this week (April 20th-24th)!!
• Tornado Drill set this Thursday statewide at 1:45pm, with the exception of far NW MN because of flooding concerns

Todd’s Forecast

Monday: Mostly cloudy, breezy and cool enough for ‘heavier’ jackets. Scattered light rain showers through early afternoon giving way to peeks of sunshine late. High: 48

Tuesday: Sunnier and milder, still breezy — Temperatures closer to average High: 58

Wednesday: More sunshine, Feeling much warmer with lighter winds High: 68

Thursday: Warmest day of the week, late May-ish weather! High: 75

Friday: Unsettled, still mild. Isolated showers/T-storm late? High: 70

Saturday: Shower/afternoon storm. High: 66

Sunday: Isolated showers/storms possible again by PM. High: 62

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