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May 2016 outlook

RT

April was a fairly normal month in the Twin Cities. It was cool at the beginning and end of the month, with several very warm days in between. The average temperature for the month was just six-tenths of a degree above normal. The warmest reading at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was 80 degrees, on April 16. The coldest low temperature was 20 degrees, on April 9.

Rainfall was .18 inch above normal.

The May temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service shows a tendency for above normal temperatures over Minnesota and Wisconsin:

NWS Climate Prediction Center

NWS Climate Prediction Center

Some cool days are likely in any month, but there is a tendency for the average temperature of May 2016 to be warmer than normal.

In case you’re wondering, our Twin Cities average high temperature rises from 65 degrees on May 1st to 74 degrees on the 31st.

I’m the weekend meteorologist on Minnesota Public Radio. You can hear my live weather updates at 749 am and 549 pm each Friday, and at 735 am weekend mornings. There will be additional appearances during threatening weather. You can go to mprnews.org for Updraft blog posts.

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April 2016 outlook

RT

We had a very warm March, and our Twin Cities snowfall was less than normal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The storm that dumped a foot of snow on parts of the south metro on March 23 only delivered 3.7 inches at MSP airport. Our March snowfall total at MSP airport was 5.4 inches, which is about 5 inches below our 30 year March average.

Temperatures were below normal at MSP airport on only 4 of the 31 days in March. Our average temperature for the month was 8.5 degrees above normal in the Twin Cities, making March 2016 the 5th warmest March in Twin Cities weather records that date back to 1873. The highest reading at MSP airport was 70 degrees on March 8th and March 12th, and the chilliest low temp was 13 degrees on March 2nd.

Looking ahead, the April temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service shows a slight tendency for above normal temperatures over about the southwestern half of Minnesota:

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The April outlook shows equal chances of above normal and below normal temperatures for the Twin Cities metro area.

In case you’re wondering, our Twin Cities average high temperature rises from 50 degrees on April 1st and 65 degrees on the 30th.

Announcement:

I’m now the weekend meteorologist on Minnesota Public Radio. You can hear my live weathercasts at 735 am weekend mornings, with additional appearances during threatening weather. I also do live weathercasts during the 7 am hour and the 5 pm hour on Fridays.

You can see my Updraft blog posts Friday through Sunday at mprnews.org

I’m on Twitter: @RonTrenda and LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rontrenda

March 2016 outlook

RT  February was fairly mild this year. Temperatures were below normal at MSP airport on only 7 of the 29 days. Our average temperature for the month was 4 degrees above normal in the Twin Cities. The highest reading at MSP airport was 58 degrees on February 27th, and the chilliest low temp was 6 below zero on the 13th. 12.1 inches of snow were measured at MSP airport, which is about 4.4 inches above normal.

Looking ahead, the March temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service shows a tendency for above normal temperatures over Minnesota and Wisconsin:

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Some cool days are likely, but there is a tendency for the average temperature of the entire month to be milder than normal.

In case you’re wondering, our Twin Cities average high temperature rises from 34 degrees on March 1st and 49 degrees on the 31st.

Announcement:

I’m now the weekend meteorologist on Minnesota Public Radio. You can hear my live weathercasts during the 7am hour on weekends, with addition appearances during threatening weather. You can also see my weekend Updraft blog posts at mprnews.org

 

I’m on Twitter: @RonTrenda and LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rontrenda

February 2016 outlook

RT  We saw a couple of cold stretches in January 2016, but temperatures were above normal at MSP airport on 21 out of 31 days. Our average temperature for the month was 2 degrees above normal in the Twin Cities. The highest reading at MSP airport was 43 degrees on January 30th, and the chilliest low temp was 14 below zero on the 17th. Only 4.1 inches of snow were measured at MSP airport, which is about 8 inches below normal.

Looking ahead, the February temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service shows a tendency for above normal temperatures over Minnesota and Wisconsin:

feb16temp

In case your are wondering, our Twin Cities average high temperature rises from 25 degrees on February 1st and 34 degrees on the 29th.

I’m on Twitter: @RonTrenda and LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rontrenda

January 2016 outlook

RT  December was another unusually mild month. Temps were warmer than normal on the first 17 days of December at MSP airport, and our average temperature for the month was 10.5 degrees above normal in the Twin Cities. The highest reading at MSP airport was 47 degrees on December 9th and 10th, and the chilliest low temp was 7 degrees on December 31st. It was the third warmest December in Twin Cities history, and 9.5 inches of snow were measured at MSP airport.

Looking ahead, the January temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service shows a slight tendency for above normal temperatures over Minnesota and Wisconsin:

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The outlook doesn’t mean that every day is expected to be milder than normal…it is the average temp for the entire month that shows a slight tendency to be above normal.

Our Twin Cities average high temperature changes very little during the month of January. It is 24 degrees on January 1st and 25 degrees on the 31st.

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December 2015 outlook

RT  It was a warm and enjoyable November. Temps were warmer than normal on the first 19 days of November at MSP airport, and our average temperature for the month was 7.6 degrees above normal in the Twin Cities. The highest reading at MSP airport was 71 degrees on November 3rd, and the chilliest low temp was 14 degrees on November 28th. It was the fourth warmest November in Twin Cities history, and it was also the sixth wettest.

Looking ahead, the December temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service shows a strong tendency for above normal temperatures over Minnesota and Wisconsin:

dec15temp

In case you are wondering, our average high temperature in the Twin Cities drops from 32 degrees on December 1st to 24 degrees on December 31st.

I’m on Twitter: @RonTrenda and LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rontrenda

November 2015 outlook

RT  October was generally gorgeous, and was warmer than normal in the Twin Cities. Our rainfall was slightly above normal. We saw warmer than normal temps on 21 of the 31 days at MSP airport. The highest reading was 85 degrees October 11th. The chilliest low temp was 31 degrees on October 17th. Our average temperature for the month was 3.2 degrees above normal in the Twin Cities.

Looking ahead, the November temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service shows a tendency for above normal temperatures over Minnesota and Wisconsin:

Nov15temp  In case you are wondering, our average high temperature in the Twin Cities drops from 50 degrees on November 1st to 33 degrees on November 30th.

I’m on Twitter: @RonTrenda and LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rontrenda