Sunshine is a great way to start a Monday, especially with a weekend that was as gloomy as ours was. Impressive rainfall was recorded the past few days with many observing sites already receiving above normal rain for the month. WeatherNation TV Meteorologist Bryan Karrick received over 3.6″ at his house in Cologne!
The heaviest rain fell over central and southern MN. The Minneapolis International Airport received 2.31″ while the St. Paul Airport received 1.87″. Other notable totals include:
Murphy-Hanrehan (observed near Prior Lake)- 2.72″
It’s a great time to be a meteorologist. A lot of (extreme) weather events have occurred just within the last year. From the Joplin tornado to the record-setting warm March it seems like the weather has been getting weirder. Or has it? I tend to lean more toward a cyclic atmosphere. Climatology tells us that extended periods of warm/dry and hot/cold have happened before. The Little Ice Age, for example, was a period of unusually cold weather extending across the globe. Climatology goes back hundreds, thousand even millions of years and to get a good idea of the climate for a particular location data needs to be collected for at least 30 years. Weather, on the other hand, is the day to day variation of conditions. Both climate and weather can, however, be effected by the Earth’s orbit, volcanic eruptions, solar cycles, ocean currents, etc. The Earth has been getting warmer, there’s no doubt about that, but to what extend do humans have an impact? I’m not 100% convinced in human-induced global warming.
Clouds increase again Tuesday with a chance of thunderstorms. Warming into the 70s by Thursday with another shot at rain Friday. The weekend will be dry…for once.