Posted at 7:02 AM on April 28, 2009
by Craig Edwards
This morning, as I waded through the array of data from the multiple computer models, each with somewhat different grid size and physics, I pondered the early days when meteorologists waited anxiously for the fax machine to deliver information that was a general idea of what the weather maps might look like forty-eight hours from now.
Based on climate data, we know that about one out of three days is wet in this region of the country this time of year. So, if you had rain on Sunday, you're due about Wednesday, heh? Now the problem for us so-called experts, is the precise timing and the amount. For the details, as they say, stay tuned.
A frosty daybreak will enfold into a rather nice, but not warm, afternoon. East winds on the backside of high pressure will be tolerable. Sunshine will feel good on your face.
Look for rain to begin in southwest Minnesota by daybreak on Wednesday and expand northeast during the course of the day. There is some agreement in the models that there might be a precipitation minimum, cheated if you will, from Alexandria to Brainerd.
I'll leave a little wiggle room on the rainfall amounts until I see the radar light up at this time tomorrow.
Posted at 1:29 PM on April 28, 2009
by Paul Huttner
Unkown "mystery" flowers in bloom near the Huttner Weather Lab.
Where's Jim Gilbert when I need him?
For a week or two now I've been dazzled by these little blue flowers that grace the neighborhood near the Huttner Weather Lab. I've looked in wild flower field guide at Virginia Bluebells, Pasque flower, and crocus and I can't seem to get an exact ID.
I'm sure it's probably a simple answer that I can't yet find. But I know there's an expert out there who can identify these. Can you please let me know what these flowers are?
Now I know why I do the weather and not field botany. I hope you can enjoy the photo as much as I enjoy looking at them!