Impressive auroras - sky show over Minnesota last night
70s today over southern Minnesota
Next rain chances move in tonight
It was a pretty good sky show last night over Minnesota. A burst of auroras lit up skies in the darkened areas Monday night, with auroras reported from Grand Portage to Fergus Falls, and from Michigan to Colorado.
Check out the amazing video from Douglas Kiesling shot near Fergus Falls, MN.
Aurora Borealis, AKA Northern Lights time-lapse video from just northwest of Fergus Falls, MN as the geomagnetic storm peaked.
Shot with a 10mm wide angle lens as the Auroras filled the sky to make it look like it was on fire.
There is still a chance for more auroras tonight, though it appears we may be dodging some clouds and showers.
Here are some good places to keep up on all things aurora borealis.
Almost like spring: 70s and more rain ahead
Today brings a mix of sun and clouds to Minnesota, and milder temps. A few bank thermometers should tickly 70 degrees in southern Minnesota today, and again tomorrow.
The next low pressure wave creates enough instability to trigger a few showers and possibly a thunderstorms overnight into Wednesday morning.
Early lilac & other blooms this year:
Our record march jump started many blooms in Minnesota this year. In fact, this is one of the earliest lilac blooms I can recall.
Historically, the first lilac blooms typically come to Minnesota in the first weeks of May. But the date of the first lilac bloom has been moving steadily up during the past several decades, according to my conversations with phenologists like long time observer Jim Gilbert.
According to dedicated observers like Jim, tracking changing bud and bloom times is one of the best ways to document climate change. The plants don't lie, they bud and bloom when conditions are right. Lilac blooms have moved as much as two weeks earlier since the late 1970s in Minnesota.
Check out "Project Budburst" for more info on what's blooming, and where.
69% of Minnesota reporting "adequate" topsoil moisture
+20% jump from last week's numbers
84% of spring wheat planted in Minnesota as of this week
17% 5 year running average
Rainy week in Minnesota:
Ah, that felt good! That's the first time in months I've been able to type the phrase "rainy week."
Widespread rainfall helped boost topsoil moisture in Minnesota last week. 69% of topsoil is now reported as "adequate" according to this week's Minnesota Crop Report. That's up from 49% last week, or a full 20%.
Some areas have picked up 2" to 3" of rainfall in the past week including.
-North Mankato 2.21"
Our record mild March in Minnesota means filed prep and planting is ahead of schedule. 84% of spring wheat is in the ground now, compared with 0% last year and 17% for the 5 year running average!
Posted at 5:22 PM on April 24, 2012
by Paul Huttner
Filed under: Astronomy
Conjunction - Bright Venus & crescent moon tonight in the western evening sky
Isolated sprinkles possible this evening
Widespread rain, lightning & thunder possible after midnight into Wednesday morning
Latest Twin Cities radar loop
88 in Williston and Dickenson ,ND Tuesday (Up in "oil boom" country)
87 in Sioux Falls Tuesday
73 at MSP Airport Tuesday
4th 70 degree day this month
8 Number of 70 degree plus days in March
70s again Wednesday in southern Minnesota
50s return cooler front Thursday into the weekend
Sky Show Tonight!
This should be a good one! We may have to dodge a few evening clouds and a stary shower, but look for brilliant Venus and the waxing crescent moon to cozy up in the western sky after sunset tonight.
Here's a great podcast on tonight's conjunction from earthsky.org.
Lightning & thunder overnight:
You may awaken to the pitter patter of rain on your roof tonight, or to a flash of lightning followed by a crack of thunder.
Low pressure rides through Minnesota overnight into early Wednesday. The system will kick off scattered showers, and a few thunderstorms.
It looks like the best window for rain and thunder will come after midnight, and probably closer to 3-6 am for the metro.
SPC does not anticipate severe weather tonight, but I wouldn't rule out some possible hail and gusty winds with a few of the storms as we head into early Wednesday.
EARLY IN THE PERIOD LOW LEVEL WARM ADVECTION WILL BE FOCUSED OVER THE UPPER MS VALLEY AHEAD OF SFC LOW OVER SWRN MN AND THIS SHOULD PROVE RESPONSIBLE FOR EARLY MORNING CONVECTION.
Enjoy the show!