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!