4/16/15: Weekend Thoughts

A few spotty showers overnight, but most locations that did record some moisture it amounted to a trace or a few hundredths of an inch.  A better threat of rain (snow) will come this weekend.  A storm system will come in from the desert southwest, through Colorado and then into Minnesota.  This would place the eastern one-half of North Dakota in the northwest quadrant of the storm which is the ideal location for a steady light rain event that could last for several hours.

Sunday 7:00 AM Surface Map and Precipitation
Sunday 7:00 AM Surface Map and Precipitation

The rain looks to be the only rainfall of consequence many locations will record for the entire month of April as it has rain little so far this month and after this weekend, little if any precipitation is foreseen for the rest of the month of April.  The storm system will pull in some cool air from Canada, enough so, that some snowflakes may appear on Sunday night into Monday morning.

Monday 1:00 PM Surface Analysis and Precip
Monday 1:00 PM Surface Analysis and Precip

Once the low moves away next week looks much cooler,  temperatures appear to be averaging 5° to 10° below average most of next week.   Although, above average temperatures are likely to return as we move into May.

5 Day Temperature Anomaly For April 21 through April 26
5 Day Temperature Anomaly For April 21 through April 26

 

Daryl Ritchison