National Weather Service Predicting Warmer April for Minnesota
Forget those forecasts that called for snow, a new long-range forecast is calling for warmer weather for Minnesota this April.
As we all know, weather in the spring in Minnesota can give you just about ANY kind of weather there is-- warm and sunny, cold and rainy, stormy with severe weather, and, of course, a last-minute bout with Old Man Winter isn't out of the question, either.
Earlier this week, the Old Farmer's Almanac came out with their 60-day forecast for Rochester and southeast Minnesota and if you were hoping for an early spring, it wasn't the best news. (You can check it out HERE) It called for cooler temps, with one last snowstorm heading our way in mid-April. (Boo! Even if you're a fan of winter, NOBODY in Minnesota wants snow in April, am I right?!?)
Now, contrast that with this new forecast from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is the parent agency of the National Weather Service (NWS). Its new 90-day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center says here in Minnesota, there's around a 50 percent chance that our months of April, May, and June will be above normal in the temperature department.
According to the National Weather Service office in La Crosse, here in Rochester, April's average temperature is 46 degrees. In May, it's 58 degrees, while in June, it's 67 degrees. Our high temperatures lately have been in the low 50's, which is already above average, so I wouldn't be upset if that trend continued through the next 90 days as well. I remember the spring of 2012, the year we moved to Rochester-- the weather warmed up in mid-March and stayed warm, without any more snow. Could we have that again, please?
As we said, spring can bring many kinds of weather to the Land of 10,000 Lakes-- including severe weather (much like parts of the south suffered through Thursday.) Luckily, our weather has been quiet so far. But that's not always the case. Keep scrolling to check out some of the costliest weather disasters we've been through here in Minnesota and across the country.