Wednesday, April 25, 2012

April showers brings May…?

The second half of April, as you have noticed, has been quite wet.  Dry, sunny weekends that we became accustomed to turned rainy and dreary.  This moisture had been much needed however as drought conditions are still considered “severe”, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, across much of southern Minnesota.  In the Twin Cities, we have picked up 2.69 inches of precipitation this month (no measurable snow recorded).


Over the last 14 days, much of the state has also picked up precipitation to quench the thirsty lawns and lower the fire danger.  Many locations have seen two to five inches of water.  We have received the necessary relief that on Friday, April 27th, the Minnesota DNR is lifting burning restrictions for 13 counties around the Twin Cities metro and central Minnesota.


Thus far for the year, we are now above average for precipitation with 6.16 inches in the Twin Cities.


What will May have in store?  We will be entering a different climate pattern perhaps as La Niña is expected to be gone by the end of the month.  With hints of a wetter pattern as La Niña slowly fades, will the trend continue into next month?


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