Weather: Here Comes the Sun, and I Say...By Greg Lawson and Robert Korty
With spring officially coming in thirteen days, we’re all left wondering what that pesky groundhog was talking about--spring really has seemed to come early. And though we’d be crazy to write-off winter still so early in March, a slowly approaching high pressure system will see above average temperatures through to the end of the week. The upper-level picture is full of activity, especially in the west where we have a cut-off low embedded in a deep trough. Over the Midwest, we have a broad, soaring ridge shielding that area from stormy weather. In conjunction with this ridge, the aforementioned surface high is streaming warm Gulf air up north which gave Minnesota temperatures a full 36°F (15°C) above normal yesterday.
Locally, the high will bring us warmer air today via its southwesterly flow. As it moves offshore, however, cooler Canadian air will attempt to sneak southwestward, the classic backdoor cold front, but our friendly neighborhood high won’t let it in. The whole area will be flushed later in the week (probably Thursday night) by a large system coming in from the west, but not before it brings us warm southern air. There’s potential rain that night. Otherwise, all is dandy. Enjoy the continued warmth.
Today: Mild and mostly clear. Pleasant breeze (except at the base of
the Green Building) out of the west. High of 60°F (16°C).
Tonight: Mild and partly cloudy. Continued warm breeze. Low of only
Wednesday: Perfectly mediocre. Partly cloudy. High of 54°F (12°C).
Low 40°F (4°C).
Thursday: Pick of the week. Temps into the low 60’s (16-18°C).
Potential showers in the evening. Low 45°F (7°C).
Friday and Beyond: Cooler but still above average. Partly cloudy.