Minnesota saw it’s first March tornado yesterday since March 19th, 2012! It’s actually pretty rare to see a tornado in Minnesota in March. Prior to yesterday, there had been only 20 other tornadoes since 1950.
Monday Storm Reports
Interestingly, the tornado reports weren’t too far away from where the significant snow/blizzard reports were found!
This was the view from Bismarck, ND where blizzard warnings were in effect. Thanks to @TruckerSamF from the picture below. Some of the highest tallies with this storm were found near Grafton, ND, where nearly 20″ of snow was reported!
Here’s a cool picture from NOAA’s GOES satellites, which show 3 very large/mature storm systems across the country. They look a little like wrapped up dragons don’t they? The satellite image from Monday showed the storm in the central part of the country, which was responsible for the tornado reports and heavy snow reports across the Upper Midwest. The storm in the western part of the country is bringing some much needed precipitation to places in the West.
Much Needed California Moisture
It was refreshing to check into the California webcams to see rain actually falling earlier Tuesday. Note the rainbow in the webcam below from UC Berkeley!
Here’s another soggy view from San Jose State University in California!
As the moisture spreads into the higher elevations, snow shows up! This was the wintry view from Yosemite National Park from earlier Tuesday.
I thought it would be nice to take a bit of an intermission and imagine ourselves at some warm beach like this one out of Clearwater Beach, FL… Ahh, that looks nice! There were a ton of people out there from midday Tuesday! Good grief!
As we head into the second half of the week, weather conditions in the central part of the country will become active once again. From severe thunderstorms to heavy snow, it appears to be an active end of the week.
Severe Threat Tuesday
Severe Threat Wednesday
Severe Threat Thursday
According to NOAA’s 3 day precipitation outlook, there a potential of nearly 2″ to 4″ of liquid across the central part of the country through AM Friday. Most of this will be in the form of rain from strong to severe thunderstorm activity, but there is also a potential for some of this to be in the form on snow on the northern flank of the precipitation shield.
The probability of at least 4″ of snow or more appears to fairly high at this point across parts of the Upper Midwest later this week… Stay tuned for more updates as this storm develops.
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