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1 hour ago, Sparky said:

Yeah hydrangeas are sensitive. Ours were budding out about as good as ever on account of being covered by deep snow, but the upper buds froze even though I covered them. They are nicely growing out of the bottom now though. 
I wish that convection in eastern Nebraska could maintain as it moves across Iowa, but that’s not expected. Hopefully we’ll get some heavy rain early next week.

 

A few thunder showers have kept going into Iowa so far. Hopefully it can increase a little.

‘20 - ‘21 season snowfall = 39.3”

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Don’t see this every day.. Occurred Friday in Lockett ,Texas Picture compliments of Capital Weather Gang

I know this is quite distant geographically - but I came across this pic of the St.Vincent eruption in the Carib-- a really cool pic.

Good morning from Pinetop, AZ where the elevation is about 7,200 ft.  It’s a cool, crisp 48F this morning.  Yesterday, was a very breezy day up in the mountains while in the valley it warmed into the

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ORD tied a record high yesterday of 87F before the good ol' Spring time pneumonia front swept in later in the evening around 8:00pm as temps crashed 30 degrees in about an hour.  I spoke to my sister and she said it felt like summer out there the past couple days.  Looks like a delightful weekend on tap with temps in the 70's and sunshine.  

Meantime, drum roll please...PHX officially tallied 0.01" of precip yesterday while just to the northeast across my area we managed to score about .10".  I'm not to enthusiastic about this region getting more chances of precip until the Monsoon season.  I do believe it will be a much better Monsoon season overall once we get into July.

 

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Had a thunderstorm move through quickly around 12:30-1:00 AM this early morning.  Looks like I got about 0.25".  Been a little dry lately, so that was welcome.  Forecast gets wet and possibly a little stormy Sunday night through early Tuesday with cooler weather again after a warm spell from Friday - Sunday.

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Possible tornado touch down and every road with a low-water in the area is impossible for the time being. Quite a round of storms. I don't ever sleep on severe wx after snow in April. Its as right as it gets.

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Quite dry at DSM. 1.28" for April which is only 33% of normal 3.86".  Only mowed my lawn once, usually half dozen or so most years.

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The rain has ended here and I recorded 0.04" of rain fall. It looks like there was more rain at the airport as they have reported at least 0.9" of rain. The last temperature reading at GRR was 51 with light rain falling and here at my house it is now 55 and cloudy.

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GFS sure is much more generous with rainfall in the next 7 days. 2" in Lincoln compared to barely 0.5" on the euro.

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Snowfall in Lincoln, NE:

2017-18: 21.4"  

2018-19: 55.5"   

2019-20: 17.6"   

2020-21: 49.4" 

Average: 25.9"

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I was not expecting any rain today, but a tiny cell just passed over and produced a shower with gusty wind.  Unfortunately, all it did was get everything wet, with no benefit.

season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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15 hours ago, Grizzcoat said:

Quite dry at DSM. 1.28" for April which is only 33% of normal 3.86".  Only mowed my lawn once, usually half dozen or so most years.

Yes, drought is expanding across Iowa at an unusual time of the year. More Iowa maps...https://www.weather.gov/dmx/dssdrought
I had 2.67” for April.

 

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Hello from the beaches of sunny California!  I took a road trip with the family down to Carlsbad which is just north of San Diego.  A strong ridge of HP is situated just over head and bringing some very pleasant weather along the coast.  Inland, temps are Hot and its wild to see how much the temp swings in just a matter of a few miles along the coastline.  The smell of the ocean is something I miss.  Temps are forecast to top out near 80F along the coast today and drop tomorrow and Sun into the upper 60's.  Looking forward to walking the beach later today.

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Meantime, back home, it appears ORD had its first Severe Storm warning of the season and produced picturesque double rainbows.

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I recorded just 0.12" of rain yesterday and overnight. It looks like at GRR they recorded around 0.17" of rain fall. At this time it is partly cloudy and 45 here.  This will be the driest March, April since 2005 at Grand Rapids when 1.41" fell in March and just 0.77" in April for a total of 2.18". So far (not including today) April has had 1.84" and March had 1.51" for a total of 3.35" 

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Looks like the 4th year in a row with April rainfall struggling. 2017 was the last time April had above avg rainfall, also every year since then March has been wetter than April...pretty weird. 

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Snowfall in Lincoln, NE:

2017-18: 21.4"  

2018-19: 55.5"   

2019-20: 17.6"   

2020-21: 49.4" 

Average: 25.9"

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With all the temperature ups and downs April 2021 ended up as a very near average month. The mean at Grand Rapids for April was 48.5 just +0.5 from the 30 year average of 48.0. There were a total of 13 days with a mean warmer than average and a total of 17 days with a mean below average. Some of the departures were on the extreme side with departures of +23.4 on the 7th  and -16.2 on the 21st In total there were 7 days with the mean more than 10° warmer that average and 5 days with the mean more than 10° cooler than average.  There was just 1.91” of rain fall and that was below the average of 3.35. The month had 0.3” of snow fall at GRR. While the month was dry there was a good amount of sunshine as there were only 3 cloudy days all month.

 

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On 4/29/2021 at 7:42 AM, Grizzcoat said:

Quite dry at DSM. 1.28" for April which is only 33% of normal 3.86".  Only mowed my lawn once, usually half dozen or so most years.

Its been a tale of 2 worlds.  Here near Ottumwa  I ended up with 3.2"  since Aug 2018 I can only remember  3 months substantially  below avg precip. After so many years driving  to Desmoines  and other place only to leave the dry dust for the green! 

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Monthly stats for my backyard:

Avg low: 40.5 (.7 degrees above avg)

Avg high: 65.5 (1.8 degrees above avg)

+1.3 monthly average (been above average every month since November except for February)

Min temp: 18.0 (4/1) 

Max temp: 92.7 (4/26)

Precip: 1.79" (1.17" below normal)

Snowfall: trace on the 19th

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95F right now at Spencer,IA.

 

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46 minutes ago, Grizzcoat said:

95F right now at Spencer,IA.

 

Up to 96º now.

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season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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3 hours ago, Grizzcoat said:

95F right now at Spencer,IA.

 

Just absolutely crazy that you guys in Iowa are 20 degrees warmer than I am today.

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5 hours ago, Clinton said:

Just absolutely crazy that you guys in Iowa are 20 degrees warmer than I am today.

Yeah it was warm well into Mn. I got up to 85° while northern Iowa was a little warmer. Even Tx. was cooler under clouds. I didn’t like the windy conditions whipping the tender vegetation. Top gust here was 50 mph at 1:35pm.😕

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‘20 - ‘21 season snowfall = 39.3”

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To sum it up, it was overall a warm and dry April for practically all of the GL's region...let's see nature balance out in the precip dept for the month of May.

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April temps...warmth near the GL's and W/SW just barely out- dueled the cool pool in the central and southern U.S.

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