As we all know, the world is quite different now than a few weeks ago, or even a few days ago. Looking for good news, I thought I’d whip up a forecast where we’ll explore the next week, and look for signs of “true spring” conditions for Minneapolis/St. Paul and the rest of Minnesota.
First, here’s a look at your Twin Cities extended/7-day forecast:
So over the next seven days, especially when you know that our average high in Minneapolis is up to 40 degrees now, we don’t see a lot of signs of warmer weather.
Looking ahead, it’s unfortunately hard to find a true warm day (50+ being my gauge, at this point in the year). The American GFS long-term model has a warm surge as a ridge in the jetstream moves over the Midwest about 10 days from now:
The thing to keep in mind at day 10 of any computer model is that it likely won’t pan out as predicted, but it shows a trend… so while we may end up cooler or warmer than the map above would indicate, there’ll likely be a warm surge that *someone* gets at this point.
In the meantime, we’ll keep looking for some positive trends — but know that even when it’s 40 degrees and sunny this time of year, the sun’s intensity is on par with that you’d see on a nice September day, so get out there and enjoy it when you can!