Weather Hot Shot on Fri. April 26

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This post was written by Schnack on April 26, 2013

A Beautiful Spring Weekend

UPDATED at 4:00 PM

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low: 44-45. Wind: S 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: 64-67. Wind: S 5-10 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 44-47. Wind: S 5-10 mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High: near 70.

Monday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers.  High: low 70s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: mid 70s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: near 60.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High: mid 50s.

Friday: Mostly cloudy. High: low 50s.

It has been a windy day and it also has been a warmer day and that makes the wind more tolerable. The morning started out sunny while during the afternoon a few clouds have developed. Here is the visible satellite image from this afternoon.

Apr 26 latest_MSP_vis

You can see the International Space Station (ISS) this evening with a clear sky. It will appear at 9:24 pm and be visible for about 2 minutes. It will travel from the WSW to SSW about 10 degrees above the horizon.

The weather will stay dry and mild through the weekend. We are tracking the chance for a few showers Monday through Wednesday next week. Monday and Tuesday will be mild but a cold front will change that. High temperatures by the end of next week will only reach the low 50s.

The 8-14 day outlook (May 4-10) from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) indicates the cooler weather for the end of next week will stick around while the precipitation will be near normal.

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This post was written by Schnack on April 26, 2013

April 26

TodayinWeatherHistoryFrom NWS
: A strong low pressure system passed just to the north of Iowa producing strong winds gusting to as high as 59 mph at the Waterloo airport, where the visibility was reduced to zero in blowing dust.

1991: Severe weather struck Iowa and much of the midwest producing the infamous Andover, Kansas tornado. In Iowa a long-lived storm produced several tornadoes around Earling, between Denison and Wall Lake, and finally in rural areas of Dickinson County. This storm also produced golf ball size hail at Lake View and wind gusts in excess of 80 mph near Schaller. Another storm produced an F2 tornado that injured 2 people in eastern Wayne County as it tracked from Sewal to Rathbun Lake. Wind gusts to as high as 100 mph were also reported at Garner where 16 people were injured.

This Day in National/World Weather History …
 26 April 1938 → A mile wide tornado, likely an F5, swept for 25 miles through Garden County, NE. A teacher and students were outside watching the sky and saw no funnel. Suddenly the teacher’s car and a house were lifted from the ground and the school disintegrated. Three students were killed and their bodies found over a thousand feet away.
 26 April 1984 → About 70% of Morris, OK, was destroyed by an F3 tornado south of Tulsa. A 28-square-block area was heavily damaged and five people lost their lives.
 26 April 1989 → The world’s deadliest tornado killed 1300 people in Manikganj District, Bangladesh. Twelve thousand were injured.
 26 April 1991 → 200,000 were killed as a cyclone caused tremendous flooding which devastated the Bay of Bengal region of Bangladesh and India.
 26 April 1991 → An F5 multiple vortex tornado was on the ground for about 50 minutes and traveled 70 miles near the Witchita and Andover areas. 1,120 homes were destroyed, 225 people were injured, and 17 were killed. In one mobile home park 200 of the 213 residents hid from the storm in the park’s underground shelter. All 200 survived. The remaining 13, who did not seek shelter, all died. 233 of the 241 mobile homes were obliterated.


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This post was written by Schnack on April 26, 2013