Lows this morning ran 32-39. Any frost was confined with low-lying, sheltered, open areas out of the wind where skies cleared for the longest period of time.
Highs today ran 51-62, coolest where there was much more cloudiness in our east & northeast & warmest where sun was maximized in our west & southwest.
Lows tonight will drop to 32-37 with some patchy frost (more than last night), especially in sheltered &/or open, low-lying locations out of the wind.
Highs tomorrow should run 55-64 with partly cloudy skies.
Lows tomorrow night will run 32-44. In the northeast, winds look light with much less in the way of cloudiness. There will be thicker cloudiness in our far western & across the southwestern part of the viewing area.
Frost is expected over the northeastern part of the viewing area.
Highs of 55-63 are likely Saturday.
We just have a few windy, moisture-starved Alberta Clippers to pivot through in an overall cooler, drier pattern. This window is great for field work & corn planting!
Looks like a nice window until a week from this weekend!
A couple isolated showers are possible Saturday PM. A few showers are possible Sunday, followed by a few Tuesday & a couple Thursday. This shower action will be hit or miss & light.
A couple of nights next week will feature frost & even light freezing. Wednesday night-Thursday morning looks like the worst with lows 29-32.
Once we get beyond next Saturday-Sunday, I think we are good to plant warmer-season crops with warmer, wetter, stormy pattern settling in.
Yes, we may see a couple 36-41 nights in the May 6-11 time frame, but the near or below freezing temperatures should be over.
The April 27-May 5 looks warmer than normal with 80s returning to our area.
Multiple deep upper troughs digging into & pivoting out of the Rockies & High Plains will lead to widespread severe weather over the Plains & Midwest to upper South during this time.
This early May upper trough looks like an especially potent severe weather producer over a large area, even into the Great Lakes. It shows a negative tilt & deepness.
After the drier weather with the May 6-11 cool-down, a period of warmer, more active weather will likely return in mid-May.
So................here's your drier cooler trend in May.............the Canadian surface high would be just east of the crest of that upper ridge over Iowa, moving toward Illinois.
This is what will give us those cool days & some chilly nights.
Then we heat up with storminess. Note the deep upper trough that will lead to explosive severe weather in the Plains & parts of the Midwest & Great Lakes.
Widespread 80s to potentially even 90 may occur here with strong southwest winds as big upper ridge bulges up from the Southeast to the Midwest & New England.
After a brief cool-down with some troughiness, the main storm track will shift well to the north. Note the transition to more zonal flow with time.
Eventually, significant upper ridging should develop in the eastern U.S. with early onset of some real summer heat in late May with around 90 to the 90s possible.
That heat should emanate from the drought & bulging upper ridge from Texas to Arizona to Colorado, Nebraska & Kansas.