1. Winds have gusted 33-49 mph today.
2. Highs today reached 69-75. This is a bump up from the forecast of 66-73 due to lack of thicker cirrostratus cloudiness midday to early afternoon, which gave is a bit of a temperature boost.
3. Showers with 0.25" or less of rainfall late this evening tonight with windy (gusts to 37 mph), colder conditions. Lows 32-41 as skies clear pre-dawn northwest to southeast. Wind chills 20-30.
4. Windy, colder Wednesday. Partly-mostly cloudy with highs 41-50. Northwest gusts to 35 mph. Wind chills 20 AM, 30s to 40 PM.
5. 28-34 (coldest southwest actually) with clouds (especially northeast) & a few lake effect & shortwave flurries & snow showers later tomorrow night (especially north & northeast counties)
6. Few flurries to snow showers possible Thursday AM, then mostly cloudy, but more sun southwest part of viewing area. Highs of 38-47 expected.
Northwest winds 20-40 mph, so wind chills 20s to upper 30s.
7. Frost & freezing Thursday night-Friday AM.....blooming magnolias may be burned. Some unfurling tuliptree leaves may be burned, but everything else fine. Vegetation effect mentioned would tend to be in southwestern half of area where vegetation is farther along (up to two weeks ahead of schedule).
Lettuce, carrots, onions & those type of cool-season garden crops are fine, as are broccoli & cabbage transplants, but everything else like any early tomato plants out will be killed.
Lows of 24-27 expected. Warmest north due to some moderating effect from Lake Michigan & Lake Michigan cloudiness.
9. Sunny, nice warm-up Friday with 50-57 & only 35-42 Friday night.
10. GREAT WEEKEND! 67-72 Saturday, 72-77 Sunday. Lots of sunshine. 40s to 50s at night.
11. Monday GREAT! Windy, 75-80...........Tuesday GREAT! More cloudiness, but 77-82 & windy. Warm nights 50s to 60s.
12. Some severe weather risk Minnesota to Oklahoma Tuesday, but by the time the showers & storms get here Wednesday (right now) instability will have waned & main dynamics & cold pocket should have by-passed us to the northwest.
So, scattered showers & storms Wednesday midday-PM, but took out any isolated severe risk for now.
Front comes back north as warm front Thursday with highs 63-75. Some scattered showers & storms are expected.
13. Warm next Friday with 77-82 with showers & storms setting up north of the viewing area.
14. Late April 9-15 looks more active with periods of showers/storms, some severe weather risk & lots of warmth.
15. Watch for a round or two of frost & light freezing (28-32) April 16-25 time frame with drier regime. A couple Alberta Clippers are possible. Farmers may be able to get into the field & get some early work & planting done on better-drained soils.
16. April 26-May 5 looks pretty active with showers/storms off & on with locally-heavy rainfall & severe weather risk at times. Temperatures look above normal.
17. Vegetation should continue to progress a good two weeks ahead of schedule.
18. In fact, very end of April looks downright summer-like with mid to upper 80s possibly, but we could see some pretty widespread severe weather here April 27-30, per analog analysis.
19. Cold snap expected May 6-10 with lows 36-41 with "Black Locust Winter". They should bloom earlier than normal this year. We just might squeeze in a day or two of some farm field work amidst the wetter regime as cooler, dry northwest to north to northeast, then east winds & sunshine will dry soils.
20. At this point, early half of May still looks wetter than latter half. This is a good planting window for farmers.
21. Early onset of 90 to the 90s heat expected in May.
20. June 2021 may end up as in the top 7 hottest on record back to 1879. 100 to 100s are likely (first since 2012).
21. June looks drier than normal with drought developing.
22. MCSs, derechos may be saving grace for rainfall in July in overall very hot, drought pattern like 2012 with some "Ring of Fire" at times. We will monitor. As long as the storms are not strong enough to snap corn or knock it down, these will be beneficial.
23. 100 to 100s are likely in July.
24. More 100 to 100s are likely in August with hot, dry pattern. We will watch tropics for help with rainfall from tropical systems. We will continue to watch that MCS/derecho "Ring of Fire" pattern.
25. September-October look overall warmer & drier than normal with drought risk continuing.
26. November continues to look colder & wetter than normal.
27. December looks warmer & wetter than normal.