April fooling, maybe even snow

April is here, at last.  Robins have arrived. There are buds on the branches and baseball on the radio. Read more about the  weather on opening day here.

The  just-past full moon was beautiful on the night of April 1.  People called the full moon of March 31 a blue moon, but that is a quirk of our calendars.  Find out more about blue moons here.  This  is a spring moon, the first full moon after the vernal equinox.

Now, there's snow in Minnesota and rain and cold here. Like the moon, weather has its own calendar.  April can bring rain, snow and tornadoes!

Right now, it seems we're  in a battle of the seasons, snow to the north, and severe weather to the south of Chicago. The familiar pattern of a dipping jet stream is bringing the colder air of the polar vortex  to our area once again.  Hold on to your hoodies. Maybe it's a good idea to keep the snow shovels handy, too.

As you can see from the graphic above, significant late-season snow can happen here in April. Not this time, though.  Are those raindrops on swelling leaf buds?  April fool!

 

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  • This is reminding me of a couple of years ago when White Sox home games were snowed out or canceled because too cold until mid May. I can see the Cubs starting early in Miami, but the Sox starting in KC lost them one game date already.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for reading, Jack! I remember one White Sox home opener when the weather was perfect--blue sky and temps in the 60's. Those early games can be very cold, and snow. And with an extra round of playoffs, it's a long season. World Series games can go into November...

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Sox don't have to worry about that, but the 2008 World Series between Philadelphia and Tampa resulted in the rule change that in the case of rain, the game would not end as an "official game."

  • In reply to jack:

    When I think of November, I'm thinking of elections. A lot can happen between now and then. How many hurricanes? tornadoes? We'll see.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    How many tornadoes hit Coal City Illinois?

  • In reply to jack:

    On Jun 23, 2015, there were nine confirmed tornadoes. April is the start of severe weather season, but I have just found out Tom Skilling won't be hosting the Severe Weather Seminar at Fermilab this year...

  • Cold Aprils like this remind me of a rule from my mom, who was born in Indianapolis: Don't put your sweaters away until the race. For non-Hoosiers, that's the Indy 500, the day before Memorial Day. Most years lately, it's been hockey weather then anyway. Sigh.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thanks for reading! That's sound advice. And the average date for last frost in Chicago is around mid-May...

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