Welcome to April! It was a beautiful weekend to be outside. The robins are back and baseball, too. The alleys are blooming with broken dressers and discarded chairs.
And people were out in the warmer weather. Now, it feels like Spring--Oh, sweet 60 degrees! Yes, cooler with the lake breeze, but still a delight after a winter that seemed to last forever.
According to NOAA climate report, 2019 YTD has been the coldest since 2014. It has also been wetter than average. You can read more of the report here.
Yes, Chicago felt the effects of the plunging jet stream. We also felt the effects of wetter climate, not in snow totals, but in wintry-mix precipitation--sleet, freezing rain, rain turning to snow and snow turning to ice!
Those memories are melting away when it's sunny and 60's. But along with the warmer weather this past weekend, there was also more gun violence, and homicides.
April also brings the increased possibility of tornadoes and thunderstorms as we start the severe weather season. And winter weather isn't over, yet! Remember that bomb-cyclone blizzard last month? There's another big storm heading for Minneapolis. We will feel the effects, here, on the southern edge of the storm. Cold again, and rain.
But here today, it's a lovely day in April. Sun, and 60 degrees. The daffodils are blooming, and the light is shining through the new green leaves.
Wondering what to wear in such changing weather? You can read more here.