Star Date: 22 April 2016 Friday (Earth Day)

Captain's Log
Happy TGIF and happy Earth Day.

APRIL 22-28 OUTLOOK:  For the U.S. overall the week will trend 2nd warmest of the past 25 years and warmest in 7 years.  Rainfall is a tad above average and the 7th wettest of the past 25 years for the U.S. as a whole.  California looks to get another 1-3" of rain from Fresno to northern California - a tad unusual this late in the season as is the 10 to 20 degree below average temperatures in the Central Valleys.  Chance for some spotty frost in the North Central Calif valleys Tuesday the 26th.  Need to watch for a frost and light freeze event Sunday morning from SE Michigan to Eastern PA with a hard freeze for the interior Northeast.  More damage risk for early blooming fruit trees in the NE.  Another more widespread frost potential on Wednesday the 27th from SE Minnesota to Eastern PA with harder freezes for the interior.

APRIL 29 - 5 MAY OUTLOOK:  For the U.S. overall the period ranks warmest in 4 years and 4th warmest of the past 25+ years but a volatile up and down temp week. The Southwest remains cooler than average and that will spread East late in the period. Rainfall appears to be #1 wettest in 25+ years for the U.S. overall with more rain possible state wide in California and heavier 1.5" to 4.0" amounts from Arkansas into the Northeast. Some risk for a severe weather outbreak to kick off May (1-3) for the Central U.S. into the Middle Atlantic.  One more frost risk May 4th-6th from the Midwest to the Northeast.

We hope you have a great weekend folks! - Capt Kirk out.