Happy Monday! :)



This week (22-28 April) will end on a very warm note for almost the entire U.S. with the nation as a whole trending the warmest in 10 years, 2nd warmest in 30 years and the driest in 18 years (5th driest in 30 years). A severe weather tornado outbreak possible in Texas this week.CLICK ON IMAGES FOR A LARGER VIEW.

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Next week (29 April - 5 May) will continue the warm trends but a big cool down for the West Coast. Overall the U.S. looks to trend similarly warm to last year when the weather finally started warming up after a very cold/snowy April last year; nationally this year will be 5th warmest in 30 years, wetter than last year and 10th wettest of the past 30 years.

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April year-over-year world temperature trends show the HUGE change in the U.S. going from the 2nd coldest and 2nd snowiest April in over 30 years to #5 warmest in 30 years with below average national snowfall. Europe is trending quite a bit colder than last year April.

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Year-to-date rainfall in the U.S. is the wettest in 21 years (since 1998) with the drier spots limited to the Southern Plains and the Southeast.

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This has national drought conditions at historic lows with only 14% of the U.S. with some sort of drought condition and way below the average of 46%.

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Soil moisture is ample for most of us but remains a bit dry for parts of the Southern Plains, Florida and especially Mexico. Soil temperatures have reached 50+ in most areas of the U.S. so vegetation should be growing almost everywhere except the high Rocky Mountains and New England.

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Tornadoes could be a concern in Texas this week but so far there have been 237 tornadoes nationally which is about average at this point tin the season.

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Violent F3-F5 tornadoes remain at historic lows with a downward trend since records started in the 1950s.

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Our pre-season hurricane outlook last year did exceptionally well both in terms of the number of systems but also intensity and land falling locations.

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This year we're going low in part to a moderate El Nino and dramatically warmer Pacific Ocean temperatures than last year, among other factors.

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However, we are very concerned about Southeast Florida, the Bahamas, East Cuba-Haiti this year. Possibly Bermuda later in the season.

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The little Angelina Kirk was introduced to her first red lollipop at Church this Easter and thought her red tongue was insanely funny. The things that amuse 3 year olds! :)

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Then family fun looking for Easter eggs and of course swings at the park with the much nicer Easter weekend this year than last year (See video for more).

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- Captain Kirk out.