The sudden change to warm weather has some people in our area concerned that the violent weather pattern that has plagued the southern and central Great Plains the past couple of weeks might be headed our way. Actually, that pattern has faded and the weather through the central U.S. has become far less severe.
Our warmup this week actually came out of the northwest where the weather has been quite dry. An upper-level high pressure system over Alberta and Saskatchewan has been producing warm and dry conditions across the Canadian prairies and that weather has dropped southeastward into North Dakota and Minnesota.
Certainly, we must expect a few rounds of severe storms this summer. It is inevitable. However, the unusually stormy weather of the past two weeks should not be taken as a sign that our summer will be unusually stormy. The peak for severe weather across our region is during June and July, with a gradual tapering through August into early fall.