Lightning, Hail, Rotation in a storm… in April.

In Uncategorized on April 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Last night, on my way home from a week+ away, my flight was diverted from landing at Minneapolis to Duluth because there was a rather nasty storm that was hanging out over the airport.

We hung out about 80 miles Southeast of MSP for about 25-30 minutes, and I can tell you that the storm was really quite beautiful from the air, though on more than one occasion I did wonder what would happen if lightning were to strike the aircraft.

We hit our bingo point after about 30 minutes, hence the need to divert to Duluth to refuel, and finally arrived at MSP at about 2:15am.

I note all this not because of my travel experience. It was actually quite lovely, and there's another blog that needs to be written about transformation, optimism, and internal framing. I note this because of this:

My flight was diverted to Duluth last night because there was a severe storm, in St. Paul, MN, on April 2nd, that included high winds, hail, and some potential rotation ie possible baby tornado. This is par for the course in June and July – the time of year when I try to avoid evening arrivals for precisely this reason.

Last night wasn't June or July. It is April.

Most years since moving here 10 years ago, we've had a snowstorm in late April. It melts quickly, but it always feels like nature's way of saying that Winter will release its grip on us when it's good and ready. This year? Not so much.

It's difficult to have weather like we had last night and not realize that something in our weather patterns is rather different, and that the difference is actually not a good thing.

Let's fix this. Okay?