37 F. average high on March 8.
39 F. high on March 8, 2013.
16" snow on the ground.
40s likely today and Monday, again later this week.
50+ by Tuesday of next week?
I set my clock ahead one hour last night. Now I'd like to set my calendar ahead one month. Mid April. Yes, frantic calls with my tax accountant, maybe a stray flood warning or premature mosquito to swat?
I can't promise spring fever, but for the first time in nearly 4 months you'll be able to exhale as highs SOAR into the 40s. Birds may chirp hopefully, neighbors emerging from deep hibernation, rubbing their eyes nervously, peeling off a few extra layers of clothing.
Last year it snowed in May; this winter was far colder, turning highways into ice-encrusted ruts of torment. A brewing El Nino (52 percent risk) may tilt the odds slightly in favor of warmer weather later in 2014 and possibly ease the drought for California. Expect more volatility.
But today a sun-kissed airmass direct from Seattle lures the mercury above 40F; mid 40s and an unusual number of smiles for a Monday - give way to cooler weather by midweek. A Tuesday storm may brush southern Minnesota with wet snow; it doesn't look like a big deal right now.
Look at the bright side: no subzero lows in sight, and NOAA predicts an end to our moderate drought. I just want the glacier in my yard to melt.
Any day now.
- In a warming world, a larger fraction of total precipitation falls in downpours, which means a larger fraction is lost to storm runoff (as opposed to being absorbed in soil).
- In mountain regions that are warming, as most are, a larger fraction of precipitation falls as rain rather than as snow, which means lower stream flows in spring and summer.
- What snowpack there is melts earlier in a warming world, further reducing flows later in the year.
- Where temperatures are higher, losses of water from soil and reservoirs due to evaporation are likewise higher than they would otherwise be..."
Photo credit: "Vehicles clog a highway during a hazy day in Beijing at the end of February." Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP
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4. George W. Bush: 1,206
5. Al Gore: 1,355
6. Scarlett Johansson: 1,080
TODAY: Partly sunny, breezy, much nicer. Winds: SW 15. High: 43
SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, patchy fog. Low: 36
MONDAY: Hints of early April. Patchy clouds & fog. High: 46
TUESDAY: Chance of snow southern Minnesota. Wake-up: 32. High: 36
WEDNESDAY: Sun returns, light winds. Wake-up: 24. High: 34
THURSDAY: Intervals of sun, quite pleasant. Wake-up: 28. High: 43
FRIDAY: Some sun, a bit cooler. Wake-up: 30. High: 41
SATURDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, still quiet. Wake-up: 26. High: 38