Saturday, March 6, 2010

Frosty's Days are Numbered

It feels a little strange to see raindrops rolling down the windowpane, doesn't it? I feel like I should still be seeing light fluffy flakes floating in the street light across the way. Keep in mind that we still average 10.4" of snow during the month and had a record of 40.0" of snow back in March of 1951. St. Cloud, MN had a record of 51.7" for the month in the year 1965 - the same year as the great Mississippi and Minnesota River Flood. By the way, the 1965 Flood ties for the 5th Top Weather Event of the 20th Century in Minnesota. Read more about it here: Here are the other Top 5 Weather Events of the 20th Century in Minnesota:

The Melt is On - Poor Frosty
I fear that Frosty's days are numbered... either that or he's getting ready for some serious Limbo

I'm not a "The grass is greener on the other side" type of guy, but I have to admit that I am a little jealous of a good friend of mine who lives in Kansas City, MO. His Facebook post yesterday read: "What a ridiculously nice day... 62 degrees, birds singing, got some yard work done and some fresh air. Although it's still sopping wet, definitely time to get the fertilizer on the lawn because the bulbs are popping!" Sounds nice, doesn't it? The sun finally beat a few holes in the snow pack in my front yard, so I think it'll be a good while yet before any bulbs start popping in my flower/vegetable garden. We're getting closer though, here's some hope - Here's a list average last frost dates for selected cities across the state:

OK, OK... I guess I'm getting a little ahead myself. We still have a ways to go yet before we start planting anything outside, though, it's hard not to get antsy when all the local home improvement stores are setting up their summer gear.

More Precipitation This Week
We got brushed by this last system, but the second and more potent system will wrap up in the Midwest Tuesday and bring us some decent rainfall, which at times, may be mixed with a little freezing precipitation. Here's the weather map for Tuesday:

The Doppler is likely to get a few reps in this week. That greenish, alien looking, blob on the image above will likely make Minnesota home for a couple of days this week. A steadier/heavier rain is more likely Tuesday night into Wednesday, which could accumulate to 0.50" or so in spots. Take a look at the 5 day accumulated precipitation outlook from NOAA below. Note, the lighter blues through central and southern Minnesota, indicating 0.75" of liquid.

Good news, temperatures hover around 40 degrees for most of the week with some brighter skies possible by next weekend. I'll keep an eye on the situation, in the meantime, enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Todd's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities, and all of Minnesota

Sunday: A little icy to start, especially those sidewalks and secondary roads. Lingering clouds and maybe an afternoon sprinkle or two. High: 40

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy with patchy dense fog developing. Low: 29

Monday: Lingering clouds. High: near 43

Tuesday: Clouds thicken, light wintry mix developing. High: 42

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, light rain/snow mix possible. High: 42

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, a few sprinkles or flurries possible. High: 43

Friday: Decreasing clouds, looking better. High: 43

Saturday: Partly cloudy and warmer, feeling springy again. High: 45

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