4.3" fell Monday in the Twin Cities (up until 7 pm).
16.6" snow for January (3.1" above average).
13" snow on the ground as of Monday evening.
3.1" January of 2010.
2,100 miles: length of the projected area expected to see a foot of more of snow (from Oklahoma to Massachusetts).
105 million: number of Americans estimated to be impacted by a "plowable" snowfall and/or severe ice.
"3 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW WATER EQUIVALENT IS IN THE CURRENT SNOWPACK ACROSS THE AREA. THIS RESULTS IN A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF WEIGHT PER SQUARE FOOT. NOW IS THE TIME FOR RESIDENTS AND BUILDING OWNERS TO TAKE PREVENTATIVE ACTION TO SAFELY REMOVE SNOW FROM FLAT ROOF TOPS/DECKS ETC." -- NWS Area Discussion
"This is the first calender month since at least 1997 that the temp has failed to rise above freezing. The highest temp of the month was 32 in the wee hours of Jan. 29th. I only checked back to 1997, so I am not sure when the most recent month of entirely freezing or below weather occurred. This is interesting because the month of Jan. 2011 as a whole has been only about 1.5 deg below the 30-year normal."
(For the record: WeatherNation has 3 amazing, certified, degreed on-air meteorologists, Kristin Clark, Susie Martin and Gretchen Mishek).
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
"Water flowing into the Arctic Ocean from the North Atlantic is the warmest it's been in at least 2,000 years, reports a new international study that's bad news for climate change as well as polar bears needing sea ice for survival. Waters of the Fram Strait, which runs between Greenland and the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, have warmed about 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit over the past 100 years, according to the study published in the Jan. 28 issue of the journal Science. Temperatures are about 2.5 degrees higher than during the Medieval Warm Period, a time of elevated warmth from A.D. 900 to 1300. "Such a warming of the Atlantic water in the Fram Strait is significantly different from all climate variations in the last 2,000 years," study lead author Robert Spielhagen of the Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Literature in Mainz, Germany, said in announcing the findings."
"The day after President Obama delivered his second State of the Union address last week, dozens of Web sites turned it into a “word cloud,” graphically showing the relative frequency with which particular words appeared. One such cloud-seeding Web site was none other than www.whitehouse.gov, where, as a chirpy White House blogger helpfully pointed out, “words like ‘jobs,’ ‘people,’ ‘America’ and ‘new’ show up often. It’s not a scientific measurement, but the visualization gives a sense of the President’s priorities.” Among the words that do not show up in the clouds, or in the text, are “unemployment,” “inequality,” “gun,” “environment,” “Israel,” “Palestine,” and “Guantánamo.” Their absence, which was more art than science, gives a sense of the President’s problems. These were not the most conspicuous omissions, however. “Change” made the cut (five mentions), and so did “global” (one mention, in the phrase “global trade talks”). But “climate” was nowhere to be found. Neither was “warming.”