Trace of snow so far in February
8.2" average February snowfall at MSP.
10.4" average March snowfall at MSP.
3.1" average April snowfall at MSP.
73% odds of getting smacked if you mention the April snow statistics in a public place. Keep this between us. And realize that even if/when it snows in March or April, it's gone within 12-24 hours.
37 days/row below 32 F. in the Twin Cities (the last time we experienced a true thaw was back on December 29).
66 days/row below 32 F. - the modern-day record in the Twin Cities, according to Pete Boulay at the MN State Climate Office. Details here.
* At 10 am Thursday it was warmer in Fairbanks, Alaska (13 F) than it was in Oklahoma City (7 F).
(I can't remember a storm where heavy snow, the result of strong upward motion, was accompanied by hail, which is triggered by violent updrafts within embedded thunderstorm updrafts). Amazing.
Storm Totals. Widening out the view gives you even more respect for the sheer volume of snow that was dropped on the Midwest and Great Lakes, a huge swath of 1-2 foot amounts, whipped into 5-10 foot drifts. Map courtesy of the Iowa State Agronomy Department - get a closer look here.
Megastorm of Feb. 1, 2011. Why No Tornado Outbreak? From meteorologist and severe storm specialist Jon Davies' blog: "The big storm on Feb. 1st that affected much of the central U.S. and Midwest with blizzard conditions and massive snow (see photo above of snow shoveling pile at my house N of Kansas City) was quite a news maker, with several deaths blamed on the dangerous conditions. Often, such strong winter systems (in this case, an intense negative tilt wave moving northeastward out of a large trough, see 500 mb chart above) plow up enough moisture, wind shear and lift to generate an outbreak of tornadoes somewhere in the southern U.S. near the Gulf coast. I heard meteorologists on TV mention the "T" word as a possibility in the Deep South several times as this storm intensified. But so far, only 3 weak/brief tornadoes have been reported where several tornado watches were issued. Why the lack of tornadoes on the south end of this intense system?"
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota: