16.1" February snowfall at MSP.
10.5" average snowfall for March.
0" amount of snow that fell in March, 2010.
11" snow on the ground at MSP.
Weather Synopsis for people in a hurry: we warm up into the mid 30s today; tomorrow will feel like mid January (but the sun will be out). The next chance of accumulating snow comes Thursday, when a "few inches" may fall, possibly enough to shovel and plow. Quiet weather returns for Friday and Saturday, a light coating of snow Sunday, and a potential for a significant snowfall next Monday and Tuesday as a storm tracks from Oklahoma to Chicago. Another cold slap returns the end of next week - an extended thaw may kick in after March 13 or 14. But as you'll see below, this March will IN NO WAY resemble March of 2010.
A Snowless March. Do you remember how amazing March, 2010 was? No snow - there may have been a few flakes, but no official accumulation in the Twin Cities. Highs topped 60 by mid month, mid 70s by the end of March! It was a fast-foward spring last March. Somehow I don't think we'll be quite as lucky this year.
A Surprising Statistic. This stat really surprised me: Tennessee the deadliest state in the USA for tornadoes? I would have thought it would be Oklahoma or Kansas, or even Texas. One problem: many of the twisters that touch down on Tennesse arrive during the nighttime hours. Hilly terrain makes it much harder for storm chasers to track tornadoes. I also think the local population isn't as "tornado-aware" as locals living on the Great Plains, in the traditional heart of Tornado Alley.
Signs of Spring. The Gold Package from Ham Weather shows (interactive) storm reports. Over the last 24 hours there have been nearly 100 reports of high winds, tornadoes and severe flooding from Illionis to Georgia and the Dakotas.
Snow Water Equivalent. This is one (of many) factors that have hydrologists, river forecasters, so concerned. Soil moisture is in the 99 percentile (as wet as it ever gets). And based on experimental NOAA products there is 2-4" of liquid water in the snow across most of the metro, but closer to 4-6" from parts of Scott and Dakota county westward to Hutchinson and Glencoe.
UPDATE: The infographic is officially on the PBS site now: http://www.pbs.org/about/save-pbs/
What Are The World's Worst Dictators Most Scared Of? Simple question. Easy answer: the Internet. Facebook. Twitter. Their people actually connecting with other people and sharing their gripes, grievances, and hopes. More from Gizmodo here.
A Brisk Monday. Under a brilliant sun (with a sun angle as high in the southern sky as it was back on October October 12) the mercury only reached 25 in the Twin Cities, 22 at St. Cloud and 18 in Alexandria. Why was International Falls warmer at 30 F? Probably the presence of so many pine trees nearby. Pine trees are darker, they don't reflect as much sunlight back into space. This lower "albedo" means more warming - temperatures in the North Woods are often warmer during late winter on a bright, sunny day.
Severe Clear. NASA's MODIS "Terra" satellite in low-orbit across the USA captured a crystal-clear shot of Minnesota Monday. You can clearly see the darker shading to the landscape over northern Minnesota, pine trees appear darker from space - lower albedo absorbing more warmth from the suun, keeping temperatures a few degrees warmer.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota: