11" snow on the ground as of Tuesday evening.
41 F. high temperature Tuesday in the Twin Cities (at exactly 12:31 pm)
34 F. average high in the Twin Cities for March 1.
17 subzero nights so far this winter.
28 average number of subzero nights during an entire winter season.
|Year||March 1 (max/min, precip, max wind speed)||March 31 (max/min, precip, max wind speed)|
|2010||38/19, 0.00", 10 mph||76/50, 0.00", 17 mph|
|2009||16/-1, 0.00", 15 mph||46/33, 0.37" (water)/0.5" (snow), 28 mph|
|2008||30/10, 0.00", 17 mph||38/29, 0.72" (water)/5.5" (snow), 26 mph|
|2007||33/24, 0.90" (water)/9" (snow), 24 mph||49/41, 0.72" (water), 21 mph|
|2006||44/31, 0.00", 23 mph||53/39, 0.05" (water), 25 mph|
|2005||23/9, 0.00", 14 mph||57/39, T (water), 23 mph|
|2004||44/38, 0.01" (water), 15 mph||48/24, 0.00", 12 mph|
|2003||42/15, T, 23 mph||56/31, T, 23 mph|
|2002||16/3, 0.00", 16 mph||35/26, T, 20 mph|
|2001||31/13, 0.00", 13 mph||42/29, 0.29" (water), 20 mph|
- The first week of the month was the coldest start to February in 5 years with above normal rain and the most snow in over 18 years as the ‘Groundhog Day’ storm impacted most of N. America. Chicago received over 20 inches of snow, its 3rd largest snow event in city history.
- Week 2 was the coldest 2nd week since 1995 and driest since 2002 but with near typical snowfall.
- Ice and winter precipitation reached the Plains and South in weeks 1 and 2. Oklahoma City, Dallas and other cities in the South experienced ice and snowfall bringing traffic and commerce to a halt for several days around Super Bowl weekend.
- A pattern change made week 3 the warmest since 1996, with the least amount of snowfall since 2004. Temperatures in interior locations trended significantly warmer from the prior week.
- Week 4 continued the warmer trend in the Southern Tier, while the Mountain and North Central regions returned to wintry weather with snow and cold temperatures.
"Nearly all of the ENSO model forecasts weaken La Niña in the coming months (Fig. 6). A majority of the models predict a return to ENSO-neutral conditions by May-June-July 2011, although some models persist a weaker La Niña into the Northern Hemisphere summer 2011. Recent trends in the observations and models do not offer many hints on which outcome is more likely. Also, model skill is historically at a minimum during the Northern Hemisphere spring (the “spring barrier”). Therefore La Niña is expected to weaken during the next several months, with ENSO-neutral or La Niña conditions equally likely during May-June 2011."
(I did not know this, neither the origin of the term "weather forecast", or the public backlash against the mere attempt to predict the weather - so severe it caused the top guy at the U.K. weather service to take his own life, and forced the British government to wait another decade before trying again. Good grief).
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota: