4.5" official snowfall from our most recent storm at MSP International. Downtowns saw closer to 6".
5th snowiest winter season on record in the Twin Cities.
1983-84 the last winter we had more snow than we're having this winter.
4" on the ground as of Wednesday evening.
1.48" precipitation fell on the Twin Cities from March 22-23 (rain, ice and melted snow).
4.07" precipitation since January 1 (.94" more than average, to date).
March 29-30 (next Tuesday/Wednesday): projected NOAA crest of the Mississippi River in St. Paul (4 feet above major flood stage). Details below.
58 F. predicted high in the Twin Cities on Sunday, April 3.
May You Live In Interesting Times. An update from the local NWS office: "2010-2011 Winter Currently Ranks 5th Snowiest Of All Time For the Twin Cities. O.K. Maybe not for "all time" (who knows what was happening in 573 AD?) but since reliable modern-day records were started in 1891. "Another 4.5" of snow fell on the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport March 22 into the 23rd, pushing the seasonabl snowfall total past the 1991-1992 seasonal total and into 5th place on the all-time list. The 2010-2011 snow season is now the snowiest season since the record was set during the 1983-1984 season. The current seasonal snowfall total stands at 84.6". The average seasonal snowfall in the Twin Cities is 55.9 inches."
14.5" Hayward, WI
11.5" Osceola, WI
10" Rush City
9" Francis (Anoka county)
7.5" Breezy Point
7.1" St. Cloud
6" St. Paul
* For a complete recap of snow totals from the local Chanhassen National Weather Service click here.
Davenport (Iowa) Could See Flooding To Rival 1993 Record. An update from the Des Moines Register:
"Volunteers in Davenport are filling thousands of sandbags, workers are rushing to protect the city's signature minor league baseball park, and the mayor is warning residents of one neighborhood to be ready to leave if necessary as the city braces for a potentially historic flood. Officials in Davenport, an eastern Iowa city of 100,000 residents that hugs the Mississippi River, say the water level in coming weeks could surpass the 22.63-foot record crest in 1993, which closed downtown businesses and streets for weeks and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents. Davenport is the largest metropolitan area along the upper Mississippi without a flood wall, partly because officials and residents concerned about the cost and protecting their connection to the river have rejected the idea of building one. The city's flood-fighting strategy plans for a maximum crest of 24 feet. But a National Weather Service forecast that indicates a 50 percent chance of a record flood has left city officials scrambling to prepare for waters of 26 feet or higher."
What Can I Do to Avoid Getting Caught is This Situation?"Most flood-related deaths and injuries could be avoided if people who come upon areas covered with water followed this simple advice: Turn Around Don't Drown©.
The reason that so many people drown during flooding is because few of them realize the incredible power of water. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles. This includes pickups and SUVs.
If you come to an area that is covered with water, you will not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground under the water. This is especially true at night, when your vision is more limited.
Play it smart, play it safe. Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded road, Turn Around Don't Drown©
"What is clear is that for the 6.2 years since 2004, there have been more great earthquakes around the world than in any 6.2-year period throughout the 110-year history of seismic recordings," says Thorne Lay at the University of California."
Paul's Star Tribune Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Josh Leonard, of St. Paul, is a science teacher.