82.7" seasonal snowfall in Duluth.
78.2" seasonal snowfall at International Falls.
* Rain later today and tonight, another (heavier) rain event Sunday, possibly ending as a rain/snow mix on Monday.
* Highs near 50 Saturday (dry for Conservation Minnesota bike ride, part of the St. Paul Legacy Weekend) - string of 50s possible the end of next week.
Date of Last Reported Snow in the Twin Cities (trace or more).
2010: Feb. 23
2009: April 5
2008: April 27
2007: April 12
2006: March 24
2005: May 2
"PASADENA, Calif.—If you're sitting on a bench in New York City's Central Park in winter, you're probably freezing. After all, the average temperature in January is 32 degrees Fahrenheit. But if you were just across the pond in Porto, Portugal, which shares New York's latitude, you'd be much warmer—the average temperature is a balmy 48 degrees Fahrenheit Throughout northern Europe, average winter temperatures are at least 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than similar latitudes on the northeastern coast of the United States and the eastern coast of Canada. The same phenomenon happens over the Pacific, where winters on the northeastern coast of Asia are colder than in the Pacific Northwest. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have now found a mechanism that helps explain these chillier winters—and the culprit is warm water off the eastern coasts of these continents."
NASA's TRMM Satellite Sees Deadly Rainfall Over Thailand. Here's another example of how "remote sensing", in this low-orbit satellites, are making a huge difference spotting major weather events in areas where surface data (airport observations) are relatively sparse and unreliable. Here's a recent story from NASA: "Data from NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite was used to create a rainfall map of the severe rains that fell in Thailand recently. More than 20 people have been killed in southern Thailand over the past week due to flooding and mudslides caused by extremely heavy rainfall. TRMM is a satellite managed by both NASA and the Japanese Space Agency, JAXA. It is a unique satellite because its advanced technology enables it to measure rainfall from space. A Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) analysis was made using data that were calibrated with TRMM precipitation data. These data are calculated and stored at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. and are available within a few hours after being received by satellites. The analysis showed that rainfall for the past week over the Malay Peninsula was particularly extreme with totals of almost 1200 mm (~47 inches)."
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Paul's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota: