27 F. average high for February 10
12 F. high temperature a year ago, on February 10, 2011.
Snow on the ground 1 year ago today:
11" Twin Cities
* all 3 metro areas reported 0" on the ground as of Friday morning.
February 21-24: models hinting at significant rain/snow (GFS). It's too early to panic (or celebrate). Details below.
"Friends are God's apology for relations." - Hugh Kingsmill
Measuring Ice. The Brainerd Dispatch has a good video covering how officials determine if the ice is safe enough. The YouTube video is here: "Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl displayed the ice thickness at 18 inches in the second hole drilled by the sheriff's office Thursday. The first hole was measured at 17 inches. After the two holes were cut, Dahl confirmed the permit to run the contest would be issued this afternoon."
Latest USA Snowcover. According toNOAA 28.4% of the USA is covered in snow, compared to last year, when 64.9% of America was snowcovered. Average snow depth now: 3" (nationwide). Average snow depth a year ago: 8.3"
Winter Snowfall Amounts (courtesy of Mark Seeley):
MSP 14.9 inches (2nd lowest total behind 1930-1931 when 14.2 inches fell)
Austin 13.2 inches (lowest since winter of 1976-1977)
Zumbrota 12.8 inches (lowest since winter of 1962-1963)
St Cloud 16.2 inches (lowest since 1967-1968)
Too Early To Celebrate (or panic). We've been down this road before, long-range models printing out phantom storms 1-2 weeks out, only to evaporate the next day, the next model run. So I shouldn't even be showing you this. But I keep few secrets, and this is what the GFS is printing out for February 23. Mark your calendars. Better yet, let's wait a few days and see if this is a true trend, or a fluke, a computer hiccup.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: Bright sun. Wind chill: 0. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 18
SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear, not quite as cold. Low: 7
Photo credit above: "The sun shines above the field of mirrors that make up the National Solar Thermal Test Facility at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. Energy Secretary Steven Chu toured the facility on Thursday before hosting a town hall with university students. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)."
Photo credit above: "HMS Foxglove was a British minesweeper that patrolled the South Pacific from 1915 to 1945. Image: Illustration by Mark Weaver. National Archives, England (ship and logbook)."