37 F.average high for March 8.
39 F. high temperature a year ago; March 8, 2011.
2/10ths of an inch of snow fell yesterday at KMSP.
.01" precipitation yesterday.
2.23" actual precipitation since January 1 in the Twin Cities.
2.08" normal precipitation since January 1. Source: NOAA.
Minnesota Auto Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center - going on through March 18.
Spring Parade of Homes continues through April 1. 306 new homes to tour, including Don Shelby's new pad.
Music To Your Ears. If you're a fan of spring you'll want to stick around for a sneak peak at next week's forecast. If you like new (local) music with an attitude, scroll down to hear more about "The Lost Wheels" and where you can check them out.
64 F. at Worcester, Massachusetts on Thursday, tying the record last set in 1987.
800 high temperature records, 1,200 records for warmest low temperatures in February across lower 48 states.
200 record cold temperatures in February. Source: Climate Central.
4th warmest winter on record, warmest since 2000.
1992, 1999, 2000, 2012: warmest winters on record for the USA. Source: NOAA.
La Nina cooling phase of Pacific Ocean water expected to gradually weaken into late spring. More details from NOAA. Image above courtesy of NASA's Earth Observatory.
* 10 Deadliest Tornadoes In U.S. History. Time Magazine has a good overview of America's most catastrophic tornadoes here.
Photo credit above: "(Blank Headline Received) (ERIC THAYER, REUTERS / March 6, 2012)."
Photo credit: "NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped this photo of a dust devil on the Red Planet on Feb.16,2012. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona."
"A good friend is cheaper than therapy." - author unknown
We're excited to see the northern lights tonight! What time should we watch for them tonight the solar storm? And, what direction should we face - north east? north west? straight north?
Thank you for any information!
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"When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target." - George Fisher
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: Bright sun, light winds. Winds: S 5-10. High: 41
FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear skies - possible Aurora Borealis (no way to know in advance, but worth a look). Low: 36
* Long-range guidance is hinting at more humidity, clouds and even a few showers and T-showers next Friday and Saturday (St. Patrick's Day) with highs ranging from 67-73 F. That would be almost 25-30 degrees above average.
The Freak Weather That Won't Be Denied. The story from emagazine.com: "These are trying times in Pendleton Harbor, Texas. During what government scientists say is the worst drought since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, the water level in Toledo Bend Lake has sunk to its lowest level since it opened in 1969, leaving this subdivision, built on its manmade shores, high and dry. “Where you once were able to drive your boat, you can now mow the grass,” says John Miller, a former park ranger who retired to this relatively verdant spot on the Texas-Louisiana border with his wife Rita five years ago. The couple began visiting the area as the Toledo Bend hydroelectric dam was built half a century ago, a process that created the South’s largest lake and more than 1,000 miles of shoreline filled with rustic cabins, mobile homes and ample fishing."
Photo credit above: "Snow covers tornado damaged homes and the belongs of the victims in the small community of Henryville, Indiana, March 5, 2012. Calm weather gave dazed residents of storm-wracked towns a respite early on Sunday as they dug out from a chain of tornadoes that cut a swath of destruction from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: REUTERS/John Sommers II."
- Dr. Jon Foley, Director of The Institute of the Environment at the University of Minnesota, as quoted in a recent blog post at Andrew Revkin's Dot Earth Column at The New York Times.