- Falling upon a mostly frozen landscape, only a portion of the weekly precipitation will enter the soil profile. Soil moisture content in many Minnesota counties was 4-6" short of the end-of-season historical average. This is a lot of ground to make up. Winter precipitation alone can't rescue us. We remain very dependent on abundant early-spring rainfall.
- The storm provided only a glancing blow to northwest Minnesota and the southern tier of Minnesota counties, two areas of MInnesota in the Extreme Drought category.
- If we can retain this snow cover through the heart of winter, the insulating effect of the snow will keep frost depths shallow. A shallow frost leaves the ground quicer in the late-winter, thus leaving the soils more receptive to infiltration (from rain) in the early spring.
- I see that the CPC long-range outlooks (6 to 10 day, 8 to 14 day) tilt towards above-normal precipitation. Will our high-albedo landscape set up a baroclinic zone and thus impact the storm tracks? I'll defer to you synopticians.
Greg Spoden, State Climatologist
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Division of Ecological and Water Resources
* Climate Prediction Center 8-14 day precipitation outlook above courtesy of Ham Weather. Thanks Greg.
Thanks Dean! I needed that. See for yourself at this web site (plug in Minneapolis and you can get a custom calendar with astronomical information for any month). Sunset today is 4:32 pm. By the end of December sunset is 4:41.
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|INTERNATIONAL FALLS||100%||73%||53%||EAU CLAIRE||87%||33%||17%|
|REDWOOD FALLS||62%||27%||8%||LA CROSSE||66%||28%||10%|
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Nippy. Yesterday may have been one of the 2 or 3 coldest days of December - just a hunch. It sure did look and feel like winter, with a "high" of 2 F. at Redwood Falls, after waking up to -10. St. Cloud has 10" of snow on the ground, with 14" at Eau Claire.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TUESDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, not quite as cold. Low: 17
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