29 F. high in the Twin Cities Saturday.
27 F. average high for February 9 (up from 23 F. in mid-January).
38 F. high on February 9, 2012.
27.1" snowfall at KMSP so far this winter season.
36.4" normal snowfall as of February 9.
5" snow on the ground in the Twin Cities.
2-4" slushy snow (mixed with rain and ice at times) for the metro today. 6" central Minnesota, maybe 8-10" far western counties.
* ECMWF (European) forecast map valid midday today courtesy of WSI, showing a sloppy storm centered near Omaha, tracking northeast.
* photo above showing 6 foot drifts in Glenburn, Maine - courtesy of Angie Whittington and WeatherNation TV.
Photo credit above: "Snow blankets Boston on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Heavier winter storms fit a pattern predicted by climate scientists as the world warms." Photo by Christopher Petroff/flickr.
Graphic credit above: "Observed record ratio (the increase in the number of heat records compared to those expected in a world without global warming) for monthly heat records as it changes over time (thin red line is annual data, thick red line smoothed with half-width 5 years). This is compared with predictions from a simple stochastic model based only on the global mean temperature evolution (blue line with uncertainty band directly comparable to the smoothed red curve)"