32 F. average high for February 24.
30 F. high on February 24, 2012.
8" snow on the ground at KMSP.
Quiet week - daytime highs above 32 F thru Thursday.
No major storms brewing for MSP for the next 7-9 days.
1). Minnesota's drought will ease.
2). Gradual moisture recovery across Midwest - drought persists over Central Plains and Southwestern USA.
3). Summer: warmer than average nationwide, but not as hot as 2012.
4). More severe storms and tornadoes than 2012 as jet core shifts south.
5). The Groundhot Lied. Spring comes late this year for Minnesota and northern tier cities.
6). More "Black Swan" weather events: extreme floods, higher risk of major urban tornadoes (recent trends show more large/violent tornadoes east of Mississippi River; another very active year for hurricanes).
Photo credit above: "John Honeywell uses a grain drill to plant winter wheat near Orlando, Okla., on Sept. 12, 2012. "Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota: