36 F. high in the Twin Cities yesterday.
28 F. average high for February 12.
32 F. high on February 12, 2012.
9" snow so far in February.
3.2" normal snowfall from February 1-12.
Trace of snow reported during the first 12 days of February, 2012.
32+ F. highs today and tomorrow; teens for highs by Friday and Saturday - another thaw Sunday.
Photo credit above: "Sharon Jackson and her dog Murphy look at Buckingham Street in Meriden on Tuesday. "We live on that street, and we cannot believe that it has not been plowed in four days!" (Alan Chaniewski| - Fox CT ORG XMIT: HC0311 / February 12, 2013)
Over the last few years the waterline has dropped so far at our property on Huron that what once was the beach now has about two hundred feet of rocky swamp in front of it. Yikes.So what are the causes behind these low lake levels? We spoke with a few experts who gave us a run down of the factors, big and small, contributing to the extreme lows..." (Image above: NASA).
Photo credit above: "Andrew Varney, a power lineman from Canton, NY, frees a pine tree stuck in lines in Scituate, Mass., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. A howling storm across the Northeast left the New York-to-Boston corridor shrouded in 1 to 3 feet of snow Saturday, stranding motorists on highways overnight and piling up drifts so high that some homeowners couldn't get their doors open. More than 650,000 homes and businesses were left without electricity." (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
* 22 degree halo photo above courtesy of Steve Burns.
Bill McKibben, arguably the global leader for climate action, is coming to ski the American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon in NW Wisconsin. As cross-country skiers we have noticed a distinct lack of predictable snow over the past decade. Minnesota winters without snow? That's just not right. Here's what some Minnesotans/Wisconsinites are saying about "What I Love About Winter":
Grace, age 11, Edina: "I love, love, love ice skating and going sledding because I love the feeling of wind and snow in my face."
Jen, age 26, Whittier Neighborhood, Minneapolis: "When we actually get the snow I remember getting growing up."
Jonathan, age 54, Cable, WI: "The crunch of snow underfoot. Viewing the moon on a frigid evening. Watching my daughter make snow forts."
Kamin, age 54, Hayward, WI: "Finding wold tracks in the snow, snow shoeing and cross country skiing."
How do we get together to protect the things we love about this season that defines Minnesota and Wisconsin?
Image credit above: "Hurricane Katrina. Predicted changes in extremes include more record high temperatures; fewer but stronger tropical cyclones; wider areas of drought and increases in precipitation; increased climate variability; Arctic warming and attendant impacts; and continued sea level rise as greenhouse warming continues and even accelerates." (Credit: NOAA)