34 F. high Monday in the Twin Cities.
30 F. average high for February 18.
37 F. high on February 18, 2012.
Trace of snow at KMSP yesterday.
-10 to -20 F. wind chills today.
-5 to -10 F. air temperature Wednesday morning.
Plowable snowfall late Thursday into Friday, enough to shovel and plow, at least 3-4"
Second storm by Monday, possibly a mix of snow, sleet and rain.
* the latest Drought Outlook from NOAA is here.
- Precipitation deficits (negative departures from normal) over the past eight and one-half months are in excess of ten inches in some southwest and south central Minnesota counties. Somewhat smaller, but still significant, precipitation shortfalls were reported across Minnesota over the past six months.
- As of late autumn, the soil moisture content in the plant rooting zone was near all-time low levels at many locations.
- The liquid content of our present snowpack is unremarkable when compared with winters of the past. Snow water equivalence estimates across Minnesota range from zero to three inches in most places.
- The soil moisture situation will remain mostly unchanged until spring because the deeply frozen soil (18-36 inches) assures that only a fraction of the overwinter precipitation will make it into the ground.
- When the soils thaw, and if the spring rains come, the dry plant rooting zone will claim "first mortgage" on water infiltration. This means that spring recharge of unconfined aquifers will be less than typically expected. Water table well levels, and base flow to surface water systems, will be slow to react.
- Without abundant spring rains, a number of critical drought issues involving agriculture, forestry, horticulture, tourism, and public water supply will begin to emerge.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Photo credit above: "A boy digs around a car marked with a sign on a street in Windsor Locks, Conn., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. A behemoth storm packing hurricane-force wind gusts and blizzard conditions swept through the Northeast overnight." Photo: Jessica Hill, ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP
What I Love About Winter.
"It brings me roaring energy on my solar panels on a cool, very sunny, winter day."
- Mary Jo, Senior (trivia: solar panels are actually more efficient in the cold).
"Skating and being with my friends."
- Isla, Edina, age 8
"Being able to skate outside like I always dreamed of as a teenager in wet, soggy Scotland."
- Corral, Edina, age 46
"Minnesota winters (were) great...I could sled, snowboard, cross country ski, ice skate, fish, build igloos, snow shoe, but in the last 3 years I have not been able to do this because the climate has warmed my state."
- Christine, Brooklyn Park
"The sound of my blades scraping the ice as Lake Calhoun belches and bubbles under my skates, and knowing that in 3 months I'll be paddling in the same lake."
- Paul, Edina, age 64
"Now is the time for all good Minnesotans to come to the aide of the planet!” Mindy Ahler, Cool Planet Skier
Details and tickets at Cool Planet.
Photo credit above: "Storm-destroyed house in Ortley Beach. N.J.Gov. Christie, in efforts to rebuild at the Shore, sees environmental factors as irrelevant." MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff