..."The CPC also sees good chances for some continued alleviation of drought across our state through the end of May. The hydrologic features (lake levels and stream flows) will benefit from above normal precipitation whether it comes as rain or snow. The soil will not benefit much until it thaws out later in the spring. Right now soil frost depths still range from 20-40 inches deep in many areas and will take some time to thaw out..."
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota and western Wisconsin:
TODAY: Mix of clouds and sun, quiet. Winds: W 10. High: 28
SATURDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds. Low: 12
* photo above courtesy of Penny Compton Campbell and WeatherNation TV.
Graphic credit above: "Arctic sea ice volume in thousands of cubic kilometers during the September minimum in 1979 compared to 2012, as estimated by the University of Washington PIOMAS model. Arctic seas ice volume has declined by more than a factor of five. Image credit; Andy Lee Robinson."
Photo credit above: "Thousands of protestors gather at the National Mall in Washington calling on President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, as well as act to limit carbon pollution from power plants and 'move beyond' coal and natural gas, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta).