By Todd Nelson
One step forward, two steps back. For every step we take toward Spring, we seemingly fall right back into Winter's arms. The long drawn out precipitation event that we had on Friday has come to an end. Our weekend weather looks fairly quiet, but it won't be the type of inviting outside weather that we endured last year. March 16th, 2012 hosted a high temperature of 79F, this year we'll be lucky to hit 30F! Just to rub it in, a friend of mine from Kansas City, MO texted me yesterday afternoon and said that it was 80F there. He had the windows open and was firing up the BBQ... I remember those days.
We ring in Spring on Wednesday as the sun's most direct rays pass over the Equator. Although the calendar will say Spring, Mother Nature will tease us with more winter-like temperatures through late next week. Prior to that, some of us could be shoveling again by Monday as another winter storm wraps up over the Upper Mississippi Valley. At this point, it appears that the heaviest snow will fall across northern Minnesota, but we all know how little snow it takes to make a commute bad. With that said, Monday could be a VERY slow beep and creep.
SATURDAY: Feeling cooler. Passing flake. High: 28. Winds: NW 10.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy and quite chilly. Low: 9
Tale of Two Seasons
Friday High Temperatures From Normal
March Snow Cover 2012 vs 2013
Next Big Snow Maker?
Another big storm looks to be developing across the Upper Mississippi Valley by late weekend early next week. The overall trend on this storm has been a little farther north than previous runs. That would keep the heaviest snow across parts of North Dakota and far northern Minnesota. This is still a developing storm, so things will likely change... Stay tuned!
From Minnesota to Hawaii, Then Hawaii to Minnesota...
The March equinox occurs the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north. This happens either on March 19, 20 or 21 every year. On any other day of the year, the Earth's axis tilts a little away from or towards the Sun. But on the two equinoxes, the Earth's axis tilts neither away from nor towards the Sun, like the illustration shows."
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Another Late Week System
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