A confused clipper will roll thru today with light snow potential today. We're still muddling through March... -Todd Nelson
TUESDAY NIGHT: Light snow tapers early. Low: 15
Mother Nature seems to be a little confused right now... We're getting reports of flowers/plants growing/budding across the far north where it is still snowing! Thanks to Tom Purdy for the picture below out of Janesville, WI... Note the daffodil chutes with big snow piles in the background.
"I am looking at the precipitation accumulation for Jan 2013 on the Weather Network site. What does this number mean? Is the amount shown represent snow lying on the ground or is it the equivalent amount if rain had fallen?"
Thanks for your question John. Precipitation accumulation means the total accumulation of any rain/sleet/snow melted down into the liquid fasion, so yes, it means the precipitation equivalent if rain had fallen. The 'official' reading at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport for January 2013 was 0.86" of total liquid precipitation. Some of that precipitation fell in the form of snow, which accumulated to 4.6".
Thanks for checking in, have a great rest of your week!