By Todd Nelson
A certain groundhog named Phil is WANTED for fraud! I seem to remember a large rodent making bold predictions about an early start to the warm season. Not only was he wrong, but we seemingly found a way to slip back into Winter's arms... UGH! In fact, we've seen more snow since the start of February (nearly 30"), than we did through the 92 day period of November, December and January (around 20").
At 6:02am Wednesday, the sun's most direct rays will cross the Equator, marking the start of Spring for us in the northern hemisphere. Average high temperatures for us are in the low to mid 40s right now, we'll struggle to top out at 20° on Wednesday! Last year on March 19th, the mercury topped out at an early summer-like 65°.
Marchuary continues through much of the week as we stumble back close to the freezing mark by Friday. The average temperature for March is running nearly 4.5° below avearge, which is on the other side of the scale than March 2012, when the average temp was 15.5° above avg.; the warmest on record.
Some models suggest another shot of snow this weekend, adding to our 49.3" of snow so far this season; 52.8" is the winter average.
Todd's CONSERVATION MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TUESDAY NIGHT: Breezy and colder than average. Low: 4. Winds: NW 15mph Wind: Chill: -5° to -15°
Spring Begins at 6:02am Wednesday... Or Does It?
The 6 to 10 day temperature outlook continues to look cold in the eastern part of the country. This will take us to the end of the month. I don't see Spring on weather maps either.
Cold and Snowy...
2012 vs. 2013
Twin Cities March So Far...
Nearing Avg. Seasonal Snowfall
Snowy February and March...
SWE? Snow Water Equivalent
GFS Farther North
Monday's Severe Weather
"Mille Lacs walleye anglers will be limited to two fish beginning May 11, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday morning.
The harvest slot wil be 18 to 20 inches. One walleye in the two-fish limit can be larger than 28 inches.
Last year the limit was four walleyes, with only walleyes under 17 inches allowed to be kept, except that one could be longer 28 inches. Fish the smaller size were difficult to find."
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