18 F. high in the Twin Cities Saturday.
29 F. average high on February 15.
18 F. high on February 15, 2013.
1.8" snow fell yesterday at KMSP.
13" snow on the ground.
Winter Storm Watch posted late tonight into Monday morning.
"Every one of my customers is just disgusted with winter" Minnetonka friend Heidi Rusch explained. "It's enough to turn us all into reluctant snowbirds." I hear you. You can only imagine the grief I'm getting these days. Note to self: I don't make the weather, I'm just foolish enough to try and predict it.
While we enjoy a non-stop arctic bulge in the jet stream Europeans are scratching their heads in wonder, many disgusted by a lack of snow. A distant relative living outside Cologne, Germany sent me a photo of her red roses in full bloom. It's been in the 50s in recent weeks, she wrote. They should be knee-deep in snow, but winter never arrived.
Bitter or balmy?
Cities out east running out of salt due to a non-stop parade of snowstorms - severe flood emergencies across Britain - while California runs out of water. Dry areas get drier while wet areas get wetter. Where have you heard that before?
Natural chaos or fingerprints of a more volatile climate system? Not sure, but the jet stream is doing things I haven't seen in 40 years of tracking the weather.
We pick up a couple inches of additional snow early Monday; otherwise storms detour well south of Minnesota this week. For the first time in nearly 3 weeks the mercury rises above 32F by Tuesday.
A longer-lasting thaw is shaping up for early March. Spring is coming. Slowly.
Duluth 58 days (most since 1964-1965)
Rochester 42 days (most since 1978-1979)
International Falls 65 days (most since 2008-2009)..."
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Here's a YouTube clip of the event. I had a blast participating last year - hope you can stop by and make an appearance, supporting a very good cause, the ICA Food Shelf: http://youtu.be/GqwGOB8A14E
TODAY: Some sun, chilly. Winds: SE 10. High: 22
SUNDAY NIGHT: Winter Storm Watch. Light snow developing, icy roads by morning. Low: 19
MONDAY: Winter Storm Watch early. 2-4" snow expected. Slick roads. High: 28
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, risk of a thaw. Wake-up: 23. High: 35
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy. Dripping icicles. Wake-up: 21. High: 36
THURSDAY: Partial clearing, slightly cooler. Wake-up: 25. High: 32
FRIDAY: Intervals of sun, chilly again. Wake-up: 15. High: 25
SATURDAY: Clouds, snow may track south of MN. Wake-up: 10. High: 22
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- Make the impacts of climate change relatable. It may be hard to comprehend the impacts of climate change in general terms, but people are certainly willing to listen when its happening to them.
- Environmentalism isn't anti-growth — it's anti-waste. Emphasize the economic opportunities that come with adaptation to climate change..."
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