37 F. average high on March 7.
31 F. high on March 7, 2013.
16" snow on the ground at KMSP.
40s likely by Sunday and Monday.
No major storms (of any flavor) in sight.
Dirty Snow Season
“Unusual travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God” wrote Kurt Vonnegut. How true. The world has done a pretty good job convincing us that stuff matters. But in the end all we have are memories. As my late mother told me "at the end of your life what matters is what you've seen, who you've loved and who you helped."
Our lousy, endless winter probably contributed to my newfound wanderlust, and one-too-many trips to warmer destinations, but my wife and I were always relieved to return to MSP. Because you doesn’t fully appreciate Minnesota until you leave, and then return home.
The DNR reports that, statewide, meteorological winter was the 4th coldest in 119 years of record-keeping. Nationwide early March saw the most snow on the ground since 1978. We've earned our spring this year.
Models show 40s Sunday & Monday, again late next week. Milder, Pacific air passing over cold snowpack will moisten up the low layers of the atmosphere, sparking low stratus and fog at times.
Expect a slush-fest next week.
Time to dig out the second-string shoes.
I just had serious ice dams removed from my roof, so I'm praying for a slow thaw and no tournament snowstorms. But after this winter-on-steroids, I'm not feeling very lucky.
- In a warming world, a larger fraction of total precipitation falls in downpours, which means a larger fraction is lost to storm runoff (as opposed to being absorbed in soil).
- In mountain regions that are warming, as most are, a larger fraction of precipitation falls as rain rather than as snow, which means lower stream flows in spring and summer.
- What snowpack there is melts earlier in a warming world, further reducing flows later in the year.
- Where temperatures are higher, losses of water from soil and reservoirs due to evaporation are likewise higher than they would otherwise be..."
2. Ke$ha: 1,500
3. Bill Gates: 1,590
4. George W. Bush: 1,206
5. Al Gore: 1,355
6. Scarlett Johansson: 1,080
TODAY: Sunny, cool breeze. Winds: NW 5-10. High: 25
SATURDAY NIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy and chilly. Turn your clocks ahead late. Low: 14
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, feels like March! High: 41
MONDAY: Some sun - hint of April. Outdoor lunch? Wake-up: 33. High: 44 (falling during the afternoon)
TUESDAY: Chance of snow southern MN. Sunshine central and north. Wake-up: 31. High: 37
WEDNESDAY: Intervals of sun, a quiet day. Wake-up: 16. High: 33
THURSDAY: Some sun, milder breeze. Wake-up: 19. High: 41
FRIDAY: Patchy clouds & fog. Not bad at all. Wake-up: 30. High: 42