39 F. average high on March 12.
29 F. high on March 12, 2013.
11" snow on the ground.
22 days with 15" or more of snow on the ground at MSP this winter, 10th most on record.
Ah, March in Minnesota: knee-deep in dirty snow with a slight risk of a tornado. This is a manic month of meteorology - blizzards, floods, ice, even twisters by the end of the month. Did I leave anything out?
Huge north-south temperature contrasts leading up to the Spring Equinox can whip up intense storms capable of jaw-dropping temperature extremes.
Exhibit A: St. Louis went from 83F and shorts Tuesday to flurries & 40F yesterday. Like turning off a light switch. One minute it's spring, blink a few times, and it's winter again.
While Chicago digs out from 3-6 inches of snow (now the third snowiest winter on record) we enjoy another well-timed puff of Pacific air; 40s likely today and tomorrow before cooling off over the weekend.
No headline-generating weather drama in sight, just a slight cooling trend by next week as big storms torment the southern and eastern USA. No sign of The Big One here anytime soon.
People ask me to put this winter into perspective. According to the MN Climate Office's "Winter Misery Index" (snow and cold) this winter was severe - the first since 2011, and only the 4th since 1985.
Yes, I'm Master of The Obvious, but now we have confirmation.
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TODAY: Some sun, milder breeze, almost feels like spring. Winds: SW 10. High: 45
THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly to mostly cloudy. Low: 29
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy, slightly cooler. High: 40 (early, falling through the 30s during the day).
SATURDAY: Lingering clouds, chilly. Wake-up: 16. High: 32
SUNDAY: Cold start. Partly sunny, still brisk. Wake-up: 9. High: 29
MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies, few flakes? Wake-up: 14. High: 31
TUESDAY: Snow risk southern Minnesota. Wake-up: 16. High: 27
WEDNESDAY: Lots of clouds. no daffodils yet. Wake-up: 11. High: near 30
Photo credit above: "In Louri village in the Mao region of Chad, climate change has meant that the normally once-a-decade droughts are now coming every few years. November 2, 2012." (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell).
Photo credit above: "The Arctic sea ice season is shortening by five days per decade, with the appearance of sea ice becoming delayed by warmer weather, according to new research." (Photo : NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center).
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