A Snowy Disconnect
Storm. noun: a violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow.
Oh, I remember those! Vaguely. A faded memory, right up there with prom dates and fax machines.
During a typical winter (ha!) MSP picks up 9 or 10 plowable snowfalls of 2 inches or more. So far this winter: 4 plowable snows, 2 of them in November. Our biggest "storm"? An awe-inspiring 3.4 inches on December 27.
It seems a bit surreal to be staring out at subzero temperatures with a paltry 1 inch of snow on the ground.
February in Wichita.
And just like last winter the jet stream has gotten stuck in a rut, a groove; relatively dry, harmless clippers sailing over Minnesota, intensifying into coastal monsters capable of burying Boston under 100" of snow in the better part of 30 days. I still believe this is linked to rapid warming of the Arctic - we'll see.
We're making up for a milder than average December and January - and it now looks as if a prolonged thaw may not arrive until the second week of March. We struggle to top 0F Sunday; 2-3 more subzero mornings between now and next Thursday. If anyone asks (doubtful) we've enjoyed 21 mornings of negative fun. Last winter we endured 50 subzero lows. Feeling any better?
* 36.5% of the Lower 48 states are snow-covered, according to NOAA. That's up from 25% on January 20.
Respect The Purple. Purple, as in purple-pain. Everything shaded in light purple is subzero; dark purple is seriously cold air. 2-meter NOAA temperature forecast into early Tuesday from the 12km NAM. Animation: Ham Weather.
Photo credit above: "Heavy equipment works on a mound of snow that has been cleared from city streets at a "snow farm" in Boston, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015." (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer).
Photo credit above: "As snow flurries begin to fall again, pedestrians walk through Boston City Hall Plaza in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Nearly 8 feet of snowfall this winter has paralyzed greater Boston's transit system, infuriating commuters on and off the rails who may not see a return to normal for at least a month." (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Image credit above: "Artist's depiction of the ICI-4 rocket which launched today." (Image: Trond Abrahamsen, Andøya Space Center).
TODAY: Mostly cloudy, turning colder. Winds: NW 15. High: 19
SATURDAY NIGHT: Clearing, plenty cold. Low: -8
SUNDAY: Cold blue sky. Groundhog was right. Windchill near -20. High: 3
MONDAY: Cold start. Breezy, turning milder with increasing clouds. Wake-up: -9. High: 21
TUESDAY: Mild start, cooling down late. Wake-up: 20. High: 33 (falling by afternoon)
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny. No relief yet. Wake-up: 7. High: 15
THURSDAY: Really enjoying February! Some sun. Wake-up: -1. High: 14
FRIDAY: Sunny intervals, light winds. Wake-up: 1. High: 20