11 F. high yesterday afternoon at KMSP.
33 F. average high on February 26.
20 F. high on February 26, 2014.
1" of snow on the ground.
February 26, 1981: Thunderstorms move across Minnesota dumping 1.61 inches of rain at Montevideo. Many places were glazed over with ice.
February 26, 1948: Severe ice storm over central Minnesota. At the St Cloud Weather Office 1/2 inch of clear ice was measured. 65 telephone poles were down between St Cloud and Rice.
Kinder and Gentler?
I don't want to bury the lead: it may "snow" next Tuesday. The atmosphere will be shifting gears to a milder, March-like pattern as the storm track lifts north. No guarantees, but I wouldn't retire the old snow shovel just yet.
The GFS is hinting at 40s within 2 weeks, so expect volatility and big weather swings in the weeks to come. Pretty typical for March.
We all experience weather, not climate, which makes it hard to notice the big trends. If I'm cold how can the planet be warming? Or as John Oliver quipped: "I just ate so there must be no global hunger." We live in our bubbles and rely on scientists to analyze the big picture and remind us why it matters.
You may be shivering, but 4 of the 5 smallest "winter cold pools" on record over the Northern Hemisphere have been observed since 2004. And Minnesota is one of the 5 fastest warming states in the USA. Winter temperatures here have warmed at least 4F since 1970, according to Climate Central. Details below.
Warmer air and oceans are increasing water vapor; more fuel for major winter storms and excessive snows. Boston just picked up 100 inches in about a month - 10 times more than average. The statistical odds? 1-in-26,315. Good grief.
* weather model output above valid 18z next Tuesday courtesy of WSI.
Photo credit above: "A sign advertising a home for sale peaks from a mound of snow, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Marlborough, Mass. Real estate agents have found that purchase closings are being held up because of the heavy snowfall in the Boston area." (AP Photo/Bill Sikes).
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Image credit above: "Tesla home battery, which is currently produced for SolarCity's home energy storage system." (House Photo: Shutterstock)
Map credit above: "The dark blue areas are the quietest, and the yellow to white are the loudest." (National Park Service, Natural Sounds & Night Skies Division).
A New Definition of Recyled: KFC To Roll Out New, Edible Coffee Cups. TIME Magazine has the curious details: "KFC is planning to serve its customers coffee in a cup they can eat. The fast food chain will soon debut edible cups at all its U.K. franchises, the New York Times reported. The cups will be made from wafers lined with heat-resistant white chocolate and wrapped in sugar paper, and will be introduced to KFC along with Starbucks brand Seattle’s Best Coffee..."
1. Even if you didn’t get paid a cent for it, would you still do this?
2. Would doing this inspire you every day?
3. Does doing this come as naturally to you as breathing?
4. Do you feel you’ve been given a special gift to do this?
5. Does time seem to fly by when you’re engaged in this activity?
6. Can you possibly make money doing this?
People often have difficulty answering yes or no to Questions No. 4 and No. 6. For Question No. 4, keep in mind that while you might not yet be a master of this activity, if you feel passionately about it and/or spend a lot of time engaging in it, you may have been given a special gift to do it. In such cases, your answer to Question No. 4 is likely to be yes..."
TODAY: Sunny and brisk, lighter winds. Winds: SW 5-10. High: 15
FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 6
SATURDAY: Sunny start, clouds increase. High: 26
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy, colder breeze. Wake-up: 18. High: 27
MONDAY: Blue sky, cooler than average. Wake-up: 11. High: 26
TUESDAY: Wet snow or mix. Plowable amounts? Wake-up: 20. High: 28
WEDNESDAY: Flurries taper early. Drying out. Wake-up: 7. High: 15
THURSDAY: Partly sunny, feels like February. Wake-up: -2. High: 14
* an abstract of the new research is available at Science Magazine.