26 F. average high on February 3.
16 F. high on February 3, 2014.
1.4" snow fell yesterday afternoon and evening at MSP International Airport.
22.3" snow so far this winter in the Twin Cities.
34.9" average snowfall for MSP, to date.
39.7" snow last winter as of February 3, 2014.
February 3, 1984: "Surprise Blizzard" across Minnesota and parts of the Dakotas. Meteorologists were caught off guard with its rapid movement. Persons described it as a "wall of white." Thousands of motorists were stranded in subzero weather. Only a few inches of snow fell, but was whipped by winds up to 80 mph. 16 people die in stranded cars and outside.
Beauty - and snow - are in the eye of the beholder. One man's wintry playground is another man's soul-crushing commute.
"Paul, stop referring to these 1-inch clippers as storms! They don't fit the definition" a reader scolded. I'm quite accustomed to being scolded, btw. I'm starting to like it.
Look, I understand old-timers consider an inch of snow to be "flurries". I get it. But traffic on freeways has, by some estimates, tripled since the 70s. At the right temperature and the wrong time it doesn't take much snow to spark the vehicular equivalent of a heart attack. Exhibit A: Tuesday.
It's counter-intuitive but monster storms are easier. Nearly 20 inches of snow in Chicago? All schools and most businesses shut down. People stay home, avoiding travel headaches altogether. Consider that Boston has picked up 43 inches of snow from 2 blizzards in 7 days! While we scrimp an inch here and there.
Today's brisk Canadian breeze gives way to a partial thaw by late week; models hinting at a few inches of snow from a more formidable (slower-moving) clipper Saturday night and Sunday.
No snow days in sight - but we could still squeeze out 15-25 inches of snow between now and April 1.
Photo credit above: "Two men clear snow from a sidewalk Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Blue Island, Ill. Residents in Chicago and the rest of northern Illinois are attempting to get to work after a blizzard-like storm dumped up to 16 inches from Sunday to early Monday morning." (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
- A Cold Start to the Month.
- Week 1 was the coldest start to January in 5 years and coldest since 2004 for Canada, driven by bitter cold in the East.
- NYC, Chicago, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh were all coldest since 1988.
- Consistent Warmth Through the West.
- Despite week 2 trending colder across all regions, western locations experienced warm comparisons for a majority of the month.
- San Diego had its warmest week 1 since 1986.
File photo above: "In this photo taken from an Indonesian Air Force Super Puma helicopter Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, portion of the tail of AirAsia Flight 8501 is seen on the deck of a rescue ship after it was recovered from the sea floor on the Java Sea. Investigators searching for the crashed AirAsia plane's black boxes lifted the tail portion of the jet out of the Java Sea on Saturday, two weeks after it went down, killing all 162 people on board." (AP Photo/Prasetyo Utomo, Pool)
TODAY: Sunny. "Cold enough". Winds: NW 10-20. Feels like -5 to -10F. High: 17
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and chilly. Low: near 0
THURSDAY: Partly sunny, stiff breeze. High: 20
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy, risk of a thaw. Wake-up: 10. High: 31
SATURDAY: Clouds increase, snow at night. Wake-up: 19. High: near 30
SUNDAY: Snow tapers, few inches, potentially plowable? Partial clearing by afternoon. Wake-up: 22. High: 27
MONDAY: More clouds than sun, quiet. Wake-up: 17. High: 28
TUESDAY: Peeks of sun, trending milder. Wake-up: 19. High: 30
Photo credit above: "John Mensch, of Moultonborough, New Hampshire, shoves snow around a car buried in almost a four foot drift on Beacon Hill in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. The Boston area has received about 40 inches of snow in the past week." (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
File photo: AP Photo/The Daily Astorian, Joshua Bessex.
Also notable was that the 2014 record occurred in the absence of a fully-developed El Nino system -- a periodic weather phenomenon that has an overall warming impact on Earth's climate.
High temperatures in 1998 -- the hottest year before the 21st century -- occurred during a strong El ..