32 F. average high on February 24.
14 F. high on February 24, 2014.
1" snow on the ground.
4.7" snow so far in February.
17.5" fell on the metro area as of February 24, 2014.
February 24, 1934: Late season cold snap with a low of -46 at Big Falls.
"It's too cold to work in the garage" my wife complained the other day. "When is it going to get warmer?" May, I answered. "Seriously?"
I do see an abrupt shift in the upper level pattern the second week of March. A massive ridge of high pressure builds over the Plains, treating us to 30s, maybe a few 40s.
Cue Minnesota's legions of incredulous snow lovers. "What happened to winter?" It seems very odd to be getting the cold without the snow. It's a little like Adam without Eve, Minneapolis without St. Paul, The Suburbs without Chan Poling. Just. Not. Right.
I'll get complaints from stressed commuters, grateful for fewer mornings of skating-rink-conditions, but a total lack of snow on the ground in late February, like there is now south & west of the Minnesota River, is a bit surreal, and doesn't fill me with hope we'll experience a drought-free 2015.
Our nagging snow recession lingers into at least mid-March; a few bursts of snow from assorted clippers, but nothing that will show up on The Weather Channel. The next 36 hours will be character-building, but 30s return by early next week, before the next Canadian relapse.
Storm-free. Weakening cold waves. Winter may end with a fizzle. Hold on. Better days ahead. In the words of Dan Rather...courage.
Photo credit above: "In this Feb. 4 2014 file photo, a warning buoy sits on the dry, cracked bed of Lake Mendocino near Ukiah, Calif. As bad as the drought in California and the Southwest was last year and in the Midwest a couple years ago, scientists say far worse historic decades-long dry spells are coming. “Unprecedented drought conditions” - the worst in more than 1,000 years - are likely to come to the Southwest and Central Plains near the end of this century and stick around because of global warming, according to a new study in the journal Science Thursday." (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
* The research paper referenced above is here, courtesy of UCAR.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy, colder. Wind chill: 0. Winds: N 10. High: 14
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clear and nippy. Low: -3
THURSDAY: More sun, less warmth. Wind chill: -15. High: 10
FRIDAY: Blue sky, still chilly. Wake-up: -4. High: 15
SATURDAY: Breezy, a bit milder by afternoon. Wake-up: 4. High: 23
SUNDAY: Early flakes, then clearing. Wake-up: 13. High: 29
MONDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, quiet. Wake-up: 16. High: 32
TUESDAY: Mostly gray, almost average. Wake-up: 22. High: 31
Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill. The New York Times has details here.
* The new research on ocean acidification referenced above is available at Nature Climate Change.
Religious Leaders Urge Action to Combat Climate Change. National Catholic Reporter has the story - here's a clip: "...Given what Pope Francis has said in the past on the environment, "I think that he will call us to prudent action that promotes the common good for present and future generations and respects human life and dignity while always giving priority to the poor and vulnerable," Wenski said. "Care for creation should engage us all -- and thus I also think that the pope will tell us also to be mindful of and heed the voices of poor who are impacted most by climate change and certainly will be impacted either for good or ill by the policies proposed to address climate change..."
Photo credit above: "Pedestrians walk single file through snow banks on a Beacon Street sidewalk in Boston, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Midway through an epic winter that's shattered records and buried Boston in more than 8 feet of snow, locals and outsiders alike could be forgiven for wondering why a world-class city that's accustomed to heavy snowfall — and prides itself on being a global center of technology and innovation — can't seem to dig out and move on." (AP Photo/Elise Amendola).