36 F. average high on March 5.
24 F. high on March 5, 2014.
2" snow on the ground at KMSP.
March 5, 1836: 12-day cold spell at Ft. Snelling. During this time 7 nights were in the double-digits below zero.
An Early April
Only in Minnesota can you be knee-deep in mud with dust blowing in your face. Or decked out in a parka and shorts, a dazed expression on your face. The weather can turn in a hurry. Don't believe me? Give it a few days.
You may have goosebumps on your goosebumps but a taste of late April is brewing with a shot at 60F. That's 60 degrees above zero. The view out your window looks like something out of the opening credits of the movie "Fargo", a white-wilderness stretching from one horizon to the next, but within 3-4 days most of the snow will be gone. Get ready for chirping birds, giant man-eating potholes and an extra spring in your step.
I don't blame you for being skeptical, but spring fever is right around the corner. We thaw out today, 40F possible over the weekend with a streak of 50s next week. The normally reliable ECMWF (European model) is hinting at highs near 60F by the middle of next week. By then most of the snow will be gone - the sun's energy going into heating up the air instead of melting slush.
Flurries are possible Sunday but no tournament storms are brewing looking out 2 weeks. You can bet on more cold fronts but the subzero nasty-cold is probably behind us now.
Photo credit above: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library. " "
- Avoid overeating by unplugging your refrigerator, locking it up, and throwing it into a gorge between each meal
- Cut car accidents out of your routine as much as possible
- Pet owners have demonstrably longer lifespans than those who live without furry friends, so enslave as many small mammals as your schedule and budget allow..."
TODAY: Partly sunny and milder. Winds: SW 10. High: 36
FRIDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, not as cold. Low: 22
SATURDAY: More clouds than sun. Not bad. High: 38
SUNDAY: Early snow showers, then clearing. Wake-up: 26. High: 39
MONDAY: Heavy jacket weather returns with peeks of mild sun. Wake-up: 24. High: 46
TUESDAY: Blue sky, touch of spring fever? Wake-up: 32. High: 54
WEDNESDAY: Some sun, still milder than average. Wake-up: 34. High: 55
THURSDAY: Most of the snow is gone. Mild sun. Wake-up: 36. High: 58
* Photo of Louie Anderson and the Minnesota Timberwolves taken at last night's "Taste of the Wolves" at Target Center in Minneapolis.
What Science Says About the Senator Who Used a Snowball to "Disprove" Climate Change. Mic.com has the story - here's an excerpt: "...By the way, across the globe in Australia, where it actually is the end of summer right now, scientists are already estimating that the country experienced the second hottest February on record. "The main story is that the weather was very persistently warm, particularly in February, rather than notable hot — or cold — spells," Bureau of Meteorology climatologist Acacia Pepler told The Sydney Morning-Herald. "In particular, we had very warm nights in the city, which is not surprising considering the very warm sea surface temperatures." The senator is pandering, clueless, or both..."
Animation credit above: Source: NASA Center for Climate Simulation / NASA Scientific Visualization Studio