35 F. average high on March 3.
10 F. high on March 3, 2014, after waking up to -10.
1.9" snow fell at MSP International Airport yesterday.
March 3, 1935: Extremely damaging ice storm in progress at Duluth. At the time it was called "The worst ice storm in Duluth's history." The storm began with rain and moist snow falling at the Duluth Weather Bureau in at 7th Ave West and 8th Street in Duluth at 10pm on March 3rd. The temperature was 26 degrees. By the morning of the 4th, the snow stopped but the rain continued. The lights started going out in Duluth by 6pm on the 4th due to power lines breaking. By the morning of the 5th, Duluth was virtually isolated from the outside world except for short wave radio. A local ham radio operator sent the Duluth National Weather Service reports: Four streetcars had to be abandoned in the storm, three of them in the western part of the city. A heavy salt mixture and pick axes were used to try to free the stuck streetcars. A one-mile stretch of telephone poles along Thompson's Hill was broken off as if they were toothpicks due to the ice.
Some days I feel like a financial planner after the Crash of 1929. "The market has cratered, you've lost everything but hey, you still have your health!"
People take their weather very personally when it impacts their jobs (farmers, construction) or personal lives (weddings, grad parties, fishing & cabin trips - it's a long list).
As meteorologists we have an obligation to connect the dots, highlight the trends and peer into an uncertain future. But the public wants optimism; a bright shining light at the end of the tunnel.
"I hope we don't have a spring like the last 2 years with snow into May" a colleague grumbled yesterday. Gazing at the maps I suspect we'll see a faster, milder jump-start to spring than in recent years. Just a gut call, based on how jet stream winds are setting up.
Today stings your cheeks and takes your breath away (and not in a good way). We go from -8F Thursday morning to 40s this weekend; a few days of 50s next week. More like early April. No dimmer switch this spring; more like a light switch. I suspect 2015 will be warmer and drier than recent years. We'll see.
Just remember it could always be worse. You could be stuck in Boston. 104" and counting.
Photo credit above: "Runner Becca Pizzi, 34, uses a snowbank to stretch as she trains along Heartbreak Hill in Newton, Mass., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Running 26.2 miles requires endurance, but 8 feet of snow and lots of treacherous black ice are testing this year's participants in frustrating new ways. Though the worst of the winter now seems past, there are only 50 days left until April 20, the 119th running of the venerable race." (AP Photo/Elise Amendola).
Photo credit above: "This photo shows a home from the Greensburg, Kansas tornado where debris fell into the southwest portion of basement." (KSN Photo Dave Freeman).
Image credit above: "Forest cover loss from 2000 to 2005." Image Credit: NASA/USGS/UMD/SDSU.
Image credit: "Cruithne’s wacky orbit around the sun." YouTube, CC BY-SA
TODAY: The cold is getting old. Bright sun. Feels like - 20F. Winds: NW 15-25. High: 8
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clear and numbing. Low: -8
THURSDAY: Nippy start. Blue sky, still chilly. High: 16
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, a welcome thaw. Wake-up: 12. High: 37
SATURDAY: Intervals of sun, pleasant. Wake-up: 23. High: 35
SUNDAY: Clouds, few flurries possible. Wake-up: 24. High: 34
MONDAY: Some sun, vague hints of April. Wake-up: 26. High: 47
TUESDAY: Plenty of sun, pleasantly mild. Too early for spring fever? Wake-up: 30. High: 51
* The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map for California is here.
File photo above: "In this Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 file photo, houseboats sit in the drought lowered waters of Oroville Lake, near Oroville, Calif. California voters overwhelmingly see the state's ongoing water shortage as a serious problem. A Field Poll released Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 says 94 percent consider the shortage serious, and of those 68 percent find it extremely serious. California is entering its fourth year of drought with lower than normal rain and snow falling on the state that leads the nation in agriculture production." (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
Photo credit above: "Photographer Camille Seaman photographs icebergs as if they were portraits of an ancestor. This she attributes to her grandfather, who instilled in her a love of the natural world. 'I've never met two which were alike,' Seaman says of her favourite subject matter." (Camille Seaman).