36 F. average high on March 6.
39 F. high on March 6, 2015, after waking up to 7 F.
March 7, 1987: A heat wave across Minnesota brings the earliest 70 degree readings on record to the Twin Cities. The record high for the day was 73, breaking the old record by 13 degrees. Shorts were common and people were turning over dirt in their gardens for planting.
March 7, 1950: A snow and ice storm hits Minnesota. The heaviest ice was in northwest and west central Minnesota, especially in Norman County near Twin Valley. 52 electrical poles were down in this area with ice up to 1 ½ inches on wires. All communication lines out of Fargo were out with wind gusts estimated up to 60 mph. In order to provide temporary long distance service to and from isolated communities, short wave radio equipment was used to bridge the gaps. In Pipestone, several plate glass windows were blown in. During the snowstorm that followed later in the day, a Northwest Airlines plane crashed into three homes in Minneapolis killing all 13 on the plane and two on the ground. The left wing of the plane struck a flagpole at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery as it circled to land.
You Really Slept In - Welcome to April 7, 2016
I'm a big believer in time travel. Or maybe it's just an acute case of sleep deprivation. Thank you Netflix.
I set the alarm but - somehow - ALL of us are waking up to April 7. As far as our fickle atmosphere is concerned it's early April with low 60s - a few scattered thunderstorms by tonight. Maybe my tax accountant will call and brighten my day? The fog of winter is just a slushy memory now.
We cool off by midweek (only 10-15F warmer than average) before another transfusion of mild Pacific air arrives. More 60s are possible Friday into next weekend with a few sloppy claps of thunder by Sunday.
Warm fronts in March are hardly unusual. What's bizarre is the sheer persistence of the warm signal, going well above and beyond the additional heat thrown off by a major El Nino event. This is El Nino on turbo-steroids.
NOAA's GFS model hints at a soaking (rain) storm the middle of next week, followed by a cool correction after March 18 or so.
We may enjoy a few days in the 30s later this month - even a slushy encounter or 2. But snow days, wind chill, car starters? Ancient history.
Photo credit above: "Christopher Ingraham is greeted by a dairy cow during his tour of Red Lake County, "the ugliest county in the country" , on Thursday, August 27, 2015, in Red Lake Falls, Minn." (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald).
TODAY: Mild with fading sun, PM shower possible. Winds: S 10-15. High: 61
MONDAY NIGHT: Humid, chance of a few showers, possible T-storm. Low: 54
TUESDAY: Early thunder, feels like April with slow clearing. Winds: SW 15-25. High: 62
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy and cooler. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 38. High: 47
THURSDAY: Partly sunny and pleasant. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: 33. High: 51
FRIDAY: Mild sunshine, leaving work early. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 42. High: 62
SATURDAY: Clouds increase, late shower? Winds: S 7-12. Wake-up: 47. High: 61
SUNDAY: Few showers, possible T-showers. Winds: SW 7-12. Wake-up: 52. High: 63
The Fight to Hear Debate Questions on Climate Change in a State Struggling With Sea Level Rise. Here's a clip from ThinkProgress: "...Both the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates will be headed to Miami next week in advance of their next primary debates. Local Floridians, already on the front lines of climate change as rising seas spill into their neighborhoods, want them to talk about climate change. Cindy Lerner is the Mayor of Pinecrest, a coastal suburb of Miami. She and 14 other South Florida mayors sent letters to GOP candidates Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush (before he ended his campaign) asking to meet with them about climate change. Both candidates agreed when Lerner went to New Hampshire to make the request in person. Bush has since dropped out of the race, and she is still trying to schedule a meeting with Rubio next week..." (File image: Stephen B Morton, AP).
Scientist Joanna Haigh Warns Global Warming is a "Runaway Train". Here's a snippet from an interview at Financial Times: "...Haigh says global warming is like a runaway train. Unless we put the brakes on, it will keep on rolling. People may argue about whether we’ll see 2C or 5C of warming this century, she says. “But if you ever want the global temperature to plateau, you’ve got to get to zero carbon emissions.” Zero? Haigh is firm. “At some stage we’ve got to bite the bullet.” Is that really going to happen? The 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris buoyed Haigh: 195 governments made surprisingly ambitious pledges. “I’m a careful optimist,” she says. “I think that the wind is in the right direction now.”