Here’s a wonderful mix tape from KFAI’s MinneCulture, which includes interviews from staff members that worked during the blizzard as well as other stories from the massive storm.
“How can you forget the one Halloween in your life that came with two feet of snow? KFAI’s Britt Aamodt was studying biology at Gustavus Adolphus College when a record snowstorm blasted its way into her life. She wasn’t alone in experiencing the legendary Halloween Blizzard of 1991, a storm that closed schools, shuttered stores and workplaces and left an indelible memory on those that experienced it. (Photo byPeter Boulay)”
25th Anniversary of the 1991 Halloween Blizzard
"The Halloween Blizzard in 1991 is one of those weather events that people can recall what they were doing as it unfolded. Folks were still celebrating the Minnesota Twins second World Series win in just four years when a cold front ushered in unseasonably cold air. The high temperature in the Twin Cities was 65 degrees on the 29th, over ten degrees above normal. On October 30th, the high temperature in the Twin Cities only reached 32 degrees. By this time a low pressure area was developing around Galveston Texas. From the seasoned veterans at the National Weather Service to students studying meteorology at St. Cloud State, there was no secret that a large storm was coming. Most forecasts for October 31st for central Minnesota called for a cold rain by the afternoon. Possibly heavy. The primary question at the time was: "How much rain would fall?""
"As Halloween dawned back in 1991, some wintry weather was anticipated but no one was expecting a blizzard. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch at 4:00 am on the 31st with a potential of a foot of snow. The first inkling that the forecast under projected snowfall totals came when precipitation started falling as snow at about 11:30am in the Twin Cities, much earlier than anticipated. With the realization that the precipitation would be snow, not rain, a Winter Storm Warning was issued during the day by the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities and forecasters realized there was a potential for a lot of snow. As the afternoon faded into evening a surreal scene unfolded with kids attempting to trick or treat wearing coats and boots and pumpkins becoming covered with a snowy blanket. 8.2 inches of snow fell by midnight on the 31st at the Twin Cities International Airport, the most for the entire month of October on record for the Twin Cities."
See more from the Minnesota State Climatology Office HERE:
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM TO 11 PM PDT SUNDAY...
* MAIN IMPACTS: SLICK ROADS AND REDUCED VISIBILITY DUE TO HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WIND. TRAVEL DELAYS AND CHAIN CONTROLS LIKELY.
* OTHER IMPACTS...WINDS GUSTING TO 60 MPH THROUGH PASSES AND OVER HIGHER TERRAIN REDUCING VISIBILITY SIGNIFICANTLY AND CAUSING DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS.
* TIMING...SUNDAY INTO SUNDAY NIGHT...HEAVIEST SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
* LOCATIONS...TRANS SIERRA NEVADA PASSES INCLUDING INTERSTATE 80 AND HIGHWAY 50 ABOVE 6500 FEET.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...6 TO 12 INCHES POSSIBLE ABOVE 6500 FEET WITH 1 TO 2 FEET OF SNOW ABOVE 7500 FEET. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO 3 INCHES POSSIBLE DOWN TO 5500 FEET SUNDAY EVENING.
Here's the snowfall potential through PM Monday, which suggests some fairly significant amounts across the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada Range. Some spots in the highest elevations could see 1 to 2 feet!
Quick Hitting Storm in the West
Another surge of Pacific moisture is expected to move into the Western U.S. later this weekend with heavy rain and high elevation snow. The heaviest precipitation looks to move in on Sunday and exit quickly by Monday.
Better Sunday. Feels Like Early October This Week
One week from today, we fall back 1 hour to standard time. While that means we'll have more daylight in the morning, it also means that it'll be dark when we get home from work! Note that we've lost nearly 5 and a half hours of daylight since the Summer Solstice on June 20th and we're still slated to lose another hour and a half by the Winter Solstice on December 21st.
We're definitely in a downward spiral toward the colder months of winter, but the atmosphere doesn't seem to be responding. I've seen a few small swarms of waterfowl flying overhead, but the big flocks are still lurking in Canada where above average temperatures have kept lakes and ponds ice-free. November is around the corner, but it has been feeling more like early October with more mild weather on the way for the week ahead.
After damp Saturday, Sunday will feature drier and somewhat sunnier conditions. A Witch Watch has been issued for Monday, but no snow or blizzards are brewing for this year's trick or treat. Mild winds and a few PM showers shouldn't be too spooky.
1936: An intense dust storm causes damage in Central Minnesota. Heavy wind damage is reported in Stearns County.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average Low: 35F (Record: 10F set in 1925)
*Daylight Lost Since Summer Solstice: ~5hours and 24mins
0.6 Days Since New Moon
See more from Climate Central HERE:
"Shipping Industry Postpones Climate Plan Until 2023"
"A firm plan for potentially easing the shipping industry’s impact on the climate will be delayed for seven years under a roadmap drafted by a United Nations agency on Friday. The lackluster outcome at the end of a week of environmental talks in London deepened the disparity between ship and plane operators and much of the rest of the world when it comes to tackling global warming. The shipping industry participated in the negotiations on behalf of some nations."
See more from Climate Central HERE:
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