Here are some great pictures taken during the 1991 Halloween Blizzard
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(Image credit: Brian Peterson via StarTribune)
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)”
-The 4-day blizzard left many areas of the state with record levels of snow depth for November, ranging from 25 to 35 inches.
-At the height of the blizzard snow accumulation was occurring at the rate of 3 inches/hour, with maximum wind gusts to 50 mph.
-At least 16 communities reported a storm total snowfall of 25 inches or greater, topped by 36.9 inches at Duluth.
-In the aftermath of the storm over 100 communities reported sub zero F low temperatures over the first few days of November.
-With such a snowy start to November, many places reported record snowfall for the month, including 46.9" at MSP, 50.1" at Duluth, 51.5" at Two Harbors, and 58.6" at Bruno
"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."
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Today is the 25th Anniversary of the 1991 Halloween Blizzard. Don't laugh, but I was a cow that year. I vividly remember snow piling up on my snout as I slipped from house to house. Few trick or treaters that year meant a full candy bag. Pretty sure I am still nursing a cavity from that Halloween, sorry Dr. Colbert.
No blizzards, not even a flake this year. However, a storm system scooting across the northern part of the state will kick up a blustery south wind that will send temps into the 60s. I could see a few sprinkles later today, but the majority of the light rain concerns will be confined to the international border.
The strong upper level winds look to bubble north into Canada through the week ahead, which will help to keep dry and mild weather in place for a several day period. The next 5 to 7 days look dry with high temps in the low to mid 60s, reminiscent of October.
No concerns for the MN Deer Hunting Opener this weekend. Look for sunshine with temps still riding above average.
The forecast is in autopilot.
Average Low: 34F (Record: 14F set in 1878)
*Daylight Lost Since Summer Solstice: ~5hours and 26mins
0.6 Days Since New Moon
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