Meanwhile, through Saturday, Boston, MA had received 30.9" of snow so far this winter, over half of which has fallen this month (and a third of which fell on one single date: the 9th).
Feels Like Spring Fever – 50s By The End Of The Week
By D.J. Kayser, filling in for Paul DouglasToday feels like the start of spring here across Minnesota. That’s what is supposed to happen when pitchers and catchers report to spring training down in Florida, right?
Over the past few days I’ve felt that rush to get outside and enjoy the nice weather across the region. That drip… drip of melting snow and bursts of sunshine are inviting that spring fever feeling into my body. However, at the same time my mind is reserved - hoping that it isn’t just a tease and that a snowstorm isn’t right around the corner, waiting to deliver a foot of snow and plunge us back below zero.
Well, for at least the next week it isn’t looking that way. You will have plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the March-like weather across the region, as highs hover in the 30s and 40s through Thursday with no real storms looming on the horizon. Highs will then warm into the 50s in the Twin Cities as we head into Presidents’ Day weekend.
My advice: head out and enjoy the warm weather while you can!
Extended Forecast for Minneapolis
MONDAY: Another sunny, warm day. High 47. Low 28. Chance of precipitation 0%. Winds SW 5-10 mph.
TUESDAY: Dry cold front passes through early AM. Partly cloudy. High 38. Low 20. Chance of precipitation 5%. Winds NW 10-15 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Increasing clouds. Highs near average. High 31. Low 20. Chance of precipitation 0%. Winds NW 5-10 mph.
THURSDAY: Quickly warming back up. Partly cloudy. High 41. Low 29. Chance of precipitation 0%. Winds SE 3-5 mph.
FRIDAY: First 50 since November 28th. Mainly sunny. High 53. Low 33. Chance of precipitation 0%. Winds S 3-5 mph.
SATURDAY: Sunny. Highs 20+ degrees above average. High 51. Low 33. Chance of precipitation 0%. Winds W 3-5 mph.
SUNDAY: A little more wind, but still warm. Partly cloudy. High 50. Low 36. Chance of precipitation 0%. Winds SE 5-10 mph.
This Day in Weather History
1872: A snowstorm buries Sibley County with 12 foot drifts. Many people perished in the storm.
1866: What may be Minnesota's 'Greatest Blizzard.' It lasted for three days and buried barns in drifts. Luckily, it began at night when many people were at home.
1838: In the days before Tower…at 2:00 am the mercury thermometer at Ft. Snelling freezes at 40 below. The actual temperature is unknown.______________________________
Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
Average High: 28F (Record: 51F set in 1890)
Average Low: 12F (Record: -23F set in 1905)
Average Precipitation: 0.02" (Record: 0.60" set in 1915)
Average Snow: 0.2" (Record: 5.2" in 1909)
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Sunrise: 7:16 AM
Sunset: 5:39 PM
*Length Of Day: 10 hours, 22 minutes and 16 seconds
*Daylight Lost Since Yesterday: ~2 minutes and 53 seconds
*Next Sunrise At/Before 7 AM: February 24th (6:59 AM)
*Next Sunset At/After 6 PM: February 28th (5:00 PM)
Minnesota Weather Outlook
National Weather Outlook
A Warm Monday... For Some
84 Hour Forecast
Snow Potential Over The Next 84 Hours In The South
Five Day Precipitation Outlook
A portion of the AerisWeather Briefing issued Sunday morning, February 12th, 2017 for the snowstorm in the Northeast:
Breaking Down Expected Snowfall Totals Locally:
Coastal City Flooding To Increase
Tropical Rainfall Study
Image: "Fraction of the total rainfall, as a function of time of day, for a region including much of Indonesia and its surrounding oceans. Observations show strong peaks at early morning and mid-afternoon. IPRC modeling captures the observed modulation only when upper atmospheric forcing is included. Credit: Takatoshi Sakazaki"
Life On Europa?
A new report from NASA shows that they want to explore Jupiter's moon of Europa for the potential of alien life - and they want to do it as soon as 2031. Popular Science has more: "While the lander mission isn't officially on the books yet, Congress wants it it happen. The new report is preliminary, meaning the goals and instruments may be subject to change. But if all goes according to plan, the mission's primary goal would be to search for evidence of life on this frigid world." (Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center)
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- D.J. Kayser