On Monday, March 20th at 5:29AM, the sun's most direct rays will be shining over the equator marking the beginning of spring in the northenr hemisphere and the beginning of fall in the southern hemisphere. Note that the entire globe sees around 12 hours of daylight with the greatest increase in daylight occurring near the north pole. Get this, Barrow, Alaska is gaining a little more than 9 minutes of daylight right now, while Fairbanks, Alaska is gaining nearly 7 minutes of daylight. Happy Spring!!
Thanks my good friend Kaley Jacobson for the picture below who is about ready to start planting seeds for the 2017 summer garden! While it's a bit too early to start most seeds, some can be planted now!
If you're wondering when and what you can plant over the next few weeks, here a great seed planting guide from the University of Minnesota. Note that most seeds shouldn't be planted quite yet, but things like broccoli, cabbage, eggplant and peppers can be! And we're still a few weeks away from getting those tomato seeds going.
See the full list of vegetable dates and much from the UofM HERE:
Well how about this... The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen, MN is in the running for the best botanical garden in the country!! There's still time left to vote.
"Visitors to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum enjoy more than 1,200 acres of manicured gardens, woods and prairies, accessible via 12.5 miles of walkable trails and garden paths. The vast space, divided into 28 named gardens and 45 plant collections, showcases more than 5,000 plant species and varieties. Highlights include a Japanese Garden, Daylily and Chrysanthemum Walk, Kitchen Herb Garden, Maze Garden and Peony Walk."
Check out the full list from USA TodayHERE:
(Photo courtesy of Don Olson, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Photographers Society)
According to the National Phenology Network, spring has already sprung across a good chunk of the nation. In fact, much of the southern half the country is already reporting "the appearance of the first tiny leaves on the trees, or the first crocus plants peeping through the snow. The Spring Leaf Index is a synthetic measure of these early season events in plants, based on recent temperature conditions."
The image below is the spring leaf anomaly, which shows that spring is still running nearly nearly 2 weeks or more ahead of schedule!
See more from USA NPN Here:
The February globally averaged sea surface temperature was 1.24°F above the 20th century monthly average of 60.6°F—the second highest global ocean temperature for February in the record, behind the record year 2016.
Winter Season: December 2016 to February 2017
The December–February average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.60°F above the 20th century average of 53.8°F. This was the second highest for December–February in the 1880–2017 record, trailing behind 2015/16.
The globally averaged land surface temperature for December–February was 2.74°F above the 20th century average of 37.8°F. This was the second highest for December–February in the record, behind 2015/16.
The December–February globally averaged sea surface temperature was 1.19°F above the 20th century average of 60.5°F – also the second highest for December–February in the record, behind the record set during 2015/16.
Dude, where's my car? Oh there it is! How about this story from out of California? A snow-removal vehicale was clearing roads in the Donner Pass and slammed into a Jeep that was buried under nearly 20ft of snow! Here's an excerpt from 3NewsNow.com: California Highway Patrol officers made a surprising discovery in the Donner Pass last week. Officers found a Jeep Cherokee buried under about 20 feet of snow near the town of Truckee in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. A snow-removal vehicle was being used to clear the roads when it slammed into the abandoned Jeep. A stunning photo posted by the California Highway Patrol's Truckee division shows the vehicle's back end exposed amid a wall of snow.
See the full story from 3NewsNow.com HERE:
(Calif. Highway Patrol Truckee / Facebook)
California Reservoir Levels 2017 vs 2016
Reservior levels have certainly been coming up over the last several weeks/months, which is good news! Note that levels were quite a bit lower last year across much of the state, especially across southern California.
Rain in California Next Week
Parts of the Northeast have been getting some pretty wild weather as of late. Take a look at the very wintry webcam from the National Weather Service office in Binghamton, NY on Saturday afternoon. While snow was flying across parts of the Northeast this weekend, any snowfall accumulations will be fairly light and nowhere near what we had earlier last week!
High Temperatures From Average Sunday
Here's a look at high temperatures from average on Sunday. Note that while temperatures remain a little cooler than average in the Eastern US, temperatures in the Central and Southwestern US will be well above average! Note that some locations across the Plains will be nearly 30F+ above average!
Record Warmth Continues...
With temperatures running nearly 30F+ above average across the Plains, record high temperatures may be possible there. Take a look at the 2 images below, which show the potential record highs (circled numbers) that could be set on Sunday and Monday respectively.
By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas.I don't know about you, but I am ready to wash my hands of what has been a pretty pitiful winter. Consistently warmer than average temperatures and a number of near misses has allowed the Twin Cities to rack up a 17 inch snowfall deficit this season. My kids are bummed and think it's my fault they didn't get to play in the snow enough this year. Sorry boys. I'll do better next year, I promise. Trust me, I'm a weatherman...
Speaking of warm, it'll feel like April on Sunday with breezy south winds and highs in the 50s. I wouldn't doubt it if a few locations in southwestern Minnesota hit 60 degrees! Not bad for the last full day of winter, I'll take it!
A storm system is still in the works later this week, but with temperatures flirting with 50 degrees, it appears that rain will be the predominate precipitation type as it blows through.
The extended forecast looks a little more active through the end of March, but with the way the things are going, I'm not sure snow is in our favor. Like I said, I already ditched the shovel.
Average: Low: 25F (Record: -15F set in 1875)
*Daylight Gained Since Winter Solstice (December 21st): ~3 hours & 21 minutes
1.4 Days Before Last Quarter