Harrison, NE – 6 inches
Custer, S.D. – 4 inches
Lusk, WY – 3.5 inches
Ardmore, S.D. – 2 inches
* photo from Damar, Kansas above courtesy of Becky Wells and the Hastings office of the NWS.
...FROST EXPECTED TONIGHT FOLLOWED BY A HARD FREEZE TOMORROW NIGHT... .TEMPERATURES WILL DROP DOWN TO AROUND FREEZING TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING ALONG RIVER VALLEY LOCATIONS WHERE THE GROWING SEASON HAS YET TO END. CLOUD COVER AND WINDY CONDITIONS WILL LIKELY PREVENT A HARD FREEZE FROM OCCURRING TONIGHT BUT TEMPERATURES WILL STILL BE COLD ENOUGH TO BE OF CONCERN FOR SENSITIVE OUTDOOR PLANTS. EXPECT TEMPERATURES TO DROP INTO THE 20S REGION WIDE SUNDAY MORNING...THUS ENDING THE GROWING SEASON.
Other significant October snowfalls and blizzards include:
October 11-14, 1820 up to 11 inches at Old Fort Snelling.
October 21-22, 1835 brought the first 6 inch snowfall of the season to Ft Snelling and was a precursor to a harsh winter for the Great Lakes Region.
October 16-18, 1880 paralyzing blizzard (drifts up to 20 feet) in southwestern Minnesota, written about by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
October 18-20, 1916 a blizzard struck northwestern Minnesota with 5 to 16 inches of snow and zero visibility.
October 23-24, 1933 brought a heavy snow to northeastern Minnesota, with amounts ranging from 7 to 11.5 inches.
October 1-2, 1950 brought 1-5 inches of snow across northwestern Minnesota counties.
October 7-11, 1970 brought some heavy snowfall to northern counties, record setting amounts of 6-14 inches for some, producing some road closures.
October 4-6, 2000 brought snow to many northern Minnesota communities. Thief River Falls, Roseau, and Littlefork reported over 2 inches, while Baudette and Thorhult reported over 3 inches.
October 24-25, 2001 a blizzard with 55 mph hit northwestern Minnesota bringing snowfall of 10-14 inches, and huge drifts.
October 12-13, 2006 brought snowfall to northeastern Minnesota, including 4-5 inches at Cook and Babbitt.
"I'm Not Going To Be Ashamed" KSTP Meteorologist Reveals Battle With Bipolar Disorder. Kudos to Ken Barlow for having the courage to come forward - and it the process help a lot of Minnesotans struggling with the same disease. Here's an excerpt from TVspy.com: "...Barlow told the Pioneer Press he first spoke about his condition while emceeing a walk for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
“When I was standing up there, I was thinking, these people came here to end the stigma of mental illness, and I’m up here living one — I’m afraid of this stigma. I thought as I was on that stage two weeks ago, I’m not going to do this anymore, I’m not going to be ashamed. Two million people have this in the country and millions of others deal with depression and other forms of mental illness. I’m not alone.”In the article, Barlow talks about being diagnosed with the illness in 2007 while he was working for WBZ in Boston."
Too Early to Panic
The (coveted) Golden Snow Shovel Award goes to Badger, Minnesota (Roseau Co.)- where 14" snow fell Thursday.
October blizzards in Minnesota are rare, but not unprecedented. According to Dr. Mark Seeley a paralyzing blizzard struck on October 16-18, 1880, with 20 foot drifts over southwestern Minnesota. Author Laura Ingalls Wilder even wrote about this epic storm.
In an era of Doppler radar, supercomputers and cell phone alerts could we be surprised by an Armistic Day-like blizzard? I want to believe the answer is no, but pinpointing snow amounts will always be more art than science.
"There is no correlation between early season snowfalls and overall winter precipitation. In fact, several of the winter seasons with early accumulating snows ended up with below normal seasonal snow totals" wrote the Grand Forks National Weather Service. Make no (snowy) assumptions, at least not yet.
A stiff breeze finally eases, setting the stage for a hard freeze tonight. Marathon temps. rise thru the 40s Sunday under a blue sky.
We need rain before the ground freezes solid, to avoid soil moisture deficits into 2013. There's a chance of some rain next weekend.
A shift in the pattern? I want to get my hopes up, but (first) I want to see a few more computer runs to see if there's any continuity. We're due for a surge of southern moisture - I hope this is real. Stay tuned.
* "Snow Baby" photo above taken by Heidi Whiting in Crookston, Minnesota.
Map credit above: "Global trends in seasonal nighttime lake surface temperatures, 1985-2009." Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Photo credit above: "British climate sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton." Photograph: Alan Porritt/EPA.