Here's how my Monday started; a tweet from the city of Shorewood: "We need snow! You are letting us down for our Arctic Fever Festival this weekend in Shorewood, Tonka Bay & Excelsior. Don't you have a special dance you can do?" I wish it was that simple. And you've never seen me dance.
Picture a guy having convulsions while snapping his fingers.
If I could dance, or kick the Doppler, push a button to end our drought, I would in a heartbeat.
We're at the mercy of larger patterns. Until Pacific storms carve out a persistent trough of low pressure over the Rockies, and steering winds howl from New Mexico and Texas, it's going to be tough getting significant moisture in here.
At least we've picked up 16.9 inches this winter at KMSP. Chicago has seen just over 1 inch. The drought signal is still holding strong.
A dusting of flurries is possible Wednesday as temperatures try to thaw; more 30s possible Friday. A couple inches of dry, fluffy, powdery snow may fall Monday as the coldest air of winter cascades south. Highs may hold below 0 over much of Minnesota next Monday & Tuesday. Temperatures rebound nicely by late January.
Next week we'll all be dancing (and snapping our fingers?) just to stay warm.
3.7" snow so far this season at Kansas City.
1.3" snow so far this winter in Chicago.
35 F. low at LAX International Airport in Los Angeles Monday morning, the coldest in 23 years - tying the old record low set in 1990. The all-time record low for L.A.? 28, most recently set in 1949. NBC Southern California has details.
* here's a chronological look at all the climate segments I've prepared, available on YouTube (latest clips at screen bottom).
are not unusual for the area. The primary cause for the warmup is the configuration of the Jet Stream, the fast-moving river of air that circles the Earth and drives the weather below."
"I begin my morning with your column (wanting to know when I get to use my snowmachine!). Do you have powers to make that happen? Quick question on the precipitation per 24 hours. It is written as mm/24 hours but for instance on Sunday you are predicting the possibility of a couple of inches yet the 3.5mm/24 hours only amounts .14inches. Is there something I am missing here in terms of precipitation and snowfall amounts?"
Hi Levi - I appreciate you being a loyal reader; and wish I could hit a button and make it snow. Next company? The lawyers would have a field-day with that. Your question is a good one, and here is why (IF) it snows Sunday amounts could be more than .14" liquid would imply. When it's bitterly cold (single digits or teens) snowfall ratios can be close to 30 to 1; 30" of snow for every inch of liquid precipitation. Around 30 F. that ratio is closer to 10 to 1. So assuming we do see a vigorous clipper out ahead of what may be the coldest front of winter, that .14" could wind up being 2 or even 3" of light, fluffy, powdery snow. The colder the temperature, the more air between the flakes - like a featherbed the snow gets pumped up. Nothing definite yet. That old adage "when in a drought don't forecast rain...or snow" is ringing in my ears. Stay tuned.
Photo credit above: "Between 30% and 50% or 1.2-2bn tonnes of food produced around the world never makes it on to a plate." Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian
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Minnesota experienced in 2011:
- Record-breaking heat in 13 counties and a total of 16 broken heat records
- Record-breaking rainfall in 21 counties and a total of 34 broken rainfall records
- Record-breaking snow in 16 counties and a total of 21 broken snowfall records
- Extreme flooding