Here's one thing I've discovered the hard way. Minnesota Nice quickly evaporates when you try to share warm weather travel experiences in late February. "Paul, you can (deleted) your (bleeped) and [censored] your tropical weather patterns!"
Now it's all about collective suffering - and surviving long enough to take in any kind of spring break. 10th coldest meteorological winter to date....and counting. That makes this the coldest stretch since December 21 since the brutal winter of 1978-1979, according to the Minnesota Climatology Working Group.
Oh yeah, on paper the 90 coldest days of the year, on average, should come to an end Saturday. Uh huh. Old Man Winter doesn't seem to care. He's stuck in a supernaturally persistent rut; the jet stream remains locked. Natural atmospheric variability, the natural ebb & flow of warm and cold, has been replaced by perpetually polar air - while much of the rest of North America runs a low-grade fever.
Windchill Advisories are in effect today; we may not climb above 0F with a chill factor dipping to -30F. Blizzard Warnings are posted just west of MSP for low visibility in blowing/drifting snow. Highly unusual for late February. Then again, highly unusual is the new normal.
Models hint at 30s by mid-March, but I've lost my faith in long-range models this winter. So far it's been meteorological bait and switch. The honest answer? It WILL warm up. I'm just not sure when.
* Photo above of "Chewie" from Steve Erdahl at the Mtka Yacht Club House on February 23.
All-Time Records Next 7 Days (average high at MSP on February 27 is 33F, average low is 18F)