I suspect a conspiracy, a vast cover-up. This winter is turning into a snowbird machine. People who never considered moving to Scottsdale or Ft. Myers are starting to do the math.
Minnesota is home for me, but I find myself accepting odd speaking requests in warmer climes, anxious to learn more about the intricacies of tropical meteorology. Any excuse to escape.
Primal scream time: today is the 50th subzero morning of winter. Average is closer to 27. Oddly enough no record lows in the Twin Cities metro this winter, but cold enough. NOAA reports the 9th coldest meteorological winter on record in Twin Cities but 4th coldest at St. Cloud (62 subzero lows) and the coldest on record at Eau Claire.
TPT Almanac boss Brendan Henehan reminded me that -15F Sunday morning marked the coldest March temperature since 1962.
Steve Reckers of New Hope reports the coldest February at New Hope since he started keeping records in the mid-50s.
We are so due for a thaw. I can't promise robins and daffodils anytime soon, but 30s are showing up on the 7-Day.
Then again there are advantages to being frozen in time. Fewer ice dams and spring flood warnings. Be careful what you wish for in 2014.
* File photo: WJON AM 1240 in St. Cloud.
"I have just witnessed a truly remarkable Feb., the likes of which I am quite sure I will never witness again. It turned out to be the coldest Feb. in my record at 7.8 dating back to the mid 50s (see attached). The second coldest was 1989 at 8.6 and third coldest was 1979 at 8.7. The Dec.-Feb. winter was the second coldest at 8.5, 1978/79 was the coldest at 7.9 Today marks the 57th day of zero or below beating the record set in 78/79 at 56. Just counting below zero temps. I now have recorded 54."
- Steve Reckers, New Hope Weather Observer
States of Emergency
- Declared in Delaware
- Mississippi Governor declared one for northern MS
- Federal offices in Washington DC closed due to heavy snow and ice risk
- DC schools, along with those in Howard and Charles Counties in nearby Maryland, are also closed today.
- Fairfax County (VA) schools/offices closed today
- University of Oklahoma closing campus for today
* Thanks to Chris Bianchi at WeatherNation for the update.
"In the past 75 years --according to my tally-- there have been sixteen days in March in the Twin Cities when the temp was 10 below or colder. We are expected to add two more to this historic number this weekend. The National Weather Service forecast lows for (Saturday night) and Sunday night in the Twin Cities is 14 below. If it gets to -12F either night it will be the coldest Twin Cities March temp since 1962. And this weekend will almost surely constitute the coldest back-to-back March nights in the Twin Cities since 1948. But don't worry... the record for the coldest Twin Cities March temp in the past 75 years is safe and secure. On March 1, 1962 the mercury dipped to 32 below in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Let's let that one stay a record."
Full List of -10 and Colder Twin Cities March Readings since 1939
File Photo above: "An aerial view of the Neisse river near Goerlitz, Eastern Germany, photographed on Sunday Aug. 8, 2010. The flooding in central Europe has struck an area near the borders of Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic." (AP Photo/ddp/ Jens Schlueter).
Pan and scan
Keep your eyes scanning the roadway to avoid road debris and look out for disabled vehicles in reduced-visibility conditions.
Driving at reduced speeds helps you prepare for sudden stops due to debris and other hazards. Reduce your speed -- particularly as you drive through puddles..."