More on Tuesday's Snow
snow was certainly not an unprecedented March event. In fact, March
snow in Minneapolis typically averages nearly 11" and is considered to
be the 3rd snowiest month (on average) out of the entire year. Thanks to
the National Weather Service out of Aberdeen, SD for the image below
out of Brandt, SD. At one point yesterday, roads were being closed due
to the heavy snow and visibility in some areas through eastern SD.
Snowfall From Earlier This Week
was the snowfall map from earlier this week. Note the small pink blobs
across the snow path. These are areas that had close to 10" or more.
Selected Snow Tallies
These are just a few of the selected tallies from closer to home. The storm total at the MSP Airport was just shy of 3".
Minneapolis Snow Stats
the Twin Cities is currently nearly 12" above normal on the season.
However, even with the recent snow, the 2013-2014 snowfall season is
still well below the 3rd snowiest winter on record of 88.9" set in
Duluth Snow Stats
got missed by the heaviest snowfall with this particular system, but
the snowfall stats still got padded. The snowfall this season is up to
91.6", which is nearly 17" above normal.
Duluth Snow Stats Continued
in mind that we'd have to get to nearly 130" to see the 3rd snowiest
season on record. Note that last year (2012-2013) was the 3rd snowiest
on record for Duluth!
Signs of Spring
picture below almost looks fake, but it's not! It comes from the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park of four BIG tom turkeys strutting their
stuff in front of the ladies. I guess they'll be trying to attract the
ladies now through about April or May for mating!
Signs of Spring Continued
another sign of Spring from Atlanta, GA. Thanks to @intownexpert on
Instagram for the image below of a tree in bloom! By the way, the annual
Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. starts Thursday (first day
of Spring) and goes through April 13th:
Here's the link to the National Cherry Blossom Festival
Signs of Spring Continued
to Barbara Ann Ott for the image below out of St. Mary's PA. It appears
that the picture below was taken from a Golf Course; note the golfer on
the bottom right carrying a golf bag. Also note the fairway snowbanks.
I've heard of fairway sand traps and other golfing hazards, but the
fairway snowbank is new to me... How many extra strokes to you have to
take if you land in one?
officially arrives at 12:57pm. That's when the sun's most direct ray
actually shine over the equator. At this point of the year, there is
equal day and equal night across the globe! The word "Equinox" is
actually derived from Latin meaning equal night.
March Temperature Anomalies So Far...
certainly has been a cold month for Canada and the eastern two-thirds
of the nation. Note that the western third of the nation has actually
been above average!
2014 Tornado Count So Far...
to the cold air this March and for the beginning of the year for that
matter, the 2014 tornado count has been running below average. According
to NOAA's SPC, the 2014 count through March 18th is only 49! This is
much lower than the past couple of years and lower than the 2005-2013
average of 190.
2014 Tornado Count So Far...
a look at the tornado count comparison since 2005. Note that in 2008 we
were off to a quick start. By this time in 2008, there had already been
nearly 500 tornado reports!
this is something like I've never seen before! I think it looks like a
tumbleweed stampede! Thanks to Gil Lamb Advertising on Youtube for the
image below. The video actually showed this massive tumbleweed clump in
Texas Wind Gusts Tuesday
Here are some of the significant wind gusts from Tuesday.
Lubbock, TX Dust Storm Tuesday
strong winds earlier this week were also responsible for a big
dust storm across parts of the Southern Plains. This was the view from
Lubbock, TX airport on Tuesday. You can actually see an airplane there!
Dust Storm on Radar
is interesting. Not only does radar detect moisture in the atmosphere,
but it can also detect birds, bugs, debris and even dust! The image
below actually showed the dust storm as it neared Lubbock, TX on
3rd Wettest March for March so Far...
a side note, did you know that Seattle is at it's 3rd wettest March on
record? Seattle has seen nearly 7.7" of precipitation so this month,
which is nearly 5.6" above normal!
the weather outlook through Friday evening. Note that one storm exits
the northeastern part of the county and another enters the Upper
Mississippi Valley by later this week.
to NOAA HPC 3 day precipitation outlook. The best chance for moisture
through PM Saturday looks to be across the northern tier of the nation.
However, there is a little moisture showing up across the Lower
Winter Weather Headlines
The National Weather Service has issued a few winter weather headlines for areas along the international border.
the snow potential AM Monday. There will be several spots along the
international border that could potentially see shovelable snow by early
wish I could say that temperatures will be warming as we head into our
first weekend of Spring, but unfortunately, we look to have more of the
same. Temperatures by Sunday look to be significantly colder than
average for the eastern two-thirds of the nation.
Temperature Outlook Through the End of March
6 to 10 day temperature outlook still looks less than ideal through the
end of the month for the eastern two-thirds of the nation. The western
third of the country looks to stay warmer than average.
Thanks for checking in and have a great rest of your week! Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @TNelsonWNTV