The month of March is always a month of change. The atmosphere responds to the increase in sun intensity by not only warming the atmosphere, but whipping up stronger storm systems responsible for heavy snow and severe weather.
Would it surprise you to know that the sun is about as strong now as it was in late September? The sun's most direct rays will cross the Equator this Thursday (Vernal Equinox), meaning it will officially be Spring in the Northern Hemisphere!
We've gained nearly 3 hours of daylight since the shortest days of the year in late December. It sure is nice having that extra hour of daylight when you get home from work or school, but I think I'm still adjusting to the time change. It's never easy losing that hour, especially with kids.
Even though the calendar says Spring, it's interesting to note that March is typically our 3rd snowiest month, averaging a little less than 11" over the past 30 years. So far this March, we've only seen 0.3", so that makes me think we're due for something.
Weather maps look more interesting as we head into early next week. It appears that there is some accumulating snow potential close to home, stay tuned!
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We've been hearing so much about the debilitating heat gripping much of the USA, the epicenter of pain over the southwestern states. There is no sign of that heat sweeping into Minnesota anytime soon. In fact I see a continued cool bias for the next 2 weeks, no prolonged warming trend (80s or hotter for days on end) until maybe the second week of July at the earliest. We're making up for a very warm start to June, it seems. Details on Cindy, which has weakened, but continues to threaten much of the Mid South and Ohio Valley with flooding rains.
Lingering showers and storms work through southern Minnesota today before more sun returns Friday. Hot & sticky weather will resume in July, it always does. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Spotty late day storms bubble up across southern Minnesota Wednesday, some of which could be a little strong. Cool exhaust on the back side of this system brings temps well below average for the upcoming weekend. Some will have a tough time reaching 70 degrees. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
It may be a few degrees too cool for the lake or pool yesterday, but I have trouble working up righteous indignation about low to mid 70s, blue sky and low humidity. Free Canadian A/C will be the rule into much of next week, while much of America sizzles, and residents of the Gulf Coast keep an eye out for serious flooding. Details in the blog.
Sunday wasn't bad at all, a little on the cool side but I didn't hear many complaints, in spite of the light showers and sprinkles that bubbled up. A stray shower is possible later today as temperatures continue 5-10F cooler than average. Making up for a warm start to June. We're watching a possible tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico - details in the blog.