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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After a beautiful Saturday, a weak storm system will push through the region prompting a bit of a breeze Sunday. There will be a noticeable nip to the air. Clouds and a few showers will be found in far northern Minnesota, while most of us stay dry through Monday. A cool rain arrives late Tuesday with some 1 to nearly 2 inch rain amounts possible across southern Minnesota through midweek. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Here we go, fall the way we knew it could be. That means low to mid 60s with some sunshine streaming through today - a few more clouds and more wind tomorrow, but all in all fairly quiet for late October. A little rain is expected the middle of next week; warming up nicely 1 week from today before cooling off for Halloween. No blizzards brewing for October 31 this year...
Yes, La Nina correlates with colder, wetter (snowier) weather for northern tier states, and that could mean a better chance of happy snowmobilers and cross country skiers this winter. Average snow would be nice, about 54", give or take. Odds favor a tougher winter than last year, but I wouldn't assume worst-case (polar vortex) scenarios just yet...
It actually feels like October out there. Soak up the chill because a mild bias continues as far ahead as we can see, certainly into the first week or two of November. Snow? I don't see it - in fact many suburbs within 20 miles of the downtowns will remain frost-free for another week or two. As has been the trend in recent years we're getting another Super-Sized Autumn
Tuesday was extraordinary (nice not to be tracking red blobs on Doppler radar). Today looks a bit cooler, and you may even need a sweatshirt or light jacket by Thursday morning. If you can avoid a frost Friday morning odds are your yard will remain frost-free into next week, maybe Halloween at the rate we're going.