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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Sunday will be another extremely mild day with highs bumping up close to 60 degrees across much of southern Minnesota. Record highs will likely fall again for many locations through early next week, before big changes arrive late next week. Long range weather models are still trying to latch onto plowable snowfall across parts of the Upper Midwest Thursday into Friday. It's still way too early to tell what the powerful Pacific storm will do when it plows through, but stay tuned. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Enjoy the mild weather while you can. Long range forecast models are suggesting the potential of accumulating snow across parts of the Upper Midwest late next week. Talk about weather whiplash. Good grief. Stay tuned for more on that. Happy grilling. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
we have a good shot at hitting 60 degrees across much of southern Minnesota! If we hit 60 degrees in the Twin Cities on Friday, it'll be the first 60 since last fall; November 16. Note that it will only be the 5th time the cities has hit 60 in February! Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
March and April-like temperatures begin streaming into the region Thursday with highs in the 40s and 50s through early next week. Incredibly, some across southern Minnesota could reach 60 degrees on Friday! Record high temps will likely fall on Friday, but we have a chance at more record warmth through Monday. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Weather conditions remain mostly dry and quiet over the next few days with slightly cooler temps today. A dramatic warm up settles in later this week with highs approaching 60 degrees across parts of southern MN Friday. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson