Tug O' War

By Todd Nelson

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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FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and colder. Low: 19

SATURDAY: Clipper potential. Coating of flakes. Few inches southeastern MN? High: 29

SUNDAY: Partly sunny, still chilly. Wake-up: 4. High: 25

MONDAY: Patchy clouds, a bit milder. Wake-up: 21. High: 39

TUESDAY: Rain/snow mix MSP. Snow north. Wake-up: 30. High: 42

WEDNESDAY: Damp start, slow clearing. Cooler. Wake-up: 25. High: 34

THURSDAY: Cloud-cluttered. No tulips yet. Wake-up: 17. High: 38