Here's a great webcam shot from the National Weather Service out of Binghamton, NY where earlier Tuesday, they reported 11.6" of snow in a 4 hour time frame! Now that's intense!
Long Grocery Store Lines Before the Storm
Here's the visible satellite loop from Tuesday, which showed mostly sunny skies across the region. Note the whiter coloring across the southern half of the state, this is from the recent heavy snow that fell Sunday into AM Monday. The Minnesota River Valley can be seen very plainly as well as the ice covered lakes of Mille Lacs, Leech and Upper/Low Red Lakes.
Beware the Ides of March. Chilly Sun Continues
By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas
The time change is goofing me up. Not sure I've officially made the transitions and I know for a fact my young kids haven't. I was questioned at bedtime earlier this week; Why are you sending me to bed when it is still light outside?
Despite the increased difficulties in tricking my kids to bed, I do enjoy the later sunsets. Note that we've gained a little more than 3 hours of daylight since the Winter Solstice on December 21st. Interestingly, we are gaining nearly 3 minutes of daylight per day as we approach the Vernal Equinox on Monday.
A major snow event wraps up Wednesday in the Northeast. Widespread 1 to 2 foot amount with wind gusts nearing 60 mph created quite a wintry mess there. Colder than average temperatures in the wake of the storm system keep us chilly through today, but 40s return by the end of the week with a shot at 50 degrees by Sunday.
March can be a fickle month, no question. Heavy snow, freezing temperatures and summer heat are all possible. Do you remember St. Patty's Day 2012 when we hit 80 degrees? Lucky...
WEDNESDAY: Chilly, more PM clouds. Winds: SSW 5. High: 32
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and quiet. Not as cold. Winds: S 5. Low: 21
THURSDAY: Warmer. Few PM sprinkles/showers. Winds: SSE 5-10. High: 44
FRIDAY: Breezy. Lingering sprinkles/flurries. Winds: NW 15-25. Wake-up: 33. High: 44
SATURDAY: Winds subside late. Gradual clearing. Winds: NNW 10-15. Wake-up: 26. High: 45
SUNDAY: Winds pick up again. Hazy sunshine. Winds: NNW 10-15. Wake-up: 29. High: 50
MONDAY: Light wintry mix early. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 34. High: 50
TUESDAY: Partly sunny and breezy. Winds: WNW 10-20. Wake-up: 31. High: 48.
This Day in Weather History
1941: The 'Ides of March Blizzard' occurs. Winds reached hurricane force at Twin Cities. 32 people died.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 41F (Record: 70F set in 2015)
Average: Low: 24F (Record: -7F set in 1897)
*Record Snowfall: 5.0" set in 1899
Sunrise Sunset Times For Minneapolis
*Daylight Gained Since Yesterday: ~3 minutes & 9 seconds
*Daylight Gained Since Winter Solstice (December 21st): ~3 hours & 08 minutes
Moon Phase for March 15th at Midnight
2.7 Days After Full Worm Moon
Weather Outlook For Wednesday
High temperatures on Wednesday will be quite chilly across the region with highs across the state in the 30s, which will be 5 to 10 degrees below average. A light wind will still make it feel like the 10s and 20s across the state, but the nice thing about this time of the year is that the sun is as strong as it was in September, so any sunshine helps to make it feel a little warmer!
Weather Outlook For Wednesday
Winds won't be an issue on Wednesday across much of the state, but they do pick up a little across the MN and Dakotas border with gusts approaching 20mph by midday and through the afternoon. The southerly direction will help initiate the warming across the region, which will be gradual, but warmer weather is on the way.
Mostly sunny skies will be with us for much of the day Wednesday, but clouds will thicken up from the west late in the day. This will be ahead of a light precipitation chance that moves in across the northern half of the state on Thursday.
Here's the temperature outlook through March 24th, which shows gradually warming temperatures through the end of the week with a few chances of hitting 50F around the weekend. The extended forecast shows readings falling back into the 30s late next week.
8 to 14 Day Temperature Outlook
According to NOAA's CPC, the 8 to 14 day temperature outlook suggests warmer than average temperatures moving in across much of the Upper Midwest from March 24th - 28th. Note that the average high in the Twin Cities through the last week of March is typically in the mid to upper 40s, so if we do happen to get into above average temperatures, readings could be pushing 50F or better!
Here's the 8 to 14 day temperature outlook, which takes us into the end of March. Note that much warmer than average temperatures look to continue over the central of the nation, while the Northeast and parts of California look to be below average.
Here's the national weather outlook through the end of the week, which shows the major Northeast storm fading on Wednesday, while a system pushes through the Pacific Northwest and into the Midwest later this week. Meanwhile. The southern half of the country looks to stay mostly quiet with no major severe weather events unfolding anytime soon.
More rounds of heavier Pacific moisture will continue to push into the Northwest over the next few days with heavier rain along the coast and some mountain snow.
According to NOAA's WPC, the 5 day precipitation forecast suggests widespread 3" to 6"+ precipitation amounts across parts of the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, heavy precipitation will wrap up in the Northeast through the midweek time frame with another surge of moisture moving in late week and weekend ahead.
Here's the snowfall potential through the end of next weekend, which shows heavy snow wrapping up in the Northeast through midweek, while pockets of heavy snow develop in the Mountains out west.
“We know that the impacts of increases in temperature, floods and sea-level rise trickle down within and across sectors affecting people, assets and our social and economic interactions,” says Dr Lawrence. “And as these changes become more frequent, like heavy rainfall, and as the sea-levels rise and the effects increase from storm surges, we’re going to have less time to recover from them—which will also have cumulative consequences. “We need to make sure that we’re thinking about the interconnections. The impacts themselves cascade, but policy responses can also cascade if the interconnections are not factored in.”
"Penn State researchers study salamanders to learn about climate change"
"Researchers at Penn State have taken a unique approach to climate change studies by studying its effects on salamanders, specifically the red-backed salamander. Like all amphibians, salamanders breathe through their skin, which means they require specific habitat conditions in order to survive making them a good choice to study the effects of climate change. Furthermore, the red-backed salamander is the most abundant species in the eastern United States, which means they contribute a large amount of biomass to the environment and can serve as an indicator of forest health. “One of the things we are interested in figuring out is, do they have any evidence of being locally adapted to the climate changes they experience across the range,” Muñoz said. For example, if the salamanders in Virginia are warm-adapted compared to those in Canada, it might be beneficial to introduce those genes to the Canadian populations when considering management options."
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