Great, one more thing to obsess about. Zika virus? Probably not a problem here in the Mosquito Capital of the Free World. It's easy to lapse into gloom and doom, but I was encouraged after Thursday's 3rd Annual Minnesota Climate Adaptation Conference in Minneapolis. Minnesota cities, Fortune 500 companies, state agencies and nonprofits are already spinning up solutions that will leave us more resilient, no matter what Mother Nature hurls at us — technologies, services and products we'll export to the rest of the world.
John Lenters at LimnoTech presented a paper showing Lake Superior warming six times faster than the global average. Ice thickness this winter is half the average amount, comparable to 2012 and 1998, the last time we came out of a major El Niño.
A sloppy mix may fall tonight, even a few hours of rain or drizzle by Sunday. Odd for late January. Models still point to a plowable snow Tuesday p.m. into early Wednesday. It won't be Snowzilla, but it may be just enough powder to cheer up snow lovers.
Within eight to 10 days it should feel like winter again.