The symptoms of a warmer, more volatile climate will be harder to dismiss or deny as time goes on. This is just the tip of the (mushy) iceberg.
Like shorter, easier winters. Not every winter, but most. Erratic snows, more midwinter rain and ice events. Even thunder and lightning, when you least expect it.
Friday’s cracks of thunder were unusual. Pete Boulay, at the Minnesota State Climate Office, said it was the first February thunder since Feb. 25, 2000. It happens about once a decade, but earlier springs could make for a confusing March.
We dry out today with less wind, peeks of sun and low 40s. The pattern favors big storms detouring across the Deep South, turning up the East Coast. Nothing but a few ornamental flurries here Tuesday.
Weather forecasters like it when models agree. NOAA’s GFS predicts a quick shot of arctic air next Friday; maybe one night below zero. But the ECMWF (European) shows a brief, glancing blow of chilly air, with a shot at 50 degrees a week from tomorrow. Winter is fading fast.