29 F. average high on February 22.
19 F. high on February 22, 2015.
Trace of snow on the ground as of 7 PM Sunday in St. Cloud.
February 22, 1922: A blizzard, ice storm and thunderstorms all occur on the same day across Minnesota. Winds hit 50 mph in Duluth while thunderstorms were reported in the Twin Cities. Heavy ice over southeast Minnesota with 2 inches of ice on wires near Winona. Over two inches of precipitation fell. This was also one of the largest ice storms ever in Wisconsin history with ice four inches in diameter on telegraph wires. One foot of ice covered wire weighed 11 pounds. One killed and four injured in Wisconsin.
Minnesota Winters: Fastest Warming in the USA
Isolating the signal from the noise is challenging, yet essential. A single storm or frontal passage is the equivalent of a free throw shot at a Minnesota Timberwolves game. That's weather. Climate is an analysis of ALL free-throw shots at Wolves games since their founding in 1989. It's easy to get fixated on a single play, but keep your eye on the big picture; the long-term trends.
Crunching NOAA data Climate Central determined that Minnesota is the fastest warming state in the nation during the winter season. MSP has warmed 1.1F per decade since 1970. So far this winter record highs have outpaced record lows by a 3 to 2 margin across the USA. El Nino is spiking or "juicing" the background warming already underway. That accounts for thin ice on Minnesota lakes in late February.
Don't write winter off just yet; we'll see more (fleeting) spasms of frosty air. Models bring a blustery arctic front into Minnesota Saturday; a few subzero lows possible Sunday and Monday before we warm up the first week of March.
Winter is fading fast but I wouldn't retire that favorite parka just yet.
Every State's Temperature Trend for Every Season. Yes, Minnesota is warming, especially during the winter months, in fact no other state (except for possibly Alaska) is warming faster. Here's an excerpt from Climate Central: "...If you look at all four seasons across all of the Lower 48 states — for a grand total of 192 state-season combinations — there are only three instances of cooling. The Dakotas and Iowa are cooling ever so slightly in summer. Otherwise, there’s only one direction temperatures have gone: up. Snow cover in particular plays a role in why winters are heating up so fast from Montana to North Carolina. Or more specifically, it’s a lack thereof. As temperatures rise, snow is decreasing — and in many cases being replaced by rain. Replacing light snow with dark ground means more of the sun’s energy is absorbed leading to a faster increase in warming..."
Decadal Warming Rate. Map above courtesy of WXshift. Minnesota ranks first (since 1970), Wisconsin a close second during the winter season.
Average Snow Cover in the Twin Cities. 90 days a year with at least 1" or more on the ground? Here's an excerpt from Current Results: "For nearly all of winter along with some of early spring and late fall, Minneapolis has at least an inch of snow on the ground. A snowpack that gets to ten or more inches deep can cover the city anytime from November to April. The snow accumulates most during December, January and February. Typically, on six or seven days in January and in February plus another five days in December, the snow depth in Minneapolis tops ten inches..."
Photo credit above: "A farmer surveys her maize fields in Dowa, near the Malawi capital of Lilongwe, earlier this month. The country is experiencing its first maize shortage in a decade, causing prices to soar." Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters.
Americans May Think They'll Never, Ever Buy Electric SUVs or Pickups - But They Will. It's coming, and sooner than you might think. Here's an excerpt from Quartz: "...Such motorists may be surprised to hear that, when they go to replace their current vehicles in a few years, they’ll probably drive away in electrified SUVs and trucks. It’s not because they necessarily want them, nor even that automakers want to make them—after all, major car companies earned more than $50 billion in collective profit last year, a significant share of it from gas guzzlers. Perversely, the reason is the opposite—Americans love their big cars so much, they’ll have no choice but to go electric, experts say..."
Photo credit above: "Texas in the 2020s." (Mitsubishi).
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TODAY: Mostly cloudy skies. Winds: S 7-12. High: 35
MONDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds. Low: 29
TUESDAY: A light mix, slushy lawns possible. Winds: NW 8-13. High: 37
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, a drier sky. Winds: N 8-13. Wake-up: 23. High: 33
THURSDAY: Colder wind, few flurries. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 21. High: 31
FRIDAY: Peeks of sun, a quiet day. Winds: W 8-13. Wake-up: 19. High: 32
SATURDAY: Windy, sharply colder. Winds: NW 20-40. Wind chill: -10F. Wake-up: 15. High: 17
SUNDAY: Bright sun, less wind. Plenty cold. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: -2. High: 15
Image credit above: "January 2016 was Earth's hottest month yet, with the most unusually warm temperatures concentrated in the Arctic." NASA.