Posted at 12:30 PM on October 31, 2011
by Jon Gordon
Filed under: Climate
What's the likelihood we could see another storm like that of October 31, 1991 anytime soon?
There's a bit of a difference of opinion on that from the meteorologists we trust most.
"No, emphatically no!" said Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota climatologist and meteorologist, on Midday last week.
"That was a one-off storm lasting from October 31st to November 3rd. A long-duration storm, nearly two and a half feet of snow in the Twin Cities area and over three feet of snow in the Duluth area, near zero-visibility at times. A very, very difficult situation, but a one-off. We don't have a historical analogy for that storm, and I don't expect a storm of that caliber would re-occur for a long time. We only have two or three occurrences of October blizzards in our history."
"Yes, it's possible...We've just last winter set two of the top 15 all-time snowstorms for the Twin Cities. So yeah, it can happen. I think it may be a while but it could certainly happen again in the next 20 or 30 years."