Posted at 7:04 AM on February 1, 2008
by Craig Edwards
If this was July, there would be considerable hand wringing in the agricultural community about the lack of moisture in the past month across much of Minnesota. Less than a quarter inch of water content was measured in the very meager snowfall, excluding the southeast corner of the state. A good snow cover remains from December's snow in northeast Minnesota.
In the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and Redwood Falls snowfall was on the order of two inches or less for the month of January. Monitoring of the snow depth from NOAA’s Remote Sensing Center in Chanhassen paints the picture of minimal snow cover.
National snow cover
Not so with the snow to our southeast. LaCrosse, Madison and Milwaukee have had plenty of snow. In the past twenty-four hours Chicago and vicinity received nearly a foot of fresh snow. This has been one of the snowiest winters in a quarter century in Chicago.
A meteorologist gets a little gun shy about predicting snow accumulations during a snow drought. The past couple of weeks, Mother Nature teased the forecasters as snow advanced toward the Twin Cities on radar, only to fizzle. On occasion, the snow we observe on the radar is not even reaching the ground. Ice crystals are evaporating in the drier air on their descent.
The crystal ball is still a little foggy about the snowfall predicted for Monday. But we are about due for a decent accumulation on top of the old snow pack. Follow the group think on this snowfall at the NWS website as we move through the weekend.
Snow and ice potential
Posted at 8:51 AM on February 1, 2008
by Craig Edwards
The National Weather Service has posted the ranking of the snowfall and the moisture content measured at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport during January 2008. Take a look at the departure from normal on the graphic following the numerical data.1 Comments)
Posted at 3:04 PM on February 1, 2008
by Paul Huttner
BLINKING, THEN GREEN
There is a chance of light snow (generally less than an inch) late tonight into Saturday morning.
A great outdoor winter weekend with highs in the upper 20's to near 30.
Still keeping an eye out for possible snow Monday.
Get out and enjoy!
When the Weatherball is glowing red, warmer weather's just ahead.
When the Weatherball is shining white, colder weather is in sight.
When the Weatherball is wearing green, no weather changes are foreseen.
Colors blinking by night and day say, precipitation's on the way.