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  • They're melting! Great Lakes come close, but miss ice record
    The latest data from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory show the lakes are about 84 percent ice-covered, down from a peak this season of just over 92 percent and well short of the 95 percent high mark sent in 1979.March 11, 2014
  • Warmup causes minor flooding in Twin Cities
    Weeks of heavy snow and bitter cold blocked storm sewer catch basins that normally drain melting water from curbs and gutters.March 10, 2014
  • Minnesota is melting...slowly
    "We'll make a run at 50 today in the metro for the first time in nearly four months," writes Paul Huttner on Updraft. "A milder start and plenty of sun will give us a good shot. The deep snow cover will be the limiting factor to just how warm we can get. Most of Minnesota is still living on a glacier." The Pacific air mass overhead is plenty mild enough to support temps well into the 50s today in southwest Minnesota, with 70s again today in western Iowa and Nebraska.March 10, 2014
  • Warm weather ushers in ice monster season
    With the warmer temperatures, we eagerly await the attack of the ice monsters on the larger lakes in Minnesota.March 10, 2014
  • Frozen lakes, deep winter take a toll on swans, other wildlife
    Deep snow and record cold have taken an unusual toll on wildlife this winter. With lakes so deeply frozen this year, swans and other birds are having a hard time finding open water. "They have to stand on ice a lot more than they usually would have to. And that's really hard on their feet," said Agnes Hutchinson of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.March 7, 2014
  • March starts cold but a warm-up is on the way
    It's a continuation of a long, cold winter which has left a snow depth that hasn't been seen in many parts of the state since 1950. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about a frigid and snowy start for March in Minnesota.March 7, 2014
  • El Nino could ease US weather woes but cause big problems, too
    The warming, called an El Nino, is expected to lead to fewer Atlantic hurricanes and more rain next winter for drought-stricken California and southern states, and even a milder winter for the nation's frigid northern tier next year, meteorologists say.March 6, 2014
  • The myths and true costs of climate change
    On this week's edition of Climate Cast, we look at the top myths about climate change, the cost of hardening the electrical grid and China's nuclear winter.The Daily Circuit, March 6, 2014
  • Milder temps moving in, Great Lakes ice nears record
    It makes perfect sense. Throw the coldest winter in 35 years at the Upper Midwest and you get the greatest ice cover in 35 years on the Great Lakes. A full 91.8 percent of the Great Lakes is now ice choked. Outside of that, however, it looks like a warming trend is on the way.March 6, 2014
  • St. Paul about to begin towing cars that violate parking ban
    The City of St. Paul says it will begin towing away cars that violate the city's even-side parking ban as early as today.March 4, 2014
  • How do you know it's a terrible winter?
    We bring expert opinions to the topic of just how terrible this winter has been.The Daily Circuit, March 4, 2014
  • Does cold weather freeze spending?
    We look at the relationship between the business climate and the ... um ... climate.The Daily Circuit, March 3, 2014
  • 9th coldest winter eases with 30s ahead
    We warm up this week, but pay for it with a few snowy dustings. The first wave of light snow rolls in this afternoon and evening. It should be less than an inch in most areas but keeps streets slick this evening.March 3, 2014
  • St. Paul has exceeded snow removal budget
    Mayor Chris Coleman says cold temperatures have prevented the snow from melting, exacerbating the situation. "All I can think of is this is the winter of our discontent that simply refuses to end, apparently," Coleman said.February 28, 2014
  • Multi-car crash closes I-35 in Lakeville
    I-35 northbound in Lakeville has been closed this afternoon because of a pile-up in the snowstorm.February 28, 2014

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