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  • Major winter storm aims for Minnesota tomorrow
    March has been unusually quiet so far, but that's about to change in a big way. Winter storm watches and warnings are flying for much of central Minnesota for Tuesday, which means we may soon see scenes again like the one above.March 17, 2014
  • Pothole season is here, and it really is worse than last year
    If you've been out on the roads at all in the last week, you know that much of Minnesota is in the throes of that short season between winter and road construction. We're talking about pothole season. And after this year's especially harsh winter, just how bad are the potholes? They're bad.March 17, 2014
  • Frequent March tournament snow storms largely a myth
    MPR News' Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about snow that just hasn't stopped in northeastern Minnesota, and he sheds light on whether Minnesota really does have frequent March tournament snow storms.March 14, 2014
  • Remembering Minn. climatologist Donald Baker
    Donald Baker, a climatologist at the University of Minnesota, passed away earlier this week at age 90.March 14, 2014
  • How climate change may have helped Genghis Khan
    A wet period created the fuel that the Mongol hordes needed to travel.The Daily Circuit, March 13, 2014
  • Massive Great Lakes ice and snow cover will boost lake levels in 2014
    Great Lakes water levels have approached record lows in recent years. The massive ice cover prevents wintertime evaporation. Deep winter snow pack fuels massive spring runoff, and boosts water levels in the Great Lakes. Both factors will contribute to higher water levels in 2014.March 11, 2014
  • 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

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