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Preliminary climate summary for March

Preliminary climate summary for March Mean temperatures for the month ranged from 5 to 9 degrees F colder than normal for most observers in the state. This was the second consecutive month with below normal mean temperatures. In fact the February-March combined mean temperatures were the coldest since 2001 for most observers. Extremes for the month ranged from -29 degrees F at Embarrass on the 17th (St Patrick's Day) to 54 degrees F at Pipestone on the 28th.

Most observers reported above normal precipitation for the month. Many reported over 2 inches, while some exceeded three inches, including 3.42 inches at Waseca, 3.27 inches at St James, and 3.04 inches at Grand Meadow. Snowfall amounts were above normal as well for most, except in southwestern counties where amounts only ranged from 3 to 7 inches. Some locations reported more than 2 feet of snowfall during the month including 26.0 inches at Ottertail, 25.7 inches at Grand Meadow, 25.5 inches at Cass Lake an…

Blizzard and more record snows

Blizzard and more record snows A strong winter storm moved across the state over Sunday night (Mar 17) through midday Tuesday (Mar 19) bringing widespread distribution of snowfall and high winds. Winds were so strong in northwestern and west central counties that blizzard conditions prevailed over March 18th, closing sections of Interstate 94 and Highway 10 for a time. Many places reported winds over 40 mph.

Some observers also reported new record snowfall amounts. On Monday, March 18th new record snowfall amounts were reported from Bemidji (6.0 inches), Rothsay (6.0 inches), Cass Lake (5.5 inches), Pelican Rapids (5.5 inches), Red Lake Falls (5.2 inches) and Collegeville (5.0 inches). Then on Tuesday, March 19th new daily snowfall records were set at Waskish (7.5 inches), Walker (5.0 inches), and Crookston (4.0 inches). The largest storm total values over the three days included 11.0 inches at Isabella, 9.0 inches at Embarrass, 8.5 inches at Kabetogama, 8.0 inches …

Record snows continue in March

Record snows continue in March Following a snowy first week of the month for many, some observers reported significant additional snowfall on March 10th and 11th this week. In some cases new record daily amounts were observed. For example on March 10th (Sunday) new record daily values for snowfall included: Cass Lake 6.0 inches, Wright 5.9 inches, Lake Winnibigoshish Dam 5.1 inches, Grand Marais 5.0 inches, Wheaton 4.3 inches, Tower 4.1 inches, Grand Portage and Ottertail 4.0 inches. Then on Monday, March 11th persistent snow showers over southeastern Minnesota counties brought some record-setting daily amounts there, including: 9.0 inches at Spring Valley, 8.5 inches at Harmony, 8.4 inches at Preston, 8.20 inches at Lanesboro, 7.2 inches at Dodge Center, 6.3 inches at Theilman, 6.1 inches at Wabasha, and 6.0 inches at Albert Lea. Yet more snow, from 2 to 4 inches in central and northern counties, fell early Thursday morning (March 14) as another Alberta Clipper cross…

Snowy start to March

Snowy start to March It appears that March will continue a wetter than normal pattern for the year across much of the state. A slow moving low pressure system brought considerable snowfall to many areas of the state over March 4-5 this week. Many observers reported a storm total of 5-10 inches. Orr reported 10.1 inches and Faribault reported 11 inches. In addition a number of observers reported water contents of the new snow to be over half an inch, including 0.68 inches at St Cloud, 0.73 inches at MSP, and 0.94 inches at Waseca.

Those reporting new record daily snowfall amounts for March 4th included: 6.0 inches at Crookston and 4.0 inches at Redwood Falls.

Among those reporting new record daily snowfalls for March 5th were: 9 inches at Cambridge and Hastings, 8.5 inches at Mora and Milaca, 8 inches at Thorhult, 7.6 inches at Duluth, 7.1 inches at Theilman, and 7 inches at Bemidji and Harmony. Among those reporting new record daily precipitation amounts for March …

Preliminary February Climate Summary

Preliminary February Climate Summary Most observers in Minnesota reported a mean monthly temperature for February that was 2 to 4 degrees cooler than normal. Since June of 2011 (a 21 month period), February 2013 is only the 2nd month with a statewide average temperature that is cooler than normal (the other was October 2012). Extremes for the month were 45 degrees F at Grand Rapids on the 27th and -39 degrees F at International Falls on the 2nd.

Precipitation was generally abundant during the month of February, except for small portions of southwestern Minnesota. It was the wettest February statewide since 2007. Many observers reported over 2 inches of precipitation, most of which came as snowfall. For some the moisture was record-setting for the month, including 2.45 inches at Breckenridge, 2.49 inches at Benson, and 2.57 inches at Rothsay. For most areas of the state February brought the most snowfall for the winter season as well. Itasca State Park, Breckenridg…