Weekend Snow

Here are some of the snow reports from the weekend, total snow not necessarily the final total at some locations, but they are in Fargo/Moorhead and Grand Forks (for the weekend, not including any light accumulation expected today (Monday)


FARGO/MOORHEAD (OFFICIAL)....5.3 INCHES
GRAND FORKS AIRPORT..........6.0 INCHES
NWS GRAND FORKS..............7.1 INCHES
MAYVILLE (2 E)...............9.0 INCHES

MINNESOTA....


HALSTAD...................4.5 INCHES
ROTHSAY...................5.0 INCHES
VIKING....................5.0 INCHES
GREENBUSH.................6.0 INCHES
RED LAKE FALLS............6.5 INCHES
ITASCA STATE PARK.........8.0 INCHES
SEBEKA....................8.0 INCHES
WARROAD...................8.2 INCHES
ARGYLE....................8.3 INCHES
BLACKDUCK.................8.5 INCHES
LONG LOST LAKE............8.5 INCHES
THIEF RIVER FALLS.........9.0 INCHES
KARLSTAD..................9.5 INCHES
LANCASTER.................9.5 INCHES
NEW YORK MILLS...........10.0 INCHES
OTTERTAIL................10.0 INCHES
DALTON...................11.6 INCHES
BIG PINE LAKE............12.0 INCHES
WADENA...................14.0 INCHES
GEORGETOWN................3.5 INCHES
DETROIT LAKES.............8.0 INCHES
WASKISH...................8.0 INCHES
BLACKDUCK.................8.0 INCHES
BEMIDJI...................9.0 INCHES
KARLSTAD..................9.5 INCHES
FERGUS FALLS..............10.0 INCHES
CAMPBELL..................10.5 INCHES
KELLIHER..................13.0 INCHES
ADA/BORUP.................4.0 INCHES
BARNESVILLE 5 NE..........4.0 INCHES
TWIN VALLEY 5 NE..........4.5 INCHES
MAHNOMEN..................6.0 INCHES (SHERIFF OFFICE)
NIELSVILLE/SHELLY.........7.0 INCHES
FOSSTON...................8.0 INCHES
CROOKSTON.................9.5 INCHES (RADIO STATION)
PARK RAPIDS...............9-12 INCHES COUNTY WIDE (SHERIFF OFFICE)
BAGLEY....................10.5 INCHES
ELBOW LAKE................12.0 INCHES (SHERIFF OFFICE)
BARNESVILLE...............4.0 INCHES
FARGO/MOORHEAD............5.3 INCHES
HAWLEY 7 SE...............6.0 INCHES
DETROIT LAKES 12 E........11.0 INCHES
THORNHULT.................10.0 INCHES


...NORTH DAKOTA...


SARLES PORT OF ENTRY......2.5 INCHES
CAVALIER 7 NW.............3.0 INCHES
STARKWEATHER..............3.0 INCHES
EDMORE....................3.0 INCHES
VALLEY CITY...............3.0 INCHES
MICHIGAN..................3.5 INCHES
LANGDON...................4.0 INCHES
LANKIN....................4.0 INCHES
LIDGERWOOD................5.0 INCHES
CAYUGA....................5.0 INCHES
FORMAN....................6.0 INCHES
MCHENRY...................6.0 INCHES
MAYVILLE..................6.0 INCHES
LISBON....................6.2 INCHES
PEMBINA...................7.0 INCHES
GRAND FORKS SE............7.0 INCHES
MANTADOR..................8.0 INCHES
HAVANA....................10.8 INCHES
BISBEE....................1.5 INCHES
ESMOND....................2.0 INCHES
OBERON....................2.5 INCHES
FINLEY....................4.0 INCHES
ROGERS....................5.0 INCHES
MCHENRY...................6.0 INCHES
ECKELSON..................7.0 INCHES
ORISKA....................7.0 INCHES
HOPE......................7.5 INCHES
SHARON....................8.0 INCHES
FINGAL....................8.0 INCHES
ENDERLIN..................9.0 INCHES
COOPERSTOWN...............9.0 INCHES

February Snow Storms

Catch our latest forecast on WDAY or WDAZ-TV and AM 970 about what is expected for us this weekend, but large February storms are not as common as other months, granted, a part of that is the month is 10% shorter than other winter months, but the Twin Cities could get a big one this weekend.  The National Weather Service in Minneapolis put out this historical reference that I thought you would find interesting…

SNOWFALL EVENTS WITH OVER A FOOT OF ACCUMULATION HAVE OCCURRED
TEN TIMES DURING THE HISTORICAL PERIOD OF RECORD (DATING BACK TO
1891) FOR THE TWIN CITIES METROPOLITAN AREA. HOWEVER...THERE HAS
NEVER BEEN A SNOWFALL EVENT WITH OVER 12 INCHES DURING THE MONTH
OF FEBRUARY. HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

SNOWFALL EVENT EXTREMES FOR MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL (KMSP)

SNOWFALL GREATER THAN 12 INCHES:

MARCH 8 1999
NOVEMBER 29 1991
NOVEMBER 1 1991 (HALLOWEEN BLIZZARD)
MARCH 31 1985
MARCH 3 1985
APRIL 14 1983
JANUARY 22 1982
JANUARY 20 1982
MARCH 22 1952
NOVEMBER 11 1940 (ARMISTICE DAY BLIZZARD)

SNOWFALL GREATER THAN 15 INCHES:

NOVEMBER 1 1991 (HALLOWEEN BLIZZARD)
JANUARY 22 1982
JANUARY 20 1982
NOVEMBER 12 1940 (ARMISTICE DAY BLIZZARD)

SNOWFALL GREATER THAN 18 INCHES:

NOVEMBER 1 1991 (HALLOWEEN BLIZZARD)

Above

Yesterday, the 17th of February the average temperature for the day was 1 degree above the 30 year average for the date.  Not impressive for sure, but it was the first day of the month with the temperature being above average for the day.  Maybe it’s something we can build on. 

Anyway, the entire upcoming week looks above average temperature wise, so mild in other words.  We’ll be keeping a close eye on a storm that will be developing toward the end of the week for the potential of some snow to go along with the warmer temperatures.

Cold First Half

Yes, the first half of the month of February has been cold, real cold. We’re currently averaging -17 degrees below the 30 year average for the month. Everyday has been below average, some more so than others. Below is a chart of the Max/Min temperature each day of the month so far, plus the average temperature for the day and then the departure from average for each day. You’ll notice many days we’ve been more than 20 degrees below the average for that day. Next week looks more promising, but all in all, the cold snap, although not as severe perhaps on some days, will definitely linger through this weekend.

 DAY MAX MIN AVG DEP 
==================

1 8 -10 -1 -10
2 5 -13 -4 -13
3 -9 -23 -16 -26
4 -9 -23 -16 -26
5 -5 -24 -14 -25
6 5 -20 -7 -18
7 -6 -28 -17 -28
8 1 -22 -10 -22
9 -2 -19 -10 -22
10 11 -20 -4 -16
11 13 3 8 -5
12 3 -8 -2 -15
13 -3 -17 -10 -23
14 2 -16 -7 -21
15 6 -17 -5 -19

Denver Snow

I was asked yesterday if their is snow still on the ground in Denver, Colorado. The answer is a definite yes! As a matter of fact, Denver is getting close to breaking their record for the longest stretch with snow on the ground. Here is a statement from the National Weather Service office that serves the Denver area:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT…UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO
445 PM MST MON FEB 12 2007

..DENVER’S CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF SNOW COVER CONTINUES…
54 CONSECUTIVE DAYS..3RD MOST DAYS
2ND ON THE LIST IS 60 DAYS

THE STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF SNOW COVER IN DENVER NOW STANDS AT 54 DAYS. AS OF MONDAY…FEBRUARY 12TH…54
CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF MEASURABLE SNOW COVER HAS BEEN RECORDED KEEPING THE
CURRENT STREAK IN 3RD MOST CONSECUTIVE SNOW COVERED DAYS
. SIXTY CONSECUTIVE DAYS CURRENTLY HOLDS DOWN 2ND PLACE.
BUT THE CURRENT STREAK WILL CONTINUE AS MORE SNOW IS EXPECTED BY MID
WEEK AND COLDER TEMPERATURES ARE ALSO IN THE FORECAST THROUGH THE END
OF THE WEEK.

MEASURABLE SNOW IS DEFINED AS HAVING
AT LEAST ONE INCH OF SNOW ON THE GROUND WHICH IS MEASURED NEAR THE
FORMER STAPLETON INTERNATONAL AIRPORT.

THE
LONGEST STRETCH OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH MEASURABLE SNOW COVER IN
DENVER WAS 63 DAYS FROM NOVEMBER 26TH 1983 THROUGH JANUARY 27TH 1984.
THAT RECORD SETTING PERIOD WAS MAINLY THE RESULT OF THE THANKSGIVING
WEEKEND BLIZZARD THAT DUMPED 21.5 INCHES OF SNOW OVER A TWO DAY
PERIOD. IN FACT…MOST OF THE SIGNIFICANT PERIODS OF SNOW COVER BEGAN
WITH A MAJOR WINTER STORM JUST LIKE THE DECEMBER 20-21 2006 BLIZZARD.
ALSO NOTE HOW MOST OF THESE LONG STREAKS BEGAN IN OR NEAR THE MONTH OF
DECEMBER…WHEN THE DAYS ARE SHORTEST AND THE SUN ANGLE IS LOWEST .

HERE IS A LIST OF THE TOP 10 PERIODS OF CONSECUTIVE SNOW COVER IN DENVER…

NUMBER OF DAYS INCLUSIVE DATES

63 DAYS………………………………NOVEMBER 26 1983 – JANUARY 27 1984
60 DAYS………………………………DECEMBER 1 1913 – JANUARY 29 1914
54 DAYS AND COUNTING……DECEMBER 21 2006 – FEBRUARY 12 2007 (Updated)
48 DAYS………………………………DECEMBER 24 1982 – FEBRUARY 9 1983
43 DAYS………………………………DECEMBER 19 1973 – JANUARY 30 1974
39 DAYS………………………………NOVEMBER 21 1992 – DECEMBER 29 1992
38 DAYS………………………………DECEMBER 24 1987 – JANUARY 30 1988
35 DAYS……………………………..JANUARY 2 1949 – FEBRUARY 5 1949
33 DAYS………………………………DECEMBER 17 1918 – JANUARY 18 1919

Snow Advisory

A Snow Advisory, where 2-5" of snow will fall, is out for areas southwest of Fargo/Moorhead.  The southern valley may get a bit of snow, but the worst of it will remain well to our south and west.

Stuck

It doesn’t take a meteorologist to tell you we’ve been stuck in a rut lately. It’s been 10 days of temperatures averaging nearly 20 degrees below seasonal averages. When will the pattern break? It appears it will take several more days for the upper-air patterns over North America change enough to warm us up.  If current thinking is correct we’ll have to wait until next weekend for a significant change to our pattern.