Siberia Part II

About a month ago, I wrote about how the Northern Hemisphere experienced a Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event and how this might have lead to bitterly cold weather around mid-February for our area. The SSW was the strongest observed in 30 years with temperatures in the stratosphere rising by nearly 80 degrees in the course…
Read More

0

Quiet Februaries

February tends to be the least active of the three principal months of winter. The North American continent this time of year is just beginning to release it’s grip on winter. Most Februaries, North Dakota and Minnesota will experience weaker upper-level wind blowing from the northwest which form storms with little moisture. The arctic remains…
Read More

0

Thundersnow!

When last week’s storm moved through the area, several people contacted the WDAY Stormtracker weather center reporting lightning and hearing thunder. Almost every winter some part of this area will hear a few rumbles of thunder, but this time of year it is usually associated with snowfall. The first recorded observation of thundersnow in this…
Read More

0

Snow Melt

Last week’s mild temperatures and corresponding snowmelt prompted the question as to how long does it take for our snow to melt each spring. As we learned last week, when the conditions are favorable, the snow pack can decrease quickly. Of course, each winter brings not only different snow amounts, but also differing snow types…
Read More

0

Cold Snow

We are now 54 days passed the Winter Solstice and the days are getting noticeably longer and the Sun is getting higher in the sky each day. The Sun angle now is the equivalent to what we experienced on Halloween. Yet with the same amount of solar energy striking our area as late October, our…
Read More

0