Sunday, March 18, 2018

Does Winter Have Any Gas Left in the Tank?

Snow lovers in the Twin Cities are hoping that winter has one last gasp. Does it?

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Twin Cities Schools Close Ahead of Storm - Appropriate for the Bold North?

As I write this, it's approximately 12 hours before rain is expected to change to snow in the Twin Cities. Also as of this writing, Twin Cities school are closing like dominoes. It started with St. Paul Public Schools; other systems have followed. Even St. Kate's, whose students wouldn't have the same childcare complications to consider, announced it will be closed.

We all know that this is in response to what happened in St. Paul during the storm in late January, when some students didn't get home until well after the dinner hour. Vigilance is obviously appropriate but it's shocking that so many schools aren't at least waiting until the morning to decide.

From this weather enthusiast's perspective, a heavy snow doesn't appear to be a lock, particularly given the unknowns regarding precipitation changeover. And when you factor in the relative warmth of the last several days and the fact that temperatures are forecast to merely flirt within a degree or two of the freezing mark (meaning chemicals should work well), it just doesn't feel like the potential for a crippling storm (such as what we experienced on Jan. 22) is high enough to merit school closing the night before the event.

The real question is what this means for the future. Despite climate change, it's still going to snow in the Twin Cities. Traffic congestion will only get worse as the area continues to grow. And liability concerns aren't going to go away any time soon. Is it possible that this scenario will play out more often in the future? Will we look back on the Jan. 22 storm as some sort of a tipping point when an abundance of caution surpassed the we-can-deal-with-this attitude on which so many Minnesotans pride themselves?

Put more succinctly: is this still the bold north?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Snowiest Week of the Year?

Snow lovers in Minnesota can hardly contain themselves as two significant snowstorms, nearly back-to-back, appear headed for the Twin Cities. For some background on the possibilities, check out the video we did with Tom Novak. Happy storm watching!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Post Super Bowl Weather

Now that that big event is out of the way, the focus turns to weather for the last third of winter. What will it bring?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Big Storm in the Rear Mirror, What's Ahead?

After the Twin Cities received its biggest snowfall in seven years in a storm that seemed to have slightly exceeded expectations, what's left to look forward to? Perhaps we focus on Super Bowl weather and the focus of the national media on the city's arctic reputation.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Probabilistic Thinking

As some of you know, I'm a big fan of probabilistic forecasting and the work of the Capital Weather Gang when it comes to snow forecasts. Here are the high, low and expected snowfall forecasts for MSP as of Friday morning for the Sunday/Monday event.

Did you miss our last video with Novak Weather?

Happy storm track monitoring!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Unlikely Possibilities?

A shocking Vikings victory has the local populace thinking all things are possible. Might this include a significant snowstorm for championship weekend?

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Heap of Cold, Ounce of Snow

As the calendar turned to 2018, snow aficionados were wondering if the cold would ever yield a reasonable snowfall. The watch -- and the wait -- continues.