The sleet and snow we had Monday morning was just the warm front coming through. The real fun begins Tuesday with a powerful Pacific storm that brings 6"-12" of snow to central Minnesota.
Tuesday: Mix of snow and ice pellets. Total snow metro 3"-6", more just to our north. H: 36 L: 29 Wind: N 10
Wednesday: Morning snow ending by afternoon. H: 38 L: 29 Wind: NW 10
Thursday: Partly sunny. H: 43 L: 28 Wind: SW 7
Friday: Rain/snow mix. H: 37 L: 20 Wind: NE 10
Saturday: Partly cloudy, breezy. H: 25 L: 8 Wind: NW 10-15
Sunday: Sunny. H: 25 L: 10 Wind: NE 5
The snowpack in Minneapolis/St. Paul has officially dipped below 12 inches for the first time in two months. Late season snow doesn't stand a chance against that strong March sun. With the higher sun angle, snow melts quickly when the temp goes above 32 degrees.
State of the Climate
The National Climate Data Center just released the U.S. climate highlights for this past winter season. The winter of 2-13-2014 was dominated by snow and cold. Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Missouri all had a top 10 cold winter. Detroit had their snowiest winter on record! Minnesota had its 6th coldest winter on record...Wisconsin had us beat at 5th coldest. Who wants to move to California?
History's Largest Empire Thrived in Warm Weather
How did the largest empire in human history, the Mongol Empire, rise to power? The weather, of course. Turns out an unusual stretch of warm, wet weather contributed to their rapid rise and expansion. Researchers studied tree rings to get clues as to how the Mongolian people "united to conquer much of the world within a span of decades, 800 years ago."
The rise of the great leader Genghis Khan and the start of the largest contiguous empire in human history was propelled by a temporary run of nice weather.
Put A Dome On It
The amount of smog shrouding Beijing has been nothing short of record-breaking in recent years. Smog is something that Beijing residents deal with on a daily basis. The latest proposal to curb the smog caught my attention. A massive dome.
While the Chinese government has implemented various pollution-battling policies like car bans and the planting of green roofs, others like London-based design firm Orproject have gone down the road of more extreme design measures -- suggesting the building of bubble-like biomes, sealed from outside pollution, that would allow residents to actually breathe clean air.
Hmm, a biome. Makes sense. We may laugh at the concept now but I can only wonder if this is our future.
Summer brings warm afternoons perfect for biking, but the summer heat and humidity can also spark thunderstorms and severe weather. Be prepared for any type of adverse weather headed your way with Aeris Pulse.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story