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  • Birthday 12/23/1982

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  1. April 2018 General Discussion

    With all the snowfall elsewhere, its seems hard to believe that I have only had a total of 4" of snowfall in by backyard since February 25th. The lack of snow was frustrating in March, but now I am very pleased. 50's and sunny through the weekend in my forecast should melt most of remaining snow drifts and piles, while the most of the upper midwest is saturated with melting snow. I even have thoughts of golfing before May 1st, which is a 50/50 proposition every year for my area.
  2. April 2018 General Discussion

    Those T amounts for INL and DLH are bit silly in my opinion. Sure there were a few snow piles that survived from the late October and November snowfalls, but besides those and a few sheltered north facing patches of grass it all melted with warmth and rain Thanksgiving weekend and the following week.
  3. Current Snow Pack and Depths

    2013-14 is likely a winter that will not be repeated for a long long time, the magnitude of snowfall and cold over the northern plains, upper midwest and central canada will likely never be seen in our lifetime again. Remember in the same time frame the huge ridge over eastern pacific left the pretty much the entire west coast of North America and Alaska high and dry the entire winter.
  4. Current Snow Pack and Depths

    If you add up monthly totals for the calendar year of 2013 (Jan-Dec) John Dee measured 382" according to his historical weather page. Not sure it means much except I found that interesting. Add in the rest of the 2013-2014 winter and the 18 months of Jan 2013-May 2014 were very snowy for the UP and I know the same can be said for Northern Minnesota (compared to averages).
  5. Current Snow Pack and Depths

    Close to it probably but you need a 7+ figure trust fund in your name to do it. Settle for a 30 minute drive and the price is a lot more reasonable.
  6. Current Snow Pack and Depths

    Tetons just got 30" overnight. Snow depth of 141". I have seen up to 170" snow depth reported there but the 30" in 24 hours is the highest I have seen reported. http://jhavalanche.org/viewTeton If you look through there weekly snowpack summary archive you can see how snowfall even in the best LES belts doesn't really compare to the mountains. Not a surprise I know but it's still hard to comprehend 10 foot snow depths even when I have seen them first hand.
  7. Early February Hyperactivity

    I have noticed this trend multiple times play out in the past. Models show a series of clippers hitting the same area within 7 days. Initially it looks to favor a band through Iowa and Illinois. As the time approaches the band shifts North to southern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Then to northern Minnesota and the UP. By the time it happens the band is up in Manitoba and Ontario. Not saying it will happen this time. But it wouldn't surprise me either.
  8. 2017 - 2018 Winter Sports Thread

    Your loss was my gain. While you were getting warmth and rain I got 6"+ of snow that the models never truly had a grasp on until 24 hours prior. A pic from over the weekend, it seemed deeper than it looks in the picture.
  9. January 11-13 Winter Storm

    I feel for you guys seeing a double digits snowstorm vanish into the model abyss. Your guys loss is my gain. A few days ago it looked like tonight was going to be a pretty dry Arctic cold front passing over northern mn lucky to eek out a couple inches of snow. Now it looks like widespread 4-6"+ for nearly all of northern mn.
  10. Put a Chicago neighborhood in Ifalls and watch the chaos. Sounds like a good social experiment. I am originally from Central Minnesota (St cloud). Even taking some people from there to the Falls in January would be funny to see how they deal with the cold.
  11. December 25 - ? Arctic Cold

    Around -30 again this morning. Rumors that it was -38 near Loman, MN yesterday morning, but I don't think that is any official . Yes, the coldest air is nearly always just north of the Iron Range and east of US 53. The cold air gets ever so slightly trapped north of the Laurentian Divide ridgelin which keeps the coldest of the cold air north of the Iron Range. Possibly 20 degree high by Sunday afternoon for a 50 degree temp swing in about 48 hours to end this cold snap is going to feel tropical.
  12. December 25 - ? Arctic Cold

    There is more cold air on its way south this morning.... The creaks, whines, and thumps cars make at -30 can be quite disconcerting.
  13. December 25 - ? Arctic Cold

    How long can you guys in Ohio/Indiana/Illinois handle these temps with regards to ground frost and water lines freezing? My area is accustomed to the temps you have been getting recently, but I believe by code, water mains have to be 6-8 feet below grade here in northern Minnesota. I am guessing most of your areas it closer to 3 feet?
  14. December 25 - ? Arctic Cold

    Crane lake got to -36 is the lowest I could find. For the NE quarter of Minnesota I'd say you would almost expect at least one -30 or below low temp per winter. It doesn't always happen but you'd be a fool to bet against it on December 1 of any year.
  15. December 25 - ? Arctic Cold

    I would think the longest stretch below 20 for International Falls would have to be longer than 42 days? The Grand Forks NWS office has a video up right now stating that Fargo was below 0 from Jan 15-Feb 20 1936.