Sunday, February 3, 2013

Besting last season’s snow total

Hello.  Long time, no post.  With the lack of significant weather events this winter season, there has not been much to discuss in the weather department.  The majority of our snow this winter has been produced from weather systems not considered major storms.  However, these smaller snow amounts this season have tallied to best last season’s snow total at MSP of 22.3 inches, with 23.1 inches as of February 2, 2013.  The graph below details the snow by month for 2012-13 (click to enlarge).


We are still trending well below average.  In a typical season, we receive 50+ inches of snow.  With February and March still to get through, I believe we will add to this total quite a bit.  I think seeing 40 to 45 inches of snow when it is all said and done is realistic.  All it takes is one major storm to increase this total by 75 to 100 percent.  Early in the season, I rolled a die as a spoof of snow prediction accuracy, and predicted 40 to 60 inches of snow.

A few clipper systems will move through the area between now and Tuesday, each having the potential to dump up to four inches of snow.  Will be interesting to see how it all pans out in the upcoming months.  While the first half of winter proved to be more of less like last year, lately, we have been given a wake-up call on what winter is supposed to be like in the Twin Cities, and the rest of Minnesota!


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