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March outlook

February 28, 2014

RT

  It has to get warmer. The snow will melt and we’ll be golfing by the third week in April…at least that’s what usually happens around here.

  February 2014 was snowier and much colder than normal in the Twin Cities. Our biggest snowfall, from February 20th into the early hours of the 21st, dumped 9.9 inches of wet snow at MSP airport. The snow was followed by plummeting temps, which led to ice-covered roads and white-knuckle commutes. Our snowfall total for the month was 18.4 inches, about 10 inches above normal.

  It was a very cold February, with an average monthly temp about 12 degrees below normal. We had below-zero low temps on 16 days, and saw our coldest reading of 14 below zero on the 27th.  Our temp only topped 32 degrees on 3 days, with our warmest temp of 44 degrees on the 18th.  February was preceded by extremely cold temps in January and December. As a result, Twin Citians endured the coldest December through February (meteorological winter) in 35 years!

  Looking ahead, the March temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service shows a strong tendency for below normal temperatures over Minnesota and Wisconsin:

Mar14temp

  The outlook doesn’t mean that every day will be cooler than normal…it is the average temp for the entire month that is likely to be below normal.    

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