Snow Over Upper Midwest This Weekend
WSI RPM Model. Here is one of the more reliable models we use; WSI’s exclusive 12 km. RPM model. The latest guidance shows some 2-4″ amounts in the metro area, most of that coming Saturday night and early Sunday. Temperatures may be just above freezing Saturday night (lowest few hundred feet of the atmosphere), which should mean a wet, slushy snow, possibly even a period of sleet, which would keep inch amounts down somewhat. That said, my confidence level is increasing that we may actually wake up to a coating of white Sunday morning. I know. Shocking.
NAM Model. Another fairly reliable model: NOAA’s NAM, which shows less snow than the RPM. I’m not discounting this, considering we’re in a drought. My expectations (rain, ice and snow) are unusually low, due to the dry rut we’re stuck in. Sadly, the drought is another factor to weigh. There’s little doubt that snowfall amounts will be higher north/west of the MSP metro Saturday night into early Sunday.
Record Snow Drought For Chicago? WGN-TV weather legend Tom Skilling reports that, as of Sunday, Chicago will have gone 280 days without measurable snow, an all-time record for the Windy City.
Growing Concern About Minnesota’s Drought. Here’s an excerpt from a recent update from Greg Spoden, Minnesota State Climatologist:
“Bleak Forecast”. The recent interview I gave to Jim Poyser at NUVO in Indianapolis is being picked up by other publications, including Utah’s City Weekly. Yes, my dermatologist is calling 911 right now. I’ve never had Doppler on my face, even worse than egg on my face? Here’s an excerpt: ”…I’m not saying we don’t take advantage of our natural resources. The message I’m trying to get out is that by fixating exclusively on fossil fuels, not only are we endangering future generations, we are endangering our competitiveness downt he road. Because there is no debate about climate change in Europe or China. They are moving forward with clean alternatives to creating energy. If we totally focus on mining and drilling and extracting ever last bit of carbon at the exclusion of solar and wind and geothermal and battery technology and everything else that’s out there, we are going to be crippled as a country, competitively…”
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