Global warming watch: 4-6 inches of snow for Twin Cities

posted at 11:20 am on March 31, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, I tooled around town on a few errands without wearing a jacket for the first time in six months. The snow had melted off the lawns, the temperature was a balmy 52 degrees, and the sun shone on Minnesota with real warmth. Today, this is what greeted me as I walked out the garage door:

March 31,2008

We’ll be getting a nice dump of snow for the next two days. In order to accelerate global warming, I plan on hauling out the snowthrower tonight or tomorrow morning to clean up the driveway.


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My dad lives in the northern part of the lower peninsula of Michigan. He still has ice on the lake where he lives.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 31, 2008 at 11:25 AM

If you look closely you can see where Global War…I mean climate change has melted the house on the left.

Suburbandad on March 31, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Hrm…I am one of your neighbors to the west, Cap’n (South Dakota), and I think that whatever it is we’re experiencing is a rather large and intrusive weather system. That scene could have been from any corner of my hometown as well, some six-hours-drive from the Twin Cities.

gryphon202 on March 31, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Ed-

You did not get the memo. That’s why it is now called “climate change.” These are important issues (Best Al Gore voice) for a planet wide emergency.

I just call it weather.
But what do I know?

dentalque on March 31, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Well, in my little corner of Texas it’s been so warm for a couple months now that the trees are all filled in and my daughter got a couple bug bites last night!

Gonna be 92 today and tomorrow, so if that’s not proof of global warming, then…well, then weather must just, like, be variable or something. Go figure.

MamaAJ on March 31, 2008 at 11:29 AM

I’m down in central Nebraska. It’s 38 degrees.

loganthompson on March 31, 2008 at 11:30 AM

That is what happens when we pollute the planet with us giving out CO2. It will snow during winter and early spring and it will be hot for late spring to early fall. We evil humans drive around we make it snow during winter and make us hot during summer

BroncosRock on March 31, 2008 at 11:31 AM

I awoke to yet more snow as well–granted I live in Montana and we have long winters, but this one just keeps giving. In 2005 we were bone dry by this time of year (and were in February).

I guess Global Warming predicts that each year we will get colder and snowier. Apparently I am too ignorant to understand that warming = cooling, love = hate, peace = war and that we have always been at war with East Asia.

My only hope is that long winters in Montana continue thereby driving out the fair-weather Californians who, while locked up in their rustic log cabins, insist on big-box stores, paved roads and guard rails (or as I call them: Darwinian Rails).

Montana on March 31, 2008 at 11:33 AM

25 degrees in Montana. And more snow in the forecast for the next week with lows predicted in the high teens and highs just about 32.

Darn you, Global Warming, er, Climate Change, er, Weather!!

And no, Mama AJ, your weather don’t count. ;)
P.S. can I move into your house? I like warm weather.

mjk on March 31, 2008 at 11:34 AM

I got two inches of a new change in our climate here in Northern Utah last night.

thomashton on March 31, 2008 at 11:34 AM

31 degrees here in New Hampshire and snowing hard. I’ve had 140+ inches of snow since 12-1-07, expect more. We’re breaking 135 year old record for snow and it ain’t over.
GLOBALONEY

mountainmanbob on March 31, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Ed – you must have missed the latest directive. It’s no longer man made global warming, it’s now man made climate change. That way no matter what happens the bases are covered.

TooTall on March 31, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Got about an inch of Global Climate change down here in Colorado Springs last night. I’m tired of wearing a coat everyday to work!

saltydogg14 on March 31, 2008 at 11:39 AM

We lived in New Hope for a couple of years. My youngest daughter was born there. I liked the Minneapolis area, although I missed the mountains of my birthplace here in upstate NY.

Where we are now getting sleet.

63 degrees predicted for tomorrow, but we’ll see. It still looks like mid-winter here.

Connie on March 31, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Sorry, mjk, we’re out of warm weather. It will be hot or really hot until October. Ten day forecast says one day will have a high of 84 and the rest will be 89-93.

I’m gonna get banned if I keep talking about this, aren’t I?

MamaAJ on March 31, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Better send a message to McCain though I am sure he won’t care. He is close minded and vindictive, he will do what is best to please liberals.

mariloubaker on March 31, 2008 at 11:42 AM

TooTall on March 31, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Doesn’t Obama want change?

Connie on March 31, 2008 at 11:43 AM

One of the reasons Al Gore needs $300 Million to pitch Global Warming is to confiscate all the pictures like yours, Ed. We can’t actually, you know, discuss the validity of Global Warming- er, climate change.

michaelo on March 31, 2008 at 11:43 AM

I wore a winter jacket going to the grocery store Saturday morning in southern Kansas. This has been one miserable, cold, year. I am doing everything I can to warm up the atmosphere, but I have having no affect.

bopbottle on March 31, 2008 at 11:43 AM

MamaAJ on March 31, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Yes!

Connie on March 31, 2008 at 11:44 AM

China has had their worst winter in over a century. They will never sign on to reducing CO2 emissions which means only we fools in the West will be committing economic suicice.

DerKrieger on March 31, 2008 at 11:44 AM

Heard around the work place: “Global warming can cause warmer and colder weather, that’s just how it works.”

Yeah. It is, isn’t it.

Seixon on March 31, 2008 at 11:51 AM

Ed…we have some of that “Climate Change” headed to Maine, too. And we can’t even get it to snow on Christmas Day here. Damn you, Algore, Inventor of Teh Internet and Global Warming Poohbah!

FishFearMe on March 31, 2008 at 11:51 AM

The Gorebull Warming alarmists are on defensive. They see the data is running against them. That’s why the $300 million propaganda campaign.
The data shows no significant increase since 1998, and the preliminary 2007 year-end temperature confirms the continuation of a temperature plateau since 1998 to which is now appended a cooling trend over the last 3 years.

petefrt on March 31, 2008 at 11:54 AM

mariloubaker on March 31, 2008 at 11:42 AM

McCain knows what is best, even if it is more illegals snow.

brtex on March 31, 2008 at 11:54 AM

The polar bears need to move south and get off of the floating ice breaks.

saved on March 31, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Hang on, let me go look. Yup, the temp is 33 degrees with fresh snow on the ground here in Denver.

CliffHanger on March 31, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Suburbandad on March 31, 2008 at 11:27 AM

That house DOES look melted…cool, er.. hot!
.
30 degrees in Denver, light snow. ( usually it is warmer here on this date, just for those who think were on top of the 14 thousand foot tall mountains….it’s not always cold in Denver)

shooter on March 31, 2008 at 11:55 AM

it must be three (3) degrees warmer on the other side of town…

shooter on March 31, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Yeah, I’ve been watching the snow pour down outside my office window for two hours now, and I’m beginning to think that maybe, just maybe, the liberals are rather mistaken on this “global warming” business. Am I allowed to say that?

argos on March 31, 2008 at 11:57 AM

I’m old enough to remember that saying Democrats thought they could fix bad weather by passing a law was a joke.

Little did I know that someone heard the joke and thought “Pass a law….? That’s a good idea!”

JohnTant on March 31, 2008 at 11:59 AM

If someone ran for President on a policy to have warmer weather, s/he would get nominated, yet Gore calls it an evil.

WoosterOh on March 31, 2008 at 12:00 PM

shooter on March 31, 2008 at 11:57 AM

I’m in the far southwest suburbs. You?

CliffHanger on March 31, 2008 at 12:00 PM

We have had a nice microcosm of “climate change” here in Boulder, Co, this weekend. 70 Deg on Saturday (with 30+mph winds), woke up to 2″ of snow on Sunday morning. Warmed up to 49 or so on Sunday (with sun), melted all the snow, then woke up this morning to 2″ again (!). S’posed to warm back up to the mid-50′s this week.

jwehman on March 31, 2008 at 12:00 PM

shooter on March 31, 2008 at 11:55 AM

I used to live in Central City and we had LOTS of “Climate Change” up there. Of course we were at 8600 feet above sea level.

FishFearMe on March 31, 2008 at 12:02 PM

Oh Gosh and a piece of ice broke off in the Arctic….. wonder how much broke off when the land bridge existed between Russia and Alaska. Wonder if Siberia would like to grow wheat like it did a couple hundred years ago. Ooops, the PC police are here to re educate me in MN’s finest public school system… gotta go…….. wait they can’t, school’s closed it’s… it’s snowing!

MNDavenotPC on March 31, 2008 at 12:03 PM

jwehman on March 31, 2008 at 12:00 PM

I bet Diane DeGette(sp?) mandated it that way.

/snark

FishFearMe on March 31, 2008 at 12:04 PM

“Climate Change” is not an Al Gore invention. It was born in Colorado.

CliffHanger on March 31, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Wait until July, they’ll be out crying about it all over again, and hoping that their audience forgot about winter.

What ever happened to that quisling toad Dr. Heidi Cullen anyway…did they have her whacked for being an idiot? Give her anonymity somewhere in Montana? Did she make a killing in those carbon credits and haul ass to Costa Rica?

Inquiring minds want to know.

benrand on March 31, 2008 at 12:12 PM

It’s 59° with 80% humidity here in sub-Saharan Bangla-cola, with gusts up to 13mph and I’m freezing my Florida tookus off. I need to send Gorezilla some $’s to combat this thing and will go looking for his Paypal address just as soon as my fingers start moving again.

(Shouldn’t you be on an ice-pack with a drop line somewhere, my Fish-y friend?)

tree hugging sister on March 31, 2008 at 12:13 PM

It’s been a cold, wet year so far.

Don’t these AGW people know how to spell E-L N-I-N-O?

1998 was hot, so what?

Dr. Manhattan on March 31, 2008 at 12:14 PM

tree hugging sister on March 31, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Yes, I should be. But I’d have to dodge the moose on those pesky ice floes.

FishFearMe on March 31, 2008 at 12:18 PM

But I’d have to dodge the moose

Mynd you, møøse sheet Kan be pretty nasti…don’t step in anything!

tree hugging sister on March 31, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Northeast MA here. Out my office window it’s snowing. Lots of big, slow-falling flakes.(Deep sigh)

We’re looking at almost 5 months now with snow on the ground. I’m glad Al Gore is going to spend 300 million over the next year educating me as to why cold is really hot and hot is gold … I mean cold.

Rod on March 31, 2008 at 12:25 PM

michaelo on March 31, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Does that make Gore a Climate Change-Agent?

Connie on March 31, 2008 at 12:26 PM

It wouldn’t have been so bad, but the “Earth Hour” had such a cooling effect it changed the rain to snow.

Nethicus on March 31, 2008 at 12:32 PM

My mom lives about 10 miles inland from Belfast, ME – which is on the coast. She still has nearly 2 feet of snow on the ground, mixed with several inches of ice. They got another 4 inches of snow last Friday. The lake she lives near still has 2 feet of ice. Further north in Maine – Moosehead Lake has 4 feet of ice. And Calais, Maine recently passed a longstanding record – this year they’ve received something like 180 inches of snow…

Here in CT – the weather has been just plain weird. Cold this past weekend, forecast for high 60s by Tuesday then back into the low 40s by Wednesday. Today it’s cold, raw and rainy/ice.

Global warming my a$$.

KrisinNE on March 31, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Climate Change Alert! Global Warming has arrived in Maine! It’s snowing like crazy. End of Climate Change Alert.

FishFearMe on March 31, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Oh regarding that one hour lights out garbage…. we went out for a dinner engagement and left lights on in the house as well as outside the garage and walkway. Before leaving , I put Saran Wrap around the bottom of my garage lights with Vaseline smeared over the sheets. Yes, I know my neighbors…. Gee imagine when we returned how saran wrap was dangling from the lights and footprints all over……lol

MNDavenotPC on March 31, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Still snowing in St. Paul. In fact it seems to be picking up. I think we should go back to the Looming Iceage paradigm.

argos on March 31, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Better send a message to McCain though I am sure he won’t care. He is close minded and vindictive, he will do what is best to please liberals.

mariloubaker on March 31, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Yeah, I did, even though it’ll never get anywhere. Fools, all of them.

jdawg on March 31, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Cap – do you think maybe Al would come shovel our driveways in order to earn some of that three mil he’s looking for?????

LL

Lady Logician on March 31, 2008 at 12:50 PM

You are all a bunch of FLAT EARTHERS…it is not snowing, it is not, it’s not, it’s not…waaaahhhhahhhh!

right2bright on March 31, 2008 at 12:56 PM

It’s 82 and sunny here in Arizona. Been that way for weeks.

AZCoyote on March 31, 2008 at 1:16 PM

What ever happened to that quisling toad Dr. Heidi Cullen anyway…
benrand on March 31, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Sorry, benrand, she’s still front and center at The Weather Channel, with her own weekly pulpit to sermonize against the flat-earthers.

The kind of warming we shovel in Minnesota.

Not exactly the kind of warming Algore is shoveling.

eeyore on March 31, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Global warming deniers are like Bigfoot deniers and like people who think that “24′ was filmed in a Hollywood studio.

MB4 on March 31, 2008 at 1:38 PM

When is this global warming going to kick in? My globes could definitely use it here in MN. Somebody is really putting a lot of credence on a model that seems to be a bit faulty.

Bobber on March 31, 2008 at 1:53 PM

haha it’s snowing right now and yesterday it was about 50. It’s snowing tuesday as well. But that’s good ‘ole new england weather for ya; if you don’t like it, wait 5 minutes.

drift on March 31, 2008 at 2:01 PM

Interesting… you have to do Publicity for things your selling…

I’ve never heard of publicity for science before…

I think this is a push to get the agenda through while they still have the public fooled…

Romeo13 on March 31, 2008 at 2:07 PM

Sounds like you will be shoveling “global warming” for at least several more weeks.

Here in Colorado have had one of the snowiest winters on record, especially in the mountains. Apparently, global warming mysteriously moves in erratic patterns like a phantom. Only turning up in places where disaster strikes or the temperature is too uncomfortable for the hypersensitive and spoiled people of the world that have no sense of historical context. If these people lived during 17th and 18th centuries, I’m sure they would find a way to blame mankind for the mini ice age that occurred. It’s conceit & arrogance to think the climate change that has been occurring on this planet for millions of years is just now occurring because of us.

Planet Boulder on March 31, 2008 at 2:20 PM

haha it’s snowing right now and yesterday it was about 50. It’s snowing tuesday as well. But that’s good ‘ole new england weather for ya; if you don’t like it, wait 5 minutes.

drift on March 31, 2008 at 2:01 PM

I’ve never been anywhere where people didn’t say the exact same thing about their own home town/area.

Montana on March 31, 2008 at 2:54 PM

My only hope is that long winters in Montana continue thereby driving out the fair-weather Californians who, while locked up in their rustic log cabins, insist on big-box stores, paved roads and guard rails (or as I call them: Darwinian Rails).
Montana on March 31, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Typical small mindedness; let’s look at some facts here Montana (as a fellow Montanan)

Summary Demographic State Data (and Source)
Population (2007 CB estimate.): 957,861
Population (2000 Census): 902,195
Foreign-Born Population (2007 FAIR estimate):
Foreign-Born Population (2000 Census): 17,840
16,396
Share Foreign-Born (2007 FAIR est):
Share Foreign-Born (2000): 1.9%
1.8%
Immigrant Stock (2000 CB estimate): 64,000
Share Immigrant Share (2000 estimate): 7.1%
Naturalized U.S. Citizens (2000 Census): 9,482
Share Naturalized (2000): 57.8%
Legal Immigrant Admission (DHS 1997-2006): 4,352
Refugee Admission (DHS 1997-2006): 143
Illegal Alien Population (2007 INS estiamte): 5,000
Projected Population – 2050 (2006 FAIR): 1,139,676

STATE POPULATION
The Census Bureau estimated that in July 2007 Montana’s population had increased by an annual average of about 7,625 residents since 2000 (to 957,861 residents). Over that period net immigration was adding about 290 persons each year (more immigrants arriving than leaving). During the same period there was a net annual average population gain of about 4,170 residents from net domestic migration (more native-born residents arriving than leaving). Net immigrant settlement accounted for 3.8 percent of the overall net population increase over this period, and that does not take into account the children born to the immigrants after their arrival in the United States.

Most of the immigration into Montana since the turn of the century, has come from an increase in “out of state” college enrollment. This dynamic is spread out pretty evenly between the two coastal regions.

The FEAR of immigration by montanans is so “small minded”…

Now, back on topic… I live in the Columbus region of Montana. I had one hell of a time getting to work today, only to find out that the road conditions are too dangerous to get to any of our job sites; turned around and went home. I have 6″ of new snow at my place, with 2-5 inches more on it’s way. Our winter started early this year, with zero degree temps and lot’s of snow by Thanksgiving. Good season for our ski resorts, and a much needed solid winter for snow pack. Montana has been in a bit of a drought for the past 10 years or so; this winter has been good for the state.

Keemo on March 31, 2008 at 2:58 PM

My 6-year old daughter brings home books to read each night for homework. The topic of one she brought home last week was environmental issue. Sure enough, there were two pages dedicated to global warming. It declared with certainty that human polution was the cause of global warming, and that it was causing snow and ice to melt, and a loss of homeland for both humans and animals.

I wrote a note back to the school, and heard that it was read and brought to the principals attention. So I feel like I did my part to fight against the fight against GW.

I hope the author of that book is eaten by a polar bear someday.

connertown on March 31, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Welcome to the club, Ed. Here on my hilltop in central New Hampshire, I just recorded the 176th inch of snow since December 1 2007. Our state capitol, Concord, where they keep the “official” snowfall records, now has over 120 inches-but they’re 30 miles south of me and more importantly 700 feet lower in elevation.

On the other hand, to my north, Mt. Washington, known as the home of the world’s worst weather (the highest wind speed on the planet, 231 MPH, was recorded there in 1934) has “only” received 170 inches of Global Warming this winter, instead of their usual 200-250 inches. The best guess is that most of the snowstorms this season were in cloud systems lower in elevation than the mountain’s 6,288 foot summit.

Meanwhile, they tell us that it will be 55 degrees here tomorrow. Right now it’s a balmy 33, and it just started to Gore again.

Del Dolemonte on March 31, 2008 at 4:06 PM

connertown on March 31, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Good for you connertown! Your story reminds me of the time my then 3rd grader came home from school and informed my wife and I, that he had learned how to put a condom on a cucumber, and he also learned all about the Vagina and how baby’s are made. I had a little different reaction than yours, but I must admit your reaction was the better one. We put our children into public schools with a sort of blind faith that these teachers and administrators will surely do the right thing; after all, if they don’t they will surely get fired… Wrong…

Keemo on March 31, 2008 at 4:08 PM

If you look closely you can see where Global War…I mean climate change has melted the house on the left.

Suburbandad on March 31, 2008 at 11:27 AM

What IS the deal with that house? Someone needs a rebate on their vinyl siding!

MrLynn on March 31, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 31, 2008 at 11:25 AM

We still have 2 feet of ice on Lake Margarethe in Grayling, MI. With -14 last Tuesday, it’s not going away soon!

flytier on March 31, 2008 at 5:39 PM

Darn that global warming; I mean climate change.

Johan Klaus on March 31, 2008 at 6:35 PM

Hoss (our samoyed) has been rolling around and lovin the heck out of at least half a foot of this global warming. Another one ta three inches to come. Algore must have really po’d the weather gods.

oakpack on March 31, 2008 at 7:27 PM

My Dad said he was getting snow.

I said “I know, I see a picture of it on HotAir.”

Is it even possible to be more on top of things?

Thanks Cap’n

TheCulturalist on March 31, 2008 at 8:20 PM

I saw deer this winter in Northern Utah that would have starved trying to find forage in multiple feet of snow had it not been for local farmers sharing the livestock hey. The deer know something al Gore doesn’t…that warmth promotes life. Only a complete fool would promote a campaign of hysteria associated with the earth warming a few degrees, which its not of course, unless it is…who cares. I choose life…

Nozzle on March 31, 2008 at 8:33 PM

Being a proud resident of Texas and Montana, I can say that Algore should have been in either today before asking for his handout of $300M. As usual, his timing is untimely.

Keemo, shhhhh, we in the “banana belt city” have tried hard to keep the actual stats of Montana a secret and you just went and blew it! I do have to laugh with all the influx of people that have never driven on snow and ice – after the first winter the house is up for sale. Actually, I was one myself not long ago, but the native I married took me out to an empty parking lot and let me practice slamming on brakes, moving the vehicle out of several inches of snow without getting stuck, and turning on ice packed asphalt. So far, I’ve had enough sense to stay home when it’s not necessary to get out – but, tornadoes in Texas are a whole different ballgame. There is nowhere to hide, no place safe when one of those monsters hit. I spent the afternoon praying those monsters would break up and not harm those I love there.

24K lady on March 31, 2008 at 8:45 PM