Minnesota gets 2nd-snowiest winter on record …

posted at 10:12 am on February 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

We knew we had a decent-sized snowfall headed our way early in the week here in the Twin Cities.  Advance estimates put the snowfall between eight to ten inches from Sunday afternoon to Monday morning, which would test the snowplows’ ability to keep traffic moving in the metro area but would be a rather routine if heavy snowfall for this area.  Instead, Minnesota got near-whiteout conditions and double the predicted snowfall, making this the snowiest winter in almost 30 years and the second-snowiest on record — with a month left to go:

Many colleges in Minnesota and some public schools intended to hold classes Monday, a national holiday. That long-ago scheduling decision was trumped by up to 17 inches of snow Sunday gumming up the roads and keeping many thousands of additional students away from their pursuit of knowledge.

The snowfall scoreboard displays some impressive numbers, the types of tallies we’ve been to used to seeing this winter season. As of daybreak: 17 inches in Eden Prairie, 16 in Bloomington, 13.3 in St. Paul, 12.3 in Minneapolis, 11.2 in Chanhassen, 11 in Red Wing, 8.6 in New Hope, 8 in Sauk Rapids, 7 in Isanti and 4 in Kimball.

The Strib’s meteorologist, Paul Douglas, put it in perspective last night:

If we pick up 10″ from this storm (pretty likely) we’ll have the unique distinction of living through the second snowiest winter (to date) since 1891. Only 1982 had more snow as of now (76″). Take a bow – this is turning into a truly historic winter for snow.

As of last night, when the page was updated, it showed Minneapolis with 12″ of snow and a season total of 73″.  That was about the same total in the city reported this morning, too, so 73″ is where we sit now.  More snow is predicted at the end of the week, and March is usually our heaviest snow month.

The snow dump will have ramifications when winter finally ends:

At Montevideo, in western Minnesota, 10.5 inches by Sunday evening added to concerns about spring flooding.

Expect to hear more about flooding in April, or perhaps even late March.

Yesterday, I had the misfortune of getting caught in the snowstorm when it hit.  We went out for breakfast and figured we could make it to church before the snowfall got bad enough to get off the road.  Instead, it hit suddenly and in full force while we ate breakfast, and it took an hour to return home after driving 15 minutes or less to get to the restaurant.  The 40-mph wind didn’t quite bring us to whiteout conditions, but it reduced visibility to about 150 yards or so.

To get a perspective on how much snow fell and how big the drifts became, here’s the view from my deck:

The drift is about waist-high on the deck, and it took three passes with the snowblower over a 16-hour period to clear the driveway.

Note: All conclusions reached about global warming after the big winter storms in the Upper Midwest are the responsibility of the reader.


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At least the snowblower is working on what fell on you. I may not have had a lot of snow in the Milwaukee area, but it was intermixed with ice/freezing rain/rain, and the snowblower can’t get down to the pavement.

steveegg on February 21, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Any word on what this is doing to conditions on the ground in Madison, WI?

teke184 on February 21, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Damn that Globull Warming!

honsy on February 21, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Is there a global warming conference here today? They always seem to bring blizzards with.

RBMN on February 21, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Montevideo, huh. Have to give the locals credit for optimism.

Seth Halpern on February 21, 2011 at 10:16 AM

There is not a weather event that disproves global warming. This is why it’s not science any more but a religion.

Hoodlumman on February 21, 2011 at 10:18 AM

I blame Scott Walker.

forest on February 21, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Snow. In Winter. In Minnesota.

Huh.

catmman on February 21, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Note: All conclusions reached about global warming after the big winter storms in the Upper Midwest are the responsibility of the reader.

Odd you should mention that. Just read a blurb in the local rag this morning. Report in “Nature” magazine out of Britain says that above average snow, rain and flooding are a DIRECT result of…………….GLOBAL WARMING!

GW…..there’s NOTHING it can’t do!

GarandFan on February 21, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Note: All conclusions reached about global warming after the big winter storms in the Upper Midwest are the irresponsibility of the reader.

fify

Count to 10 on February 21, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Cold day in hell, huh Ed?

Limerick on February 21, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Floodplains all along the Mississippi this spring are going to live up to their names in a bad way.

Kelligan on February 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM

What defines the “Winter Season” as far as measuring the snowfall there, Ed? Here in New Hampshire, I consider it as running from December 1st to May 1st.

Based on that standard, so far this season I have 73″. This is chump change, however, to the winter of 2007-2008, when I measured a total of 180″. That is 15 feet.

And in March of 2001 alone, I got 7 feet of Globull Warming.

Del Dolemonte on February 21, 2011 at 10:23 AM

GW…..there’s NOTHING it can’t do!

GarandFan on February 21, 2011 at 10:20 AM

It slices, it dices.

If the Global Warming phenomena actually makes the winters colder, then is it not self-correcting?

hawkdriver on February 21, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Floodplains all along the Mississippi this spring are going to live up to their names in a bad way.

Kelligan on February 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM

lol…never ceases to amaze me when I drive the country how many folks don’t understand the concept of bottomland.

Limerick on February 21, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Come on down to AZ Ed

:)

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 10:24 AM

There is not a weather event that disproves global warming. This is why it’s not science any more but a religion.

Hoodlumman on February 21, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Its not so much that weather events should prove or disprove global warming (which, given the temperature changes projected in the worst case, shouldn’t be noticeable), as it is that AGW has yet to pass the “Are those temperature increases for real?”, “Will there be any noticeable difference?”, and “Is the change bad?” tests.

Count to 10 on February 21, 2011 at 10:25 AM

We had huge snows this winter in St Louis and also in 1982. You touched on it briefly but we also had big floods back in ’82, IIRC, due to the heavy snow and ice melt that had no place to go but down the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

Vince on February 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Note: All conclusions reached about global warming after the big winter storms in the Upper Midwest are the responsibility of the reader.

I conclude that the Theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming is a bunch of horse hockey and submit that there are no taxes nor actions by man that can affect, either positively or negatively, the amount of snowfall that Minnesota receives this year, or any other year.

ted c on February 21, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Oh, for the…
This post made me think to check the weather here. Low and behold, 6 inches of snow to fall between 9 pm Monday and Tuesday morning.
#$%&&*$$%@$#!*^&*&

Count to 10 on February 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Floodplains all along the Mississippi this spring are going to live up to their names in a bad way.

Kelligan on February 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM

And all of those people, who keep rebuilding in those places and keep getting government disaster ‘assistance’ will be up in arms and plastered all over the TV lamenting how they’ve “lost everything” (again) and “don’t understand how/why this happened” (again), etc.

catmman on February 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM

and it took three passes with the snowblower

I live in beautiful Wilmington, NC, what does that quote mean.
What is this snowblower you speak of, and what do you pass it?

right2bright on February 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM

GW…..there’s NOTHING it can’t do!

GarandFan on February 21, 2011 at 10:20 AM

I know.
Snow in winter, bikinis in summer. It’s insanity!

Electrongod on February 21, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Minnesota gets 2nd-snowiest winter on record…so be it…

right2bright on February 21, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Thank goodness some snow machines where earmarked for MN a not too long ago.

WashJeff on February 21, 2011 at 10:33 AM

GW…..there’s NOTHING it can’t do!

GarandFan on February 21, 2011 at 10:20 AM

It slices, it dices.

If the Global Warming phenomena actually makes the winters colder, then is it not self-correcting?

hawkdriver on February 21, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Too funny!

Hopefully no keyboards or monitors were harmed in the reading of that comment.

Chip on February 21, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Floodplains all along the Mississippi this spring are going to live up to their names in a bad way.

Kelligan on February 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM
And all of those people, who keep rebuilding in those places and keep getting government disaster ‘assistance’ will be up in arms and plastered all over the TV lamenting how they’ve “lost everything” (again) and “don’t understand how/why this happened” (again), etc.

catmman on February 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Here, in my neck of the woods, the conservation department bought up that land and leases some of it to farmers. There is no more building in a flood plain.

Vince on February 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

I have a feeling that Minnesotans with only a one-stage snowblower are called “tourists”. Those with only a shovel are called “suicidal”.

SKYFOX on February 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

I am expecting Al Franken to hit the Senate Floor at any moment to blame the current winter weather situation in his state on global warming, unwillingness on the part of the Republicans, and of course, BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

pilamaye on February 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

http://www.sec.gov/news/press/2011/2011-46.htm

7 charged in ‘pump and dump’ AGW scam.

ted c on February 21, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Vince on February 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Thank goodness for that.

catmman on February 21, 2011 at 10:37 AM

YUCK – and the roads were just all clear after last week too.

I’m ready for spring – this winter has sucked!

gophergirl on February 21, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Washington, D.C., Feb. 18, 2011 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a group of seven individuals who perpetrated a fraudulent pump-and-dump scheme in the stock of a sham company that purported to provide products and services to fight global warming.

The SEC alleges that the group included stock promoters, traders, and a lawyer who wrote a fraudulent opinion letter. The scheme resulted in more than $7 million in illicit profits from sales of stock in CO2 Tech Ltd. at artificially inflated prices. Despite touting impressive business relationships and anti-global warming technology innovations, CO2 Tech did not have any significant assets or operations. The company was purportedly based in London, and its stock prices were quoted in the Pink Sheets.

ted c on February 21, 2011 at 10:37 AM

and it took three passes with the snowblower

I live in beautiful Wilmington, NC, what does that quote mean.
What is this snowblower you speak of, and what do you pass it?

right2bright on February 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM

I think it uses gasoline to create heat that blows on the snow and melts it?

slickwillie2001 on February 21, 2011 at 10:38 AM

White House Denial! White House, DNC Disavows Involvement in Wisconsin Protests…

This is a sure sign that the unions are about to lose big.

slickwillie2001 on February 21, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Pretty!!! Do you want a picture of my 73 degree patio? In our case it is unfortunate that you can see the outdoor furniture.

Cindy Munford on February 21, 2011 at 10:41 AM

NASA has announced that the record snows are a result of the earth warming and the largest production of elf droppings in the State’s history during the 2010 months of August and September.

Hening on February 21, 2011 at 10:43 AM

and it took three passes with the snowblower

I live in beautiful Wilmington, NC, what does that quote mean.
What is this snowblower you speak of, and what do you pass it?

right2bright on February 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM

If you live in the Northern realm, it’s a device that let’s you know how far to move.

You load it on a trailer and drive South and stop when someone asks what the heck it is.

Chip on February 21, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Better start packing sand now.

Kissmygrits on February 21, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Well there’s your proof of global warming global climate change.

/algore

gryphon202 on February 21, 2011 at 10:49 AM

The Climate Research Unit predicted in 2000 that ‘within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.’
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/snowfalls-are-now-just-a-thing-of-the-past-724017.html

Are you excited Ed?

theCork on February 21, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Rumor has it that Al Gore has fled Tripoli.

Akzed on February 21, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Floodplains all along the Mississippi this spring are going to live up to their names in a bad way. Kelligan on February 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM

And will be blamed on… global warming!

Akzed on February 21, 2011 at 10:52 AM

You know what the meme will be when the flooding starts from all that snow.

TexasDan on February 21, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Low is 60 and the high is 80 here.

Why you people live in that mess eludes me.

Aloha

esnap on February 21, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Akzed on February 21, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Forget curing the common cold or winning Jeopardy. I want a widget that tells me when another post similar to mine went up in the previous 15 minutes.

TexasDan on February 21, 2011 at 10:57 AM

http://www.sec.gov/news/press/2011/2011-46.htm

7 charged in ‘pump and dump’ AGW scam.

ted c on February 21, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Thanks. There’s a lot of that about:
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/01/12/carbon-trading-fraud-in-belgium-up-to-90-of-the-whole-market-volume-was-caused-by-fraudulent-activities/

theCork on February 21, 2011 at 10:58 AM

The global warming theorists do believe it creates more widely fluctuating weather conditions, such as extreme snow in MN, and I tend to agree that’s possible. I’ll even go so far as say global warming is mostly man made. But having said all that, I don’t see the value in seeking and/or implementing solutions.

It’s like a discussion a few weeks ago of the AZ shooting and whether political discourse contributed to its causes. Jon Meachem of Newsweek on PBS mentioned how the political climate of the 1960s contributed to the deaths of MLK and RJK. OK, suppose that’s true. Does anyone seriously believe that at the time we could have done something to alter the political climate of the 1960s to prevent the deaths of MLK and RJK? It’s insane to think that.

Similarly, today, in the course of the evolvement of human existance in terms of technology and thought and striving and all that, can we alter that in the 2010s and beyond to change the temperature of the earth? It’s just as crazy to think that, as to think we could have changed the trajectory of the culture change in the 1960s. It’s insane to think that.

Paul-Cincy on February 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Vince on February 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM

I was stationed at Scott Air Force Base during that winter. We received 40 inches of snow in less than 12 hours between a Sunday Night and Monday morning. Considering a Century level storm was predicted to be 18 inches the 40 inches kept the base shut down for 4 days.

chemman on February 21, 2011 at 11:08 AM

The global warming theorists do believe it creates more widely fluctuating weather conditions, such as extreme snow in MN, and I tend to agree that’s possible.
Paul-Cincy on February 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM

A lot of them still say different… from 2010:

‘This winter is just a little cooler than average, and I still think that snow will become an increasingly rare event.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1242011/DAVID-ROSE-The-mini-ice-age-starts-here.html#ixzz1EbtI8Cce

theCork on February 21, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Just think what a glaciation ice age looks like. Florida should be ice free. The current interglacial period can’t last forever, it has passed it’s expiry date already.

tarpon on February 21, 2011 at 11:11 AM

I am hoping for a good blizzard here before winter ends.

OmahaConservative on February 21, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Paul-Cincy on February 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM

The accepted value of the temperature anomaly for the 20th century is 0.8°C. The error bars are between +/- 1°C and +/- 3°C. From a data standpoint the cited change is as likely to be noise as it is to be real. Until they straighten up their measurement problems we can’t even begin to determine whether man has made any impact on the climate.

chemman on February 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM

65 today in Kentucky. I guess the groundhog was selective this year. What did Minnesotans do to anger the weather gods?

fossten on February 21, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Just think what a glaciation ice age looks like. Florida should be ice free. The current interglacial period can’t last forever, it has passed it’s expiry date already.

tarpon on February 21, 2011 at 11:11 AM

If a real ice age is coming or does come, we may have to research this ‘greenhouse gas’ phenomenon more thoroughly and honestly. There are a few gases that we can manufacture that have a far greater effect than water vapor and CO2 in keeping heat in. Could that save us?

Back in the 70′s when they took ice ages more seriously there were theories that you could warm the Earth by scattering finely powdered charcoal over wide areas to increase heat absorption.

slickwillie2001 on February 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Minnesota is mostly on the upwindside of Lake Superior. Try Buffalo where you are east of Lake Erie and South of Lake Ontario. We suffer from an average of 94 inches of global warming every year and have been since long before global warming was invented.

KW64 on February 21, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Oh, quit your whining. I’m out here in my cargoes and huaraches shoveling neck-deep sunshine off the front lawn so I can turn the sprinklers on. You have any idea how hard it is to keep sunshine in the shovel? The swarming illegals can’t stand to see someone doing their own yard work.

Freelancer on February 21, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Paul-Cincy on February 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM

I’d go as far as to say that the increase in the level of CO2 in the air is man-made. The temperature increase (which was mostly in the 80′s and 90′s recently) on the other hand, is not distinguishable from unrelated fluctuations, and well bellow realistic predictions for the increase caused by said CO2.

Count to 10 on February 21, 2011 at 2:21 PM

and well bellow above realistic predictions for the increase caused by said CO2.

Count to 10 on February 21, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Oops.

Count to 10 on February 21, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Could be worse, the record for one season of snowfall is 1,140 inches at Mt Baker Lodge, Washington State, 1998-1999 season. Yes, 95 feet of snow.

Fredlike on February 21, 2011 at 3:41 PM

We haven’t had our usual ration of snow up here in Maine. Would you midwest folks please stop hoarding it all to your selves? Crips, Boston has more on the ground than us. Low miles on the snowmobile again this year.

aceinstall on February 21, 2011 at 6:23 PM

“Minnesota gets 2nd-snowiest winter on record ”

Do you know why it wasn’t 1st snowiest? GLOBAL WARMING!

;)

Kevin M on February 21, 2011 at 8:10 PM

That’s due to all that Man Made Global Cooling…

Dandapani on February 21, 2011 at 9:21 PM

All conclusions reached about global warming after the big winter storms in the Upper Midwest are the responsibility of the reader.

One can reach a “conclusion” about global warming on the basis of heavy snow over a fraction of a country that comprises about three percent of the earth’s surface?

I wonder what conclusion one can reach about global warming after the relentless heat in July and August in this region last summer? Or the record high temperatures in Texas just today?

The point? There is a difference between weather and climate, Ed. You may want to school yourself.

Prediction: This will be the last global warming mention from Ed until this fall. The hot weather during the summer just won’t fit into his narrative that continues to confuse the two concepts (weather – climate).

oakland on February 21, 2011 at 9:31 PM

This is my second winter in North Dakota and I can tell you, it sucks. I was literally blown down in the blizzard last Thursday. Got up bleeding from my palm, covered in snow, and with an ankle beginning to swell.

TXMomof3 on February 22, 2011 at 3:48 AM