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What a difference a few miles can make! We just had some very light pixie dust here. Zero accumulation.

I posted that while at work. I work on the Minneapolis/Roseville border. Picked up maybe 0.2” today. Didn’t snow more than an hour. But yeah, crazy how a few miles makes a difference.

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Also, with respect to the last system, I made a statement that I would donate to a charity if I got hit good (6"+ or 10"+).  I posted in the storm thread, but didn't ever receive a response from anyon

Up in Duluth for the weekend. An astounding 29” of snow OTG and 72” so far on the season. Absolutely crazy snow piles. The snow banks along the roads are at least 5 feet high. I got lost and look wher

Well, finally back from an extended trip to the northwoods after convincing my family to spend the holidays up there.  I have to say, it's actually a bit depressing coming back.  Here are some pics -

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Not in our geographic area but Fairbanks,AK has had an AVG JAN temp of around -22F. I thought it would be close to one of the coldest JAN's on record for them but it turns out it was closer to top 20.  Unreal. I believe the coldest was around -27F. Puts "cold" into perspective.

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The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.

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Best snow since Halloween coming down right now.

 

That nice little wave ends up going to crap over my way tomorrow. I think the day time heating ruins it for here because the NAM12 then re-ignites it east of SMI after dark. Don't really see another reason why it does that? 

Winter 2020-21 Snow Total = 35.1"  Largest Storm: 10.2" (2/15-16)        Oct: 0.0 Nov: 1.5 Dec: 3.6 Jan: 10.0 Feb: 20.0 Mar: 0.0 Apr: 0.0

 

Annual avg for mby = 49.7"  Avg for last 10 seasons = 58.4" (118% of normal)

2019-20 = 48.0"  2018-19 = 56.1"  2017-18 = 68.3"   2016-17 = 52"   2015-16 = 57.4"   2014-15 = 55.3"   2013-14 = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!)  2012-13 = 47.2"   2011-12 = 43.7"

 

Legit Blizzards (high winds and dbl digit snows): Feb 2011, Dec 2009, Jan 2005, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Nov 1989, Jan 1982, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, Apr 1975, Mar 1973, Jan 1967, Feb 1965, Jan 1918

 

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That nice little wave ends up going to crap over my way tomorrow. I think the day time heating ruins it for here because the NAM12 then re-ignites it east of SMI after dark. Don't really see another reason why it does that?

I've been keeping an eye on it too. If it weren't for marginal surface temps I could see this being a low end advisory this side of the state.

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Davenport is reporting moderate snow.

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season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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0z GFS actually showed a sizeable blob of all SN passing across SMI tomorrow. Might be white rain, but I'd take that over liquid rain at this point, lol

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Winter 2020-21 Snow Total = 35.1"  Largest Storm: 10.2" (2/15-16)        Oct: 0.0 Nov: 1.5 Dec: 3.6 Jan: 10.0 Feb: 20.0 Mar: 0.0 Apr: 0.0

 

Annual avg for mby = 49.7"  Avg for last 10 seasons = 58.4" (118% of normal)

2019-20 = 48.0"  2018-19 = 56.1"  2017-18 = 68.3"   2016-17 = 52"   2015-16 = 57.4"   2014-15 = 55.3"   2013-14 = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!)  2012-13 = 47.2"   2011-12 = 43.7"

 

Legit Blizzards (high winds and dbl digit snows): Feb 2011, Dec 2009, Jan 2005, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Nov 1989, Jan 1982, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, Apr 1975, Mar 1973, Jan 1967, Feb 1965, Jan 1918

 

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For the record, January was warm and wet with below average snowfall for MBY:

 

recorded (departure from normal)

temps: 33.4 F (+3.7 F)

precip: 1.64" (+0.78")

snowfall: 2.5" (-2.4")

 

seasonal snowfall: 9.0" (normal for date: 11.4")

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  • 20-21 snowfalls >=3": (Jan 1 - 4.5"); Season total (12.4")
  • 20-21 monthly: Oct (0.6"); Nov (Trace); Dec (Trace); Jan (7.6"); Feb (4.2"); Mar (Trace)
  • 20-21 temps: Oct(-3.2); Nov (+4.8); Dec (+4.5); Jan (+5.1); Feb (-11.3); Mar (+5.0)
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January wrap…The mean temperature at Grand Rapids was 31.3° that is a departure of +6.9° the high for the month was 49 on the 9th and 10th the low for the month was +11 on the 20th  that is the warmest lowest temperature at Grand Rapids since January 2006 when the low for the month was 17. There was officially 11.5” of snow fall with the most in one day of 6.3” on the 18th  there was a two day storm total of 8.8” on the 18th and 19th  most on the ground was 6” on the ground from the 19 to the 21st Total pricp was 3.65”  January 2020 is not Grand Rapids 6th warmest on record at Muskegon it was their 5th warmest and at Lansing it was their 10 warmest on record. At Grand Rapids it was the 14th wettest January of record. As for total snow fall in January Grand Rapids had 11.5” since December 1st there has been 25.8” and for the season there has been just 32.6” all are much below average. At this time Grand Rapids is in the running for one of the least snowy winter season since the current air port was opened in 1963. In that time the average annual snow fall has been 75.3”  the most (since 1963) 116.0” the least just  35.9” in 1982/83 of that 13.2 fell in March and 0.7 fell in April. The next lowest is 47.6 in 1986/87 and 48.5” in 1979/80 and 51.2 in the winter of 2011/12. We shall see how this winter plays out.

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I finished January with 14.2" of snow.

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season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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