Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day, and a Blizzard Warning

Sunday, March 17, 2013. St. Patrick's Day. I checked's weather history page for this area. The average high for today is about 36 degrees Fahrenheit, with 18 as the low temperature.

Since this is Minnesota, "average" temperatures are statistics that don't necessarily have anything to do with the weather. Statistics for the last five years show that Sauk Centre will definitely have a high and a low temperature on St. Patrick's Day:

March 17 Low High
2013 -4 °F 23 °F
2012 53 °F 75 °F
2011 34 °F 43 °F
2010 31 °F 52 °F
2009 -4 °F 18 °F

A more practical point is that we can expect blizzard conditions from late tonight through Monday evening.

(from National Weather Service, used w/o permission)

It looks like folks living a few counties north of us will have to make do with a mere winter storm.

The Weather Service says that we can look forward to another two to five inches of snow. That, and the 35 mile an hour winds and whiteout conditions they're promising, should make travel - - - interesting.

Previous experience tells me that we'll probably have accidents, when folks learn that what's a 'safe' speed during nice weather is anything but when the horizon disappears:
"...A condition of diffuse light when no shadows are cast, ... No surface irregularities of the snow are visible, but a dark object may be clearly seen. There is no visible horizon...."
("Whiteout (weather)," Wikipedia)
On a happier note, this storm will most likely give kids even more snow to play with.

Snowman: with plenty of snow left over, and more on the way. March 13, 2013.

That's it for me this week. Next week, I might even have something besides the weather to talk about.

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