It has been a long time since we have talked about something being above average other than the temperature. The February of 2013 is changing that though. Through February so far we have had 15″ of snow fall at the Rochester International Airport. That was jump started by day after day after day of Clippers to start the month and then recently with the biggest snowstorm we have had in the last two winters. Climatologically speaking, February is the least snowy of the snowy months, but during the Winter of 12/13 it has been the snowiest. Not only has it been the snowiest this Winter, we have actually cracked the top 10 snowiest for the month of February. Here’s the list of five through ten.
In the coming days we will have a chance to climb up this list a little higher. We are watching a large system that will feature the heaviest snow staying well to the south and east of our area, but come Tuesday and Wednesday, we will have a chance to be scraped by this system.
This is how the storm will look on Monday evening. This system will likely bring a full blown Blizzard to parts of the plain states. The track again will stay away from us, most likely putting Chicago in the bulls eye after slamming portions of Kansas and Missouri with over a foot of snow. Our chances will be Tuesday and Wednesday and the intensity will be MUCH lighter. With that said, a jog in the track northward would change things drastically so we are still monitoring the track of this one.
February has definitely brought active weather back to Minnesota. Hopefully this stretch will continue to help replenish area streams and rivers. The recent liquid will help somewhat to do that, but we need this active weather to continue into spring to help put a dent in the drought since the ground is still frozen. Fingers crossed, but definitely a positive sign going forward!
This post was written by jkegges on February 24, 2013