Minnesota Farmer


Seventy eight
March 3, 2010, 9:14 am
Filed under: cold, Ice, Minnesota, seasons, snow, spring, time, weather, winter

The official total snowfall this winter has reached 78 inches.  This is way above the average snowfall.  That does not mean that we have 78 inches of snow piled up everywhere.  Some snow has blown to new protected areas and some of it has melted.  Also snow is a lot lighter and fluffier the day it falls.  Give it a chance to pile up and it compresses quite a bit.

I checked my driveway yesterday to see how much snow pack I had there.  Over the winter I have packed 4 to 6 inches on the driveway.  It is now compressed to something that is not quite ice but no longer snow.

The snow pack has also had an effect on our temperatures here in south western Minnesota.  Minneapolis/St. Paul temperatures have been running 10 degrees higher during the day.  This extra heat means they are losing what snow they have left faster than we are.

March is usually our snowiest month.  I’m hoping that will not be true this year.  The good thing is March snow never stays very long.

Michael

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