MSP: 14th Largest Snow Storm On Record

The 15” officially at MSP ranks as the 14th largest snow storm on record for the Twin Cities. Click here for more details from the Minnesota Climatology Office/MNDNR.


National Weather Forecast

On Friday, another atmospheric river will start to impact portions of the west coast with additional heavy rain and snow. Other scattered areas of precipitation can be expected across the lower 48, including snow in the Rockies, rain and snow from the Central Plains to Ohio River Valley, and a system producing snow and mixed precipitation from the Great Lakes into New England.

The heaviest additional rain and snow through Saturday evening will be out in the western United States due to a new atmospheric river system moving on in.

Potential precipitation late Friday through late Sunday.

Another atmospheric river will start to take aim at northern California Friday, moving south toward the Bay Area into the weekend. Another 2-5” of rain could fall across portions of northern and central California with this next atmospheric river, continuing the threat of flooding.

Potential precipitation next Monday and Tuesday.

This weekend won’t be the end of the rain as another atmospheric river looks to impact California early next week, with another widespread 2-5” of rain expected from it – setting off another round of potential flooding.


Will California’s ‘atmospheric river’ storms end the drought?

More from Grist: “For the past three years, California has been suffering under the worst drought in state history. Key reservoirs have bottomed out, farmers have left their fields unplanted, and cities have forced residents to let their lawns go brown. Now the state’s weather has taken a violent swing in the other direction. A series of powerful “atmospheric river” storms — so called because they look like horizontal streams of moisture flowing in from the Pacific — have brought record-breaking precipitation to the Golden State over the last two weeks, dropping almost a foot of rain in the San Francisco Bay Area, overwhelming the state’s rivers, and bringing several feet of snow to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the eastern part of the state. The storms have caused widespread devastation, destroying critical roadways in the Bay Area and killing at least five people.

Warming climate means more and stronger Atlantic tropical storms

More from Iowa State University: “A warming climate will increase the number of tropical cyclones and their intensity in the North Atlantic, potentially creating more and stronger hurricanes, according to simulations using a high-resolution, global climate model. “Unfortunately, it’s not great news for people living in coastal regions,” said Christina Patricola, an Iowa State University assistant professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, an affiliate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California and a study leader. “Atlantic hurricane seasons will become even more active in the future, and hurricanes will be even more intense.”

DOE official warns of solar supply chain risks

More from Axios: “Relying on Asia for imports could pose a risk to U.S. solar growth, a top Department of Energy official told Axios in an interview. Why it matters: The department is shedding light on where it believes there is risk in the solar supply chain (China) — and where there isn’t — ahead of aggressive oversight from House Republicans. What they’re saying: “There are certainly supply chain risks that come from having manufacturing concentrated in China and Southeast Asia,” DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office director Becca Jones-Albertus told Axios. “We certainly want a more diverse geographic footprint and we would really like to have more of that here at home.”


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