Our weather numbers move higher today. A few wispy high cirrus clouds drift by a strengthening March sun. The sun is now as high in the sky as late September.
The mercury responds into the 40s across much of Minnesota today. Outdoor patio lunches creep as close as Des Moines, Iowa.
Pine tree effect
So why could it be warmer today in the forests of northern Minnesota than in the snow covered prairies of southwest Minnesota? You can thank the pine tree effect.
Dark forests absorb and re-radiate the sun’s rays more efficiently. That helps warm the air mass over the forest faster than the snow covered prairie which reflects about 90% of the sun’s inbound rays back into space.
Temperatures in Minnesota hit a minor speed bump Thursday and Friday. The weekend looks mild again. Freeze. Thaw. Repeat.
Snow cover thinning
Today’s warmth takes another bite out of thinning snow cover in southern Minnesota. Bare spots are showing up between Hutchinson and Redwood Falls and in other places. The edge of the snow line rides northern Iowa. It creeps north today.
Boston got a foot
Actually 14.8 inches to be more precise. That’s the storm total at Boston’s Logan Airport. It was more than 20 inches in many areas nearby. A very well forecast storm.
Where are those people who say meteorologists are wrong half the time? Good job forecast models and Boston National Weather Service office.
Here's the updated snow totals through 1AM. Will be updating mainly after sunrise. We'd like any remaining reports! The list version of the snowfall reports can be found here: https://t.co/Dtrvxrgt3G pic.twitter.com/RhvHCCyrn2
— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) March 14, 2018