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FRAZIER BLOG: Time to put winter behind us

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Meteorologist Steve Frazier Meteorologist Steve Frazier

I feel that I am safe in saying that most of us are ready to put winter 2012-2013 into the history books and look forward to brighter and warmer days. The white stuff has a different plan and seems to want to hang on for a little while longer. Although frustrating, our May snowfall is not a first time event. The Twin Cities has seen a trace of snow as late as May 28. In case you're wondering, that late May taste of winter happened in 1965.

Although it may not be final, I think it's safe to say that it will be tough to add to our winter numbers. So, as we get ready for the fishing opener this weekend, here is a recap of our 2012-2013 winter season.

It's always good to break it down. This past winter had its share of feast and famine moments. The season started off slow and then attempted to make up for lost time in the end. In the process, giving us record snowfalls for May and near record snow falls for April.

As you can see below, our April showers were a little flaky but only flaky enough to put us in 3rd place for the snowiest Aprils.

Then came May with May Day taking on a whole new meaning.

snow totals from May 1-3 Winter Storm

Viewer pic from Jason Holmer; Fun first day of practice for the @StJude Bass Classic in Wabasha 5-2-13

We will not soon forget our historical May 1-3 snow event! The Twin cities needed just 3 inches to set a record for May. Although we missed out on that in the metro, 6 times that amount fell just to our southeast. We were able to set a record on May 3rd! It only took half an inch, but keep in mind, this is May, and even a little snow is a rare event.

 

Finally, if there is a silver lining to this winter cloud it's the much needed moisture. A combination of numerous snowfalls and a slow snow melt has eased the drought situation for much of Minnesota.

Frazier

 

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