Remember the 1991 Halloween blizzard? Of course you do, it's the only thing Minnesotans talk about in October.
The good news is it’s not happening this year (although we narrowly dodged some significant snow), but be prepared for a cold trick-or-treat night!
In this week's episode of the Way Over Our Heads podcast, climatologist Kenny Blumenfeld and Jim du Bois get into a number of topics, including the unseasonably chilly weather ahead, above average precipitation in October, wet fields giving farmers fits in parts of the state, and an unusual tornado outbreak 23 years ago this month.
But wait. There's more for those of you hoping for a snowy winter (starting at the 2:35 mark).
Blumenfeld explains how the Twin Cities has only had a couple of back-to-back winters exceeding 75 inches of snow. He says it happened in the 1950s and again in each of the last two winters.
"What if we do it three winters in a row?" Blumenfeld says.
"There are some ominous signs that we can't exactly hang our hats on," Blumenfeld begins. "It's hard to find too many winters where you have winter-like conditions in October. We've had accumulating snow to our northwest in far northwest Minnesota and North Dakota, we've had accumulating snow along the North Shore in the Lutsen area, and now we're going to have accumulating snow to our southeast.
"It's kind of hard to look at each of those and not sort of conclude, 'wow, maybe it's arrived.' And if it's arrived, then there's concern that we're in for another long winter. There really hasn't been much indication that we've gotten out of our wet pattern just yet, and so if it is a cold winter and we remain in a wet pattern, that would be cold and snowy."
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