warm winter

Growers worry frost will imperil plants, ochards

With temperatures set to dip below freezing again, apple orchard operators are crossing their fingers and hoping for the best. The early warmth this year means plants are ahead of schedule -- and in danger of frost damage.

Feds: Climate change only 'minor factor' in March heatwave

A meteorologist with the NOAA says the warmth was a "freak event" caused by warm air blowing north from the Gulf of Mexico. But some outside scientists say climate change is indeed behind weather extremes like the March heatwave and that we should expect more.

Mild winter has Minnesotans saving hundreds on heating bills

Lower gas prices haven't hurt, either. Some consumers can expect their total winter heating bills to be up to $200 less than last year.

Maple syrup producers report worst year in memory

Maple trees this year didn't see the usual fluctuations from warm days to freezing nights that cause the sap to run. And now with buds appearing, "sap production's over," says one producer who harvested about a quarter of what he usually collects.

Anglers worry warm weather will kill off fish

Outdoors groups say mild winters could hurt fish that rely on the cold to survive, which could hurt the state's $4.8 million fishing industry and provide an even wider opening for unwanted invaders like the Asian carp.

March may be warmest month ever compared with average

MPR's Paul Huttner crunches the numbers and says this month could be the warmest ever -- when compared with average temperatures at MSP airport -- in 121 years. So far temperatures overall have been 16.7 degrees higher than the average in the Twin Cities area.

City of Minneapolis sees first winter without snow emergencies in 25 years

The city says it doesn't yet know what effect that could have on its budget.

Allergy season arrives early

The mild winter means no lull for allergy sufferers, and some people are getting a double-dose of agony with allergies overlapping flu season.

Just how many weather records have we broken?

Check out this tally from the National Weather Service. Since March 10, the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and Eau Claire areas have each seen eight days that topped or tied high temperature records.

More people and vehicles are falling through the ice

People "shouldn't even be thinking about going out there," a DNR officer tells the Star Tribune after a weekend that saw yet more vehicles and people cracking through thin ice.

Some lakes see earliest ice-out in years

Warm weather and strong gusts of wind are opening up lakes far earlier than usual, and anglers and resort owners are eager to get a jump on the season.

More reminders of dangerous conditions Minnesota lakes

Our mild weather continues to pose a danger on Minnesota lakes right now. Another pickup broke through thin ice Saturday on Lake Minnetonka. WCCO reports the two men inside the truck were able to escape from the windows and make it to shore safely. An SUV crashed through Lake Minnetonka last Sunday. Authorities continue to remind people the warm winter is creating "extremely dangerous" conditions.

2012 makes the top ten list of Twin Cities' warmest Januarys

Step aside, 1933. You've been bumped down to ninth place on the list of warm Januarys. And at least the first week of February is looking pretty toasty, as well.

Twin Cities hits record 50 degrees, but that's about to change as cold front blows in

Enjoy it while you can: The National Weather Service says a cold front will sweep through soon. Climatologists are saying this will likely be the warmest start to January we've ever seen, and the operator of a maple syrup business tells Kare 11 he's astounded to see the sap flowing.

Red River valley shatters records for warmest December 18th

More winter-like temperatures are arriving, after a weekend that felt downright spring-like. Fargo and Grand Forks both surpassed 50 to break long-standing record highs.