March in Minnesota is rarely this mild, it’s usually a lot moodier (my term, and not too scientific). Why is it so moody? Because the great weather titans Cold Front and Warm Front clash. Cold has a strong foothold in the state, but Warm is determined to push cold out.
In less flowery terms, it means when these two do clash, we usually get a snowstorm. It’s not been uncommon to get a foot or more of snow when the two systems collide.
But this year seems very different. We really haven’t had that much snow and it hasn’t been that cold. This reminds me a lot of the 1997-1998 winter when we were under the influence of El Niño. We had next to no snow and the temperatures were in the mid-30s all winter.
Spring that year, however, was another matter. We had very strong, almost violent, storms – including straight line winds in the city proper, something that just didn’t happen.
During one of these storms, a large tree fell and landed just six inches from the front of my car. Other cars weren’t so lucky. Many trees were uprooted during the storms. And many power outages across the metro.
I don’t have any clue if this spring will be a repeat of that year, we’ll have to wait and see. But for right now, I am enjoying this beautiful spring, correction, winter, day.