Minn. snowfall records might be aided by climate change
Support for climate cast comes from Bank of America financing clean energy initiatives and advancements in renewable energy and spurring innovation in and the growth of environmentally focused companies markets and jobs Bank of America, NA, member FDIC. Snow in the forecast again, that's an argument against climate change. Right. I'm MPR chief meteorologist, Paul Hutton her. This is five cats. You've heard the one about Minnesota's two seasons winter and road construction. This February features just to weather forecasts snowing and snow on the way today, we close the books on the snowiest February on record across much of Minnesota. So what if anything does all this snow tell us about climate change? Let's talk about yet another climate record with Minnesota DNR senior climatologist, Kenny Blumenfeld, I would say that the geographic breadth is really what's fascinating. So of the first order the really big long standing climate stations in Minnesota. There's five of them four of them in broken February snowfall records. So that's been really impressive. So Kenny Blumenfeld you're at a party that guy comes up, and we all know who that guy is. And he says the inevitable. Hey, what's up with all this? No, we sure could use some of that global warming now. Okay. So have you been to? Lasca recently. It's really warm and Alaska, it's it's hard for us to remember. Sometimes that right now is not always. And that where we are is not everywhere. It's easy to forget that up until mid-january we had been really warm and the cold that we're ending with just barely pushes us over to a cold meteorological winter in Minnesota, we're just on the other side of it and the the balance of years since two thousand really since nineteen eighty have been warm during the wintertime in Minnesota and in North America. And of course, globally for still above average. The data shows Minnesota has warned six degrees in winter overall since nineteen seventy on average again, but hey, that's still plenty cold enough for heavy snow right in winter. Oh, yeah. Absolutely. And moreover, we're finding there's a little more water vapor around probably we can't say exactly why. But it might have to do with the rising global temperatures event. Rating more of the surface water off the ocean. Putting it into the atmosphere. So in Minnesota for the most part, even though we have gotten warmer. We also have gotten either snow ear or we have held steady with snowfall throughout the state getting with all these records. You're getting frequent flyer miles here on climate cast the past few months, but it leads me to wonder with so many records. What's the inside baseball talk like at the state climatology office about the kinds of records? We've been breaking in the last couple of years. Some of the things we talk about are. You know? Oh, I wonder what would happen if we looked at it this way. Or if we looked at it that way, and my colleague people makes Minnesota snow depth and percentile maps, and we can't help but note that about half the state is sitting at the ninety ninth percentile for snow depth for this time of year. So it's not the deepest. No we've ever seen. But it's about as deep as we've ever seen. So contiguous Lee across Minnesota this late in the season. And that's something that we're all kind of keeping an eye on. I on rivers and thinking, what ones snow gonna come off. And what's going to happen? When the snow comes off the land. Minnesota senior climatologist Kenny Blumenfeld, thanks for sharing. Your insight again today on climate. Thanks for having me on. We'll see probably next. My name is Caitlin Buckland. And I work as a program manager at the Great Plains institute, specializing in transportation and fuels which is heavily focused on electric vehicles. Biofuels we had a fleet vehicle on loan from Nissan, and I would say that experience really sold me on electric vehicles. I think mainly it was just how smooth ride was and in the winters who as I was driving it. It was a huge perk to have heated seats heated steering wheel. My husband, and I were at a point where we were looking for a different vehicle. So we decided to go for it. And we least twenty eighteen Nissan leaf. I'm aware that the transportation sector has the highest greenhouse gas emissions right now, a cell from sustainability standpoint, my husband, and I were really keen on improving the environment, reducing our emissions and then just. In general, lower maintenance. I mean, the only thing we've had to do in our V so far as changed to winter tires that's climate cast. I'm MPR chief meteorologist, Paul hunter.