Thursday, February 20, 2014

Family Forecaster

My youngest son works for a landscaping company.  In the winter they plow snow.  Because he is in charge of plowing crews, he gets weather updates on his phone.  Sometimes he will post these updates on Facebook.  Friends and family have become accustomed to these weather related posts.

So when one of his forecasts did not appear right away this morning, his sister posted:  "This is supposed to be the biggest storm of the year. Where is your weather report?"

This is his reply:  "The snow will not start until around 10:00am. Indications of some westward shift. So, increasing snow to 4-8" west metro and 8-12" central and east ending 3am fri. This will also bring stronger wind gusts to 45 tmrw evening into fri."

Which was followed by:  "Weather Update MSP: Snow exploding on radar will start within the next 30-45min. Small change to snow amounts...and not in a good way. Add 2" across the board over the area will mean up to 8" west and 12" in the east.
Woohooo! Take it easy if you're out driving this afternoon."

This forecast is for Minneapolis and the surrounding area.  When a storm is approaching, I usually keep track of it here:

It hasn't yet started snowing here SW of Minneapolis, but looks like my area will get hit momentarily.  But I am stocked up for myself and the critters.  I don't need to go outdoors for anything.  I am pretty much caught up on what I wanted to get done here in my little apartment, so I think the rest of the day will be spent, yarn and crochet hook in hand, or maybe later, a good book.  And watch the world outside become covered in a soft, white blanket of snow.    Again.


  1. Hope you have an auxiliary heat source, just in case.

  2. We have shoveled here about 30 min ago. So have some of our neighbors. Ran to the P.O. earlier. Started snowing here around 9:30am. I think we have picked up 3 or 4 so far. Stay safe.

  3. The high today was around 78. The forecast tonight is for some rain, a passage of a front, and a high of 65 tomorrow.

  4. Gorges...We have it covered and will be just fine. Thanks for asking.

  5. Rob.....It sort of looks like much ado about nothing here, so far. I don't think we have had more than a couple of inches of snow. The radar shows the storm moving further east. Winds are nearly calm. Not that I'm complaining, mind you! I'll take a couple of inches of snow over a blizzard any day of the week!!

  6. Jess, I guess it all evens out in the end, doesn't it. You get warmth in the winter while I shiver, and when the heat is high and so is the humidity where you are, I have a comfortable summer by comparison! Temp here is still plus 32 degrees, so at least we aren't contending with sub-zero weather yet. Even with that, sometimes I wouldn't mind being a snowbird.

  7. Sounds quite nasty! S'funny how snow is so beautiful, yet disruptive and deadly.
    Take care.

  8. Dani...You're right - beautiful but deadly. I didn't realize how bad it is outside until I heard on the police scanner that emergency vehicles were getting stuck in snow drifts. Right after that we lost power for about an hour. When you live in a town, you are sheltered and don't know how bad it is out in the open. Should be over in a few hours. All is well.