Friday, February 23, 2007

Ridin' the Storm Out

Tomorrow is a scheduled day off from running, and because the weather looks pretty sketchy this weekend, I decided to get in my long run today while the roads and trails were still clear. After work, I did an 8 mile run around the lake and through some of the various trails in the neighborhood. It was a relatively mild temperature, but we had a wind out of the east-southeast that was positively howling. The run was pretty comfortable, however. It felt good.

But now, as REO Speedwagon once sang, I'm "Ridin' the storm out!" :)

As I type this, virtually all of southen and central MN went under a winter storm warning. Latest projections for the Twin Cities are for 12-15 inches of white stuff accumulating through Sunday, with some isolated areas getting up to 18. Wow! We will see if that materializes, but it looks as if it is going to be a doozy.

I am just glad I don't have to travel anywhere this weekend. It is the perfect excuse to just stay hunkered down, watch some sports and maybe a few movies, do some cooking and baking, and watch the snowflakes fall. And maybe I will break out the snowshoes for a run around the neighborhood on Sunday!

I lifted the following from the local National Weather Service office in the Twin Cities. Here are some interesting figures documenting some of the Twin Cities' biggest snowstorms in history (or at least, since they started keeping track!):

Top Snowfall Events for the Twin Cities

THE TOP TEN SNOWFALLS FOR THE TWIN CITIES ARE LISTED BELOW. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE NUMEROUS EVENTS WHERE OVER ONE FOOT OF SNOW FELL...A SNOWFALL EVENT WITH MORE THAN 12 INCHES HAS NEVER OCCURRED IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY. HERE IS A LOOK AT THE BIGGEST EVENTS:


TOP TEN SNOWFALLS FOR MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL (KMSP):
• October 31 - November 3, 1991 (28.4 inches) -HALLOWEEN BLIZZARD
• November 29 - December 1, 1985 (21.1 inches)
• January 22 - January 23, 1982 (20.0 inches)
• January 20 - January 21, 1982 (17.4 inches)
• November 11 - November 12, 1940 (16.8 inches)-ARMISTICE DAY BLIZZARD
• March 3 - March 4, 1985 (16.7 inches)
• March 11 - March 14, 1940 (16.7 inches)
• December 27 - December 28, 1982 (16.5 inches)
• January 20 - January 21, 1917 (16.0 inches)
• March 8 - March 9, 1999 (16.0 inches)

NOTE: OBSERVATIONS BETWEEN 2000-2004 WERE TAKEN AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN CHANHASSEN.

We have a shot at cracking the top ten! :) I will keep you posted. Pictures will be forthcoming if it gets really interesting.

Sing it with me, now..."Ridin' the storm out!"

Jean
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