Why Southern MN Doesn’t Have Much Snow
We saw some light snow Thursday morning and there are more snow showers in the forecast again Friday afternoon, but do you know why we haven't had a lot of snow this year?
This hasn't been a very snowy winter in southeast Minnesota so far. We really only had one big snowstorm-- which happened back in early December-- but other than that, we've pretty much haven't seen much of anything white falling from the sky.
That first storm DID dump a sizeable amount of snow on us-- we got about 7 inches at our place in northwest Rochester-- but thanks to that warm week before Christmas, most of that snow is now long gone.
KARE-11 meteorologist Belinda Jensen noted that, as of last week, Rochester had received only 10.6 inches of snow so far this season-- which is nearly a foot under our average snowfall total this time of year.
But I think I know why: It's because I got a new snowblower this year. Okay, it wasn't actually new-- it's about 4 years old-- but it's new to me. (It was my late father's but since we now have a service to keep mom's driveway clear back in Wisconsin, I brought dad's snowblower with me back to Minnesota last fall.)
Nothing keeps the snow away more than someone itching to fire up their new snowblower, right?!? Heck, I remember when I bought my first snowblower back in the winter of 2002. If I recall, that winter we barely got ANY snow as well. It's a curse!
Mother Nature always seems to even the score, though. We'll probably still get more than our share of snow this year-- but in March, when NOBODY wants it, right?