Minnesota Was Warmer Than Arizona and Most of Florida Yesterday

Categories: Weather, Winter

Bizarre is the new normal when it comes to weather

Yesterday morning Minnesota hit a record high of 51 degrees, which was warmer than almost everywhere else in the nation.

The unbelievable mid-December heat wave had the state feeling as warm as just about anywhere on either coast, but Daniel Luma with the National Weather Service station in Chanhassen said things will quickly return to normal.

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St. Cloud Cathedral Kills Snow Days

David Wiley via Creative Commons
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Scores of kids around the state had school cancelled due to Monday's snowstorm, leaving them free to sleep in, sit back, and enjoy a free extended weekend courtesy of Mother Nature.

Lazy students got an extra day to procrastinate writing that paper they put off all weekend, while others had a chance to go sledding, build a snow fort, or, more likely, sit inside while live-tweeting a Netflix binge.

Unfortunately for students at St. Cloud's Cathedral High School, that wasn't the case.

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How was Metro Transit Bus Service During Winter's First Storm? [GRAPH]

Ben Johnson
A look at Metro Transit's bus service during the winter's first storm (No data available at 9:00)

Most of the metro didn't get nearly the 6-15 inches of snow the weather terrorists meteorologists said we were getting yesterday, but that didn't stop the roads from freezing and turning traffic into the crawling hellscape we've come to expect every winter.

We know the agony of waiting at a bus stop, late and cold, wondering when (or if) your ride will ever show up. Here's a graph made using Metro Transit's frequent social media updates showing it pays to hop out of bed and get going early. (Or just hit the snooze and take a half day.)

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Hennepin County says it didn't know about pothole that gave man concussion [PHOTO]

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A Hennepin County spokesperson tells us officials hadn't heard about an axle-busting south Minneapolis pothole near the intersection of 46th Street and Minnehaha Avenue that concussed a man until Fox 9 put together a story about it for last night's 9 o'clock news.

Workers "didn't know that was there but saw the story," Kayla Bromelkamp, public affairs officer for Hennepin County, says. "They went out there this morning and fixed it immediately."

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Snowdiculous: Top images from Minnesota's April snowstorm

Categories: Weather, Winter
@jenyoung18 on Twitter
After the winter we just endured, Minnesotans couldn't be blamed for experiencing some PTSD this morning when we woke up, saw white stuff on the ground, and heard the sound of ice being scraped off cars in driveways and on streets.

Of course, we tend to forget that the Twin Cities was rocked by a bigger snowstorm even later in the spring last year, but no matter -- it's mid-April and we don't deserve this crap anymore, dammit.

To help ease the pain a bit, we've compiled the best 10 April snowstorm-related images we've seen on Twitter below the jump.

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Winter-crazed man mows lawn in shorts amid blizzard [VIDEO]

Categories: Weather, Winter
Our never-ending winter has evidently driven one Fargo man crazy.

If not insanity, what else explains Ryan Lindberg "mowing the lawn" in his shorts amid blizzard conditions?

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Como Park High reviewing fire protocol after swimsuit-clad student gets frostbite

Categories: Education, Winter
WCCO screengrab -- Kayona Hagen-Tietz is at right.
Around 8:30 a.m. on February 26, the fire alarm went off at St. Paul's Como Park High School. It wasn't a drill.

Some students were wrapping up swimming class at the time. One of them, 14-year-old freshman Kayona Hagen-Tietz, had lingered in the pool longer than most of her classmates and ended up outside the school in her wet swimsuit, without shoes. Temperatures at the time were 5 below with a windchill 20 degrees colder.

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Minnesota farmer erects 50-foot snowman [PHOTOS]

Categories: Winter
Granddaddy image via @BuzzFeedStorm on Twitter
Needing to move snow away from his greenhouses, a Gilman farmer named Greg Novak got creative.

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With the help of a silage blower, fenced-in silos, a 61-foot auger, and a 55-gallon barrel, Novak built a gigantic snowman, Granddaddy, that is 45 feet wide at the base and 50 feet tall, according to the St. Cloud Times.

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New restrictions mean parking in Minneapolis might be a mess until April

The city of Minneapolis imposed winter parking restrictions yesterday, meaning drivers face a $200-plus ticket and tow if they park on the even numbered side of non-Snow Emergency Routes.

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Minneapolis's move came days after Minnesota's most recent snowpocalypse left some city streets too narrow for emergency vehicles to safety operate.

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Hundreds of cars towed in back-to-back snow emergencies

Categories: Winter
Daniel Dix via @DDwx
At the ready: Twin Cities cars on Thursday night.
Between Monday and Wednesday, Minneapolis crews plowed the equivalent of a one-lane road between Minneapolis and Anchorage, Alaska. Last night, they started doing it all over again.

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