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Freezing fog Monday morning

Weather column: Some freezing fog was found across the area early Monday morning and that made driving a bit tricky. The winds picked up once the sun rose, and that helped to stir up the atmosphere and break up some of the fog.

Temperatures have certainly warmed up to get back to where we should be for this time of the year.  Normally, highs now are generally around 30 degrees. We should see temperatures close to that for much of the rest of the week and into the weekend.

As February wraps up, we see that it has been a colder than average February. The average temperature for the month as of Monday was 13.4 degrees. This was nearly three degrees colder than average for the month.

As far as precipitation for the month, it was 1.33” of moisture as of Monday. This was actually .86” above normal for the month. At St. Cloud, for example, 16.8” of snow has fallen during the month of February. I know the snowmobilers are having lots of fun this winter with all the snow, and it is some good news for farmers as well.

By the way, we had a full moon on Monday. The name of the full moon for February is the “full snow moon” as snow often piles up during the month of February. Some Native Americans also called it the “full hunger moon” as some Indian tribes went hungry during tough winters, because it could be hard to hunt at times.

We could see a bit of snow returning by next Monday as a weak disturbance slides through. Otherwise, we have dodged a couple of strong winter storms the past week that hit the Central Plains.

Have a good weekend!

Weather history: On this date in 1983, warm weather was found across the state of Minnesota, as temperatures warmed into the 40s and 50s, giving everyone “spring fever!”

Weather fact: Freezing fog: Used to describe the phenomena when fog is present and the air temperature is below 32 degrees F.

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead Low 16 High 30

Duluth Low 19  High 34

Central Minn. Low 15 High 32

Twin Cities Low 22 High 35

Rochester Low 22 High 34

Marshall Low 18 High 32

Monday, Feb. 25: Variable cloudiness and mild. High 32 Low 19 Winds: NW 5-15>20 mph Prec. None.

Monday’s sunrise: 7:02 a.m.

Monday’s sunset: 6:04 p.m.

Normal High: 30

Normal Low: 14

High pressure will keep the region quiet for much of the rest of the week and into the weekend before another weak disturbance arrives possibly by Monday.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, fog possible early. High 28 Low 12 Winds: N 5-10 mph Prec. None.

Friday: Overcast skies early along with some patchy fog. High 25 Low 10 Winds: Variable 5-10 mph Prec. None.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with early morning fog possible. High 32 Low 16 Winds: SE 5-10 Prec. None.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 25 Low 14 Wind: SE 5-10 mph Prec. None.