Minnesota Mega Storm of 2018, and the Giant Snowdrift that Conquered our Driveway!

in photos •  last year

Last week, us Minnesotians believed the long and grueling winter of 2017-2018 was coming to an end. No possible way we could have another big snowfall this year. Afterall, we already had enough snow to last us 2 winters.

Then the 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙 snow came. Early this week forecasters were predicting up to 12 inches of snow for Saturday leaving everyone here stunned. Now, at 8:20pm on Saturday, I can tell you now 18 inches is more realistic.

Below is a photo of our driveway:

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Couple the amount of snow with gusts of over 50 mph, I can certainly tell you this mid-April storm is now in the historic category for our part of Minnesota.

Even growing up in Northern Minnesota (150 miles north of here), which is quite a bit colder, we rarely saw this much snow, especially this late in the season. Typically in Minnesota, we will have 6 inches which will melt right away this time of year. You can fall back on a 50-degree day to make Spring look like Spring again.

However, and particularly with this storm, we will have no rest from the harsh weather. Forecasters are calling for even more snow for the next 4 out of 5 days. It will be hard to imagine a snow-free area for at least 10-15 days.

Does anyone want my Twins tickets? How about my BBQ Grill?

In the meantime, we'll try and reflect at least spring. We already had leaves on the trees, we had temps typically in the 60s, and I think I already had 5 rounds of golf completed.

Oh, those were the days.

It is Minnesota though. My post in the near future could be about mosquitoes and sunburn.

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I recently came to better understand the concepts of a zero sum game versus a positive sum game. So basically we have humanity in a positive sum game, whereby there is growth etc etc but that system itself is underlying an undeniably 'zero sum game' which is 'generally climate'.

Your historic amounts of snow 'came from somewhere' and somewhere therefore shall get less of what it was expecting as a result.

This kind of thing is happening around the globe. And shall likely continue for many years to come, getting progressively worse as we decide which form of 'mostly inaction' is best...

However, I'm sure we will get through it fine.

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We do receive wild extremes, don't we? Last year the earliest Tornado known sighting occurred in Minnesota on March 5th (I believe that was the date). Unfortunately, it impacts the poorest among us the worst.

Miss those days as a kid there....don’t miss them as adult away from there too much. Hurricane or blizzards.🤔

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At this point, I might trade the occasional Hurricane for every day Blizzards!

wouw...

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Yep!

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Fantastic...

Man, I wish this had happened when I was in high school. This is a generational snowstorm. I'm sure you're pretty sick of winter by now but wow, thanks for these photos!