Posted at: 01/25/2013 6:06 PM
By: Mitch Pittman
Many ski events are either being canceled or postponed because of our lack of snow this winter.
So far this winter, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport has recorded 17.4" of snow. That's a full 14" below our average for this time of year of 31.4".
This shortcoming comes a year after another dismal winter in regards to snow, in which we had only seen 14.4" of snow up to this point.
For people wanting to cross country ski, you've got a snowball's chance in Minnesota of skiing around Lake Calhoun where we found some disappointed skiers.
"There's no snow, and it's ruined the winter," said Blair Hawkins with a half-smile. "Everything was great, we were able to ski, enjoy ourselves, then we got rain on two occasions and destroyed it."
On January 25, 2011, we already had 55.7" of snow, for comparison. We have had back to back low snow seasons in the past, most notably in 1957-58 we had 21.2" and 1958-59 we only got 19.1 inches.