5 Years ago Friday, the Dome collapsed

- Boy does time fly. It’s been 5 years since that big December day when more than 16 inches of snow tore through the Metrodome roof deflating one of the most iconic venues in the Twin Cities since it’s opening in 1982.  The one of a kind video showing the moment the roof came down made it around the world putting Minnesota in the spotlight.  But it wasn’t just this storm that made 2010 such a crazy winter.  By this date, 34 inches of snow had fallen since the season began which is about two thirds of our typical yearly total.  It fell on 13 different days since the first storm in October.  Compare that with this year and it’s like we moved to a warmer climate.  Only a little over 5 inches have fallen so far on just 3 occasions making it a pretty dismal start to the snow season.  I guess that’s what you get when you have one of the warmest falls on record.  So is this kind of weather whiplash unusual?  Not in the slightest!  Year to year variability in the Upper Midwest is exceedingly common and is one of many reasons why we often forget that we can have pretty tame winters too, because we only remember the bad ones.  So will this be a lackluster winter?  Who knows… only time can tell us that.

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