Washington COVID-19 model based on different assumptions

Minnesota officials have been under pressure to explain why the model the state is relying on for the spread of COVID-19 differs so dramatically from one developed by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

Minnesota's coronavirus death projections are much higher than others. Why?

The nation's top infectious disease official, Dr. Anthony Fauci, cut his projection of the U.S. coronavirus death total by half, crediting social distancing. Fauci's new prediction -- that 60,000 Americans would die -- was dramatically different than the numbers Minnesota's health commissioner and governor are using.

Twin Cities nearly snowless since mid-February

Our snow season this winter started off with a bang in late November, with several inches of the white flakes falling before we even hit December. After that, off and on snows greeted Minnesotans all the way through the middle of February.

Minnesota gets a much needed March reprieve

Well, it finally happened. We finally had a March that wasn’t just an extension of winter.  The last couple of years, March was characterized by cold and snow. This year, while we did have above average moisture, thanks to our late month rains, it was a bearable four weeks that started our spring transition much earlier than the last couple of years.

Slowing air travel may be affecting your forecast

With COVID-19 shutting down many components of daily life from restaurants to schools to the way we travel, it was only a matter of time before it effects everything in your life--and that includes your forecast.

Ice out! Some Minnesota lakes have already declared ice-free conditions

Well, it’s that time of year again. The sure sign that we’ve turned the corner from winter’s wrath and are headed for the much warmer conditions of the spring and summer. It’s ice out season. Over the last decade or so, it’s really become the unofficial marker to spring, much like Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer. Our infatuation with it is a bit puzzling, but somehow it’s a big deal every year.