Where: Interstate State Park, just by the town of Taylors Falls When: Sunday, November 15. The weather: so warm in the beautiful sunshine that coats were left in cars, hikers were walking in t-shirts and some intrepid rock climbers were - gasp! - shirtless. Sorry, isn't it November? In Minnesota?
The high temperature on Sunday was 49 degrees but it certainly felt warmer in the sun. And there's been several glorious days so far this November, a rarity when the average maximum temperature for the middle of November is only 40 degrees, and November averages 7.9 inches of snow fall. We've barely had an inch or two so far this month.
But, on the other side of town to the shirtless mountaineers, Wild Mountain Ski and Snowboard area opened on Sunday. It's been cold enough overnight for Wild Mountain to make snow, and they opened with one run and one lift operating, with appropriately discounted lift tickets for the day. Wild Mountain says that they will continue to make snow every time the weather is cold enough and hope to have more runs open soon.
So when does winter begin in Minneapolis and St. Paul? When does it start to snow in Minneapolis? That's the real kind, not make by the snow guns at ski resorts. It does seem like it's late this year, and so far the forecast for the coming week does indicate more higher-than-average temperatures, and doesn't contain any snow. But the unseasonal weather can't last much longer... can it? Surely we'll be due snow and ice and all the traditional cold weather in another next week? Or will we be celebrating Thanksgiving in our shirtsleeves? What do you think?