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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published February 27 2013

Weather Talk: Northern Minnesota to often see warmer temps in coming weeks

During the next few weeks, the astute weather observer will notice that the high temperatures in northern Minnesota will often be warmer than those found in eastern North Dakota. This will be particularly noticeable on sunny days.

The sun is now just as high in the sky as it is in October, but the abundant snow cover in the area reflects much of that incoming solar radiation back into space, suppressing the temperature potential locally. But in Minnesota, the large expanse of trees on top of the snowpack absorbs much more of the solar energy than is possible on the open prairie covered in snow.

There is certainly some temperature increase potential in the deciduous trees of the Minnesota lakes country, yet the effect is even more noticeable in the pine forests from Bemidji and eastward. Until our snow cover melts, it will not be uncommon for Bemidji to report a high temperature in the 40s on a sunny March afternoon, with Fargo-Moorhead recording temperatures only in the mid- to upper 20s.

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