I, for one, welcome our new snowman overlords


At the start of this month in Minnesota, we had a fairly heavy snowfall that left a lot of people saying things like “Ohh ya, this is unusual,” and “Uffdah! This is aboot the most snow I’ve ever seen in May, dun-chya-know!”

Having suffered, aghast and bone chilled, through a few Minnesota winters I wasn’t convinced they weren’t sugarcoating it a little. (You have to wonder about that first big wave of Minnesotan settlers, writing to their family to come and join them. I bet a good few of them skipped over the weather to put extra emphasis other things, like how many Super Targets there were within a short ox-cart ride.)

I compiled some figures from the National Weather Service — and it turned out they weren’t exaggerating. Here’s the snowfall in May over the past hundred years:

Intrigued, I hastily fumbled through some more figures, expecting to find evidence of a vast, slow downslide into sub-Narnian conditions, over time. Fortunately, it seems that the status quo is being preserved. In fact, if you squint at this graph it looks like the average temperature might even be rising very slightly, decade on decade:

This year is a particularly cold one, as you can see from this graph:

Lucky us.