Chris Shaffer was raised in Stillwater, Minn. (Go Ponies!) and left our great state for four years to attend the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he earned degrees in Meteorology and Mass Communications.
Chris is an Emmy award-winning meteorologist and a proud member of the American Meteorological Society. He has been awarded the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation. You may have seen him over the years doing the weather on television at KMSP FOX9 and WFTC/UPN 29. You may have also heard him back in his radio days on KOOL108, BOB100 (as Blaze Bodean), 104.1 The Point (as Cheeks), Cities 97, K102 (as Jack Wilde and himself) or KTLK.
It is no wonder why Chris is so passionate about Minnesota weather. His great uncle Wilbur was struck and killed by lightning while farming in southern Minnesota in the summer of 1952.
His family vehicle was once chased by a tornado near Maplewood, Minn. and one December on the way to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, his family spent the night snowed in at a church in Winthrop, Minn., praying the blizzard would let up so they could get to Redwood Falls and open their presents the next morning.
Chris and his wife have family members all around the Twin Cities. And it’s natural to forecast for the entire region with family in Pipestone, St. Cloud, Willmar, Sartell and Blooming Prairie just to name a few.
Chris loves the weather because it is always changing and is a constant challenge, much like raising his three daughters, who are as loud as a thunderstorm, pretty as a sunset and strong as a straight-line wind.
And who can forget the family pets … two guinea pigs (Pixie and Posie) and a Boston Terrier named Bailey.
We are living weather history once again. It looks like this will be the warmest March on record.
Yes, that was a great tune from Bob Seger, and it will sum up our Tuesday.
It’s hard to remember that we warmed to 52 degrees the day after Christmas. Many forget that we also hit 52 degrees on Jan. 10 this year. And many will be glad to hear we take a run at 52 (or warmer) on Tuesday.
So many Twitter and Facebook followers have been asking me to name this storm. I do my best to forecast and cover them, not name them. But I will cave and name it the Slop Ness Monster.
The steering winds are beginning to send some actual precipitation our way. It has been a tame winter to date, with 18 inches of snow and only three nights below zero here in the Twin Cities.
It wasn’t enough to cancel school, fire up the snow blower or create an agonizing drive home. But it finally snowed more than a trace in the Twin Cities.
It actually feels like winter again.
It looks like the big storm that dumped more than four feet of snow on parts of Colorado will miss us to the south.
We have been melting away our snow with temperatures well above average. The wind is quite light, and that allows the low-level moisture to hang around in the form of fog.
We finally have some snow coming our way. It isn’t a large storm, but we will take what we can get this winter.
We will have some light snow to deal with during the day on Saturday.
We tied a daily record high of 49 degrees in the Twin Cities Monday. The previous high mark was set back in 2002.
Our high temps were actually below average on Monday, and at times the wind made it feel pretty brutal. Actually, that’s what early January should feel like.
It looks more and more like this will be one of our warmest Decembers on record.
Winter officially begins at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, but it won’t feel like winter for quite some time.
Our Friday will feel fairly average for this time of year with a high around 27 degrees and a chance of some flurries.
We warmed to 40 for the first time this month Monday. Not record heat by any stretch, but a good ten degrees above average for this time of year.
We currently have a snow depth in the Twin Cities of two inches. That is what remains from our snowfall last Saturday. Since then temperatures have been cool enough for our snow to stick around, but that will change this weekend.
The wind will make if feel below zero Thursday morning. There will be a secondary cold front dropping south as the day progresses. This is the leading edge of the coldest air yet this season.
We have just lived through the driest autumn in Twin Cities history. This goes back over the past 141 years.
November has been dry and warm, so why not end it that way. The last day of the month will be the warmest of the next several days.
On average, November and December are our cloudiest months. We are living up to it these days.
We’ve only received a trace of snow so far in the Twin Cities. That is about 5 inches below average for this time of year. We won’t gain it all back in one storm, but we will see some snow.
We start our Thursday with the coolest air since late March. At least the wind will be lighter, but the teens feel cold.
A cold front will swing through dry early on Tuesday, and the wind will crank up from the west with 10-20 mph gusts. And cooler air is coming our way.