Pete Boulay

Good Questions: National Anthem, Flu Names & LakesGaylene from St. Paul asks: Why do we put our hands over our hearts during the national anthem? It is actually part of United States law. The U.S. Flag Code was adopted in 1923, and it says when the flag is present during the anthem, veterans and members of the Armed Forces should give the military salute.
Dry Spring Has Farmers Ahead Of ScheduleDry conditions continue to plague much of Minnesota, with seasonal rainfall far below normal. The problem is most severe in the northwestern part of the state, where farm fields are crying for much-needed moisture.
Why Is It So Cold In Embarrass?The coldest temperature in the lower 48 happened in Embarrass Thursday morning when folks there registered a temperature of 41 below zero.
Season's Lack Of Snow Shouldn't Hurt FarmersMore than 60 percent of Minnesota has less than two inches of snow cover. That's causing climatologists to keep a close watch.
Good Question: Where Does This Cold Weather Originate?We all know Minnesota winters can be long and hard, but negative double digits is pretty cold, even for the heartiest Minnesotans. So, that had David from Red Wing wanting to know: Where does this cold weather start? Basically, the air circulates all over the world. In theory, you could balloon around the world if you caught the right winds.
Good Question ‘Reply All’: Street Sand Removal, Lake Names & Population SignsKen from Roseville asked: What do the cities do with all the sand they sweep up in the spring? That depends on the city.
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Minnesotans Still Feeling Effects Of Record WinterThe winter of 2013-14 has seemed to be never ending and many Minnesotans are at their breaking point. It's been a long one," University of Minnesota dentistry student Nate Vanlaecken said. Vanlaecken is sick and tired of looking out at his neighbor's lawns and seeing nothing but grass.
Misery Index Confirms Our Worst Winter In 30 YearsMinnesotans -- you have a reason to complain. According to the Winter Misery Index, a measuring stick developed by State Climatologist Pete Boulay, the Twin Cities are officially dealing with the worst winter in 30 years.
Bitterly Cold Winter For MN, But The Coldest?As cold as it might be, we're still a long way from joining the ranks of the coldest Minnesota winters.
Good Question: Does April Snow Help The Drought? With all the snow we’ve seen this winter, it’s hard to believe that Minnesota is in a severe drought.
Minnesota Could See Climate Record For 2012With 12 days left in the year, we could be looking at a climate record. This year in Minnesota is wrapping up as one of the warmest years on record, according to Assistant State Climatologist Pete Boulay.