A tough winter? Yup
The Minnesota DNR winter severity data released today show what
the vast majority of Minnesotans would tell you: It’s been a much
more severe winter than last year.
For the week ending Feb. 20, the winter severity index – the
combined number of days with snow deeper than 15 inches and
temperatures below 0 – in most parts of the state is well ahead of
The WSI covers the northern part of the state, and deer managers
grow especially concerned about mortality when deep snow lingers on
the ground into the spring. In the historically severe winter of
1995-’96, for example, there was deep snow on the ground in many
northern areas until mid-April.
Following are some recent WSI reports, and how they compare to the
same time last year. The first number is this year, the second is
Aitkin: 70, 30.
Bemidji: 94, 44.
Eveleth: 106, 44.
Greaney: 104, 43.
Grand Marais: 62, 10.
Isabella: 101, 89.
Park Rapids: 95, 47.
Roseau WMA: 105, 49.
Tower: 101, 45.