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Why should Hurricanes get all the name recognition?

During the winter season of 2010-11, KMGK’s Dave McClurg (D-Mac) is giving names to any winter storm that affects any part of the state of Minnesota. These names are not endorsed by any weather agency, such as the National Weather Service. For this winter season, we start with the back end of the alphabet, and work our way toward the front, alternating male and female names. If a storm has taken place, the date(s) of the winter storm will be noted next to the name (the storm’s name will be noted in bold), along with the storm’s impact and some of the Minnesota locations affected by the event. A storm will be given a name if a Winter Storm Warning is issued by the National Weather Service for any part of Minnesota during the 2010-11 winter season.
While we may be noting winter storms in a somewhat trivial way here, every winter storm should be taken seriously, especially if you are living in or traveling through an area affected by the storm. Road condition updates can be found online, at, or by calling 511. If a storm is impacting your area, you should consider avoiding road travel, or at least factor in extra time for making your road trip. Have extra blankets, water, and food in your vehicle, should you become stranded in a rural area. Always carry a fully charged cell phone, if making a road trip (but if you must use your cell phone in your vehicle, pull over to the shoulder of the road, or to the curb, in a city or town. Never operate a moving vehicle when using a cell phone or communication device. It’s too dangerous for you and anyone else on the road!). Be sure to stay tuned to local media, including KMGK, Smooth Magic 107.1 FM, for weather reports and updates.

The 2010-11 roster of Winter Storm names:

Zachary (Dates: November 12-13. Impacted parts of Central, South Central, and East Central Minnesota, dumping as much as 10-11 inches of heavy wet snow in locations such as Maple Grove and New Hope, in the suburbs of Minneapolis)

Yolanda (Date: November 22. Impacted the northern third of Minnesota, leaving 4-7 inches of snow from Detroit Lakes to Grand Rapids)

Xavier (Dates: November 29-30. The heaviest snow from Xavier occurred almost along the U.S. Highway 71 corridor through Central Minnesota, dumping almost 10 inches in the Morgan and Redwood Falls areas, nearly six inches in the Willmar, Belgrade, and Brooten areas, and more than eight inches in Long Prairie)

Wendy (Dates: December 3-4. This system featured snow with low moisture content, but still caused numerous accidents across the state and one fatality. Highest snowfall totals occurred over portions of East Central and Southeastern Minnesota, with more than 10 inches in Wanamingo and nearly a foot of snow in Lakeville)

Vance (Dates: December 10-11. This whopper of a system drew comparisons to the famous “Halloween Blizzard” from October 31-November 2, 1991. The characteristics of Vance included freezing drizzle early in the storm, which created quarter-inch thick ice around Springfield and New Ulm. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport’s measurement of 17.1 inches ranked this storm the fifth snowiest, in the more than a century that official weather records have been kept. Highest snowfall totals included 20 inches in Oakdale, more than 21 inches in Shakopee, and 26 inches in the Southeastern Minnesota community of Winona. At one point in Vance’s second day, blizzard warnings were in effect, simultaneously, across parts of six states in the Upper Midwest. One of the more tangible casualties of Vance was visibly noticed the day after the storm, when the roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis collapsed, due to excessive amounts of snow. This forced the primary tenant, the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL, to play its final two home games of the season at alternate locations)

Ursula (Dates: December 15-16. Ursula had a much smaller coverage area than did Vance, and its length of time as a Winter Storm was much shorter. The moisture content of Ursula included the light, powdery-type snow, but small pockets of West Central, Central, and South Central Minnesota received up to a foot of new snow, which caused more than two dozen school districts to close on December 16th. Murdock, in Swift County, recorded more than 10 inches of snow, while the Willmar area picked up 10.5 inches and Hutchinson added 11.5 inches to its total)

Thomas (Dates: December 20-21. This storm dumped more snow in several areas of the state. Parts of South Central Minnesota received 5-7 inches, some areas in West Central Minnesota, around Benson and Willmar, added up to nine inches to the snow pack, while Northeastern Minnesota got the heaviest amounts. The Duluth and Two Harbors areas were covered with another foot of snow. According to the National Weather Service, the lovely burg of Adolph (located near Hermantown) recorded the highest amount of snow from Thomas, totaling 15 inches)

Sarah (Dates: December 30, 2010-January 1, 2011. This two-pronged storm initially arrived with snow and BS (blowing snow) on Thursday and Friday, then another dumping of snow to close out the old year and ring in the new. Parts of Western and West Central Minnesota received the heaviest snowfall. The area around Donnelly and Morris received more than a foot of snow, while 15-17 inches was common in the Fergus Falls and Detroit Lakes areas. Wicked winds out of the north/northwest caused two closings of a 100-mile stretch of Interstate 94 in Western Minnesota. More than 65 miles of U.S. Highway 10 was shut down from Moorhead to Perham, due to whiteout conditions)

Ralph (Dates: January 31-February 1. The target of this storm was primarily south and west of the Minnesota River. Areas of Central Minnesota also felt the brunt of this storm, which eventually fed into a bigger system to the south that would bring activity to a near halt in places like Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Detroit. In Minnesota, heavy snowfall was recorded in locations like Granite Falls (with eight inches) and Willmar (approximately 10 inches), with Madelia totaling 12 inches)