It looks like winter has most definitely arrived in the Brainerd lakes area this year. Blanketed in white and temperatures expected out of Minnesota winters, this year looks to be the complete opposite of what was seen less than a year ago.
It was an off winter in Minne-NoSnow-ta, causing outcries from outdoor activity enthusiasts. According to weather.com, January is typically the coldest in our fair state, but in 2012, Brainerd instead experienced a month that saw an average temperature 13 degrees higher than normal, including two days in the 50s. It’s a Catch-22; we enjoy the warm weather that allows us to be outside, but it’s that same warm weather that doesn’t let us do our favorite winter activities.
Outdoor rinks, avid snowmobilers and even businesses were hurt with the limit of snow and cold weather seen throughout the lakes area in the month of January and into February. Lodges that counted on their annual snowmobilers arrival to get them through the winter, along with the Jaycee’s Fishing Extravaganza being postponed with a lack of ice, to say the snowless winter was a disappointment for many was an understatement – as welcome as the warm temperatures might have been for plenty, too.
Even further shortening what the Farmer’s Almanac had predicted to be a cold and snow-filled winter was the early sight — and feel — of sunshine and spring temperatures that wasted no time climbing into the 50s and 60s in early March.