Today's Hassle Factor: (2) - result of cold wind chills and wet/slushy roads turning to ice. Hassle Factor is a scale from 1 to 5 (1 is smooth sailing, 5 represents "parking lot" conditions, where nothing moves).
Welcome to what will probably be the coldest week of winter. Friday morning may see some -15 to -20 F. readings in and around the Twin Cities, probably the coldest of the season.
So far this month we've had 2 days without snow. Think about that. At least a trace or more of snow 15 of the last 17 days. 10.5" so far in January. 44.1" since December 1.We have already seen more snow this winter than any winter since 2003-2004.
Meteorological Winter is more than half over. Tell a friend, wake a neighbor. If you look at the 90 coldest days of the year (historically), winter really begins closer to December 1, ends Feb. 28. Which means the midpoint is right around January 16-17, now in our rear-view mirror, but barely. Most winters we bottom out this week - which is fitting, because it looks like this may still wind up being the coldest week of the Winter of '10-11.
SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT INCHES LOCATION ST COUNTY TIME ------ ----------------------- -- -------------- ------- 4.50 MADELIA MN WATONWAN 0820 AM 3.00 VESTA MN REDWOOD 1212 PM 0.17 WATER EQUIVALENT. 2.70 NORTH MANKATO MN NICOLLET 0700 AM 2.50 N MANKATO MN BLUE EARTH 0615 AM FROM KEYC 2.00 RED WING MN GOODHUE 0957 AM 2.00 1 SE NORTHFIELD MN RICE 0820 AM 2.00 BLUE EARTH MN FARIBAULT 0700 AM 2.00 MORGAN MN REDWOOD 0700 AM 2.00 FAIRMONT MN MARTIN 0700 AM 2.00 ST JAMES MN WATONWAN 0330 AM 1.50 BROWNTON MN MCLEOD 0726 AM 1.50 REDWOOD FALLS MN REDWOOD 0700 AM 1.50 MINNEAPOLIS MN HENNEPIN 0600 AM 1.20 ROBERTS WI ST. CROIX 0700 AM 1.00 WACONIA MN CARVER 0800 AM 1.00 BALDWIN WI ST. CROIX 0700 AM 1.00 ELK MOUND WI DUNN 0700 AM 0.90 RICHFIELD MN HENNEPIN 0957 AM 0.70 2 W PRIOR LAKE MN SCOTT 0700 AM 0.70 CHANHASSEN MN CARVER 0600 AM 0.60 MONTICELLO MN WRIGHT 1212 PM 0.50 CHAMPLIN MN HENNEPIN 0820 AMMonday Clipper. Over 4" south of Mankato, 1.3" in Minneapolis, officially 1.5" at MSP International, almost enough to shovel and plow (and gripe about). That's our God-given right. Griping about the weather. It's a hobby for most of us. We'll have plenty to moan and groan about for the next 4 days, then a rerun of 20s will feel pretty good next week.
Think about that, where else on the planet (other than maybe Moscow) could the weather guy write "...then a rerun of 20s will feel pretty good next week?
Image credit: NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.
Death Toll Rises To 600 From Floods, Mudslides In Brazil. An unbelievable story from USA Today, another example of extreme weather in the southern hemisphere: "TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's army on Monday sent 700 soldiers to help throw a lifeline to desperate neighborhoods that have been cut off from food, water or help in recovering bodies since mudslides killed at least 655 people. Troops have already set up at least one bridge in the mountain vacation city of Teresopolis, officials said, but at least 10 main highways remain blocked in the rugged area north of Rio where the slides hit, hampering efforts to move in the heavy machinery needed to begin massive clean up efforts and eventually dig out bodies stuck under tons of mud and debris. The troops plan to set up mobile bridges that can span 200 feet and are robust enough to support the hundreds of pieces of big equipment needed in clean up and recovery efforts."
How Bad Is Your Company's Dress Code? Be Glad It's Not As Bad As The One At UBS. Yahoo ran this story, which made me do a double-take:
"Good news for Swiss bankers: They may soon be allowed to wear red underwear, black nail polish — and even eat garlic. Swiss banking giant UBS AG said Monday it is revising its 44-page dress code telling its Swiss staff how to present themselves, which generated worldwide ridicule for its micromanagement of their dressing and dining habits. The code instructs employees on everything from their breath — no garlic or onions, please — to their underwear, which should be skin-colored. "We're reviewing what is important to us," UBS spokesman Andreas Kern told The Associated Press. He said the bank would issue a pared-down booklet with more general guidelines on how to impress customers with a polished presence and sense of Swiss precision and decorum. The existing code tells female employees how to apply makeup, what kind of perfume to wear and what color stockings are acceptable. It advises them not to show roots if they color their hair and to avoid black nail polish."
Clipped Again. Admit it (privately). 25 felt OK out there Monday afternoon, the same clipper that squeezed out 1.3" on the Twin Cities also inhaled slightly milder air into Minnesota. 2.4" at International Falls, 1.3" Duluth, nearly an inch at Rochester and .2" at St. Cloud.
Paul's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clearing and bitter. Low: -7