January is the coldest (snowiest) month of the year. Not sure we'll see more snow than December - but the cold part looks like a given - I don't see any real relief from the biting winds of winter through the third week of January.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and chilly. Low: 5
Late Season "Convection". From Stu Ostro at the Weather Channel, a list of some of the unusually strong tornadoes that have struck the USA since November 10. It is a bit odd to be tracking EF-3 tornadoes (at least 3 of them) on New Year's Eve.
Tornado Swarm. Here is You Tube footage of the tornado (EF-2 or EF-3) that hit Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, one of at least 26 tornadoes that swept across the mid Mississippi Valley on New Year's Eve.
Too Close For Comfort. From the U. of Wisconsin CIMSS weather blog - reports of a tornado that hit the airport at Jackson, Mississippi Friday - causing the local National Weather Service staff to scramble for cover! "A tornado moved directly across the southern portion of the airport runway at Jackson, Mississippi (station identifier KJAN) around 23:20 UTC on 31 December 2010 — being such a close call, it was cause for the staff at the National Weather Service forecast office at Jackson to shelter in place for several minutes while the tornado moved over the airport. AWIPS images of 4-km resolution GOES-13 10.7 µm IR data (above) showed the cold cloud top IR brightness temperatures associated with the storm, which reached a minimum value of -77º C at 22:10 UTC."
"The Chinese Will Be Eating Our Lunch." An interesting story from redgreenandblue.org:
"The good news: There’s one GOP representative that knows climate change is real, and says we have to do something about it. The bad news: He lost his Republican primary to a Tea Party-backed candidate who will take his place in Washington next week. “To my free enterprise colleagues, whether you think it’s all a bunch of hooey, what we talk about in this committee — the Chinese don’t, and they plan on eating our lunch in the next century, working on these problems,” Representative Bob Inglis (R- SC) told his House colleagues. “We may press the pause button for a few years, but China is pressing the fast-forward button.”