Low Friday Morning at MSP: -16 F (record, -41 on January 21, 1888).
Snow on the ground: 12"
Next chance of accumulating snow: late Sunday night and Monday (1-3", leaning toward 1-2" for the metro area).
Days Without Snow In January: 2
Friday Morning Lows (cold enough for 'ya? I thought so)
-46 F. International Falls (new record, coldest since 1968)
-29 St. Cloud
-22 St. Paul campus, University of Minnesota
-16 MSP International Airport
"Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again."
- Bill Morgan Jr.
a seed waiting to spout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl.
And the anticipation nurtures our dream."
- Barbara Winkler
Quotes courtesy of livinglifefully.com.
Monday Snow Event? Latest models are pretty unanimous printing out accumulating snow on Monday, roughly a tenth of an inch (liquid), which could translate into 2" of snow for the metro area.
How Much. The next clipper Sunday night and Monday has the best chance of dropping accumulating snow north of I-94, maybe a couple inches from St. Cloud into the far northern suburbs of the Twin Cities.
It’s the second chapter of a tale that began a year ago, when Canada as a whole saw the warmest and driest winter in its history. Much of the blame went to El Niño, which typically produces warmer-than-average weather across Canada. So far, so good—but similar things are happening this winter, even with a La Niña now at the helm. Just how mild has it been? The map at right shows departures from average surface temperatures for the period from 17 December 2010 to 15 January 2011, as calculated by NOAA’s Earth Systems Research Laboratory. The blue blip along the southeast U.S. coast indicates readings between 3°C and 6°C (5.4–10.8°F) below average for the 30-day period as a whole. That’s noteworthy—and in fact, it was the coldest December in more than a century of record-keeping across south Florida (see PDF summary). Blue also shows up across the UK, where December averaged 5.2°C (9.4°F) below normal."
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Coldest Day of Winter? We'll see - another Arctic front is shaping up for the first week of February - not sure it will be quite this cold, but we are by no means out of the woods just yet. Friday highs ranged from -7 at International Falls (up from -46) to -3 at St. Cloud to 0 in the Twin Cities. Snowfall ranged from 1/10th of an inch at Duluth to .7" at St. Cloud, just under a half inch in the Twin Cities.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
SATURDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, still bitter. Low: -8
* Another link from Huffington Post about the "early sunrise" over Greenland is here.
Troubling Trends. Arctic sea-ice cover in December 2010 was the lowest on record, with an average monthly extent of 12 million square kilometres, 1.35 million square kilometres below the 1979-2000 average for December. This followed the third-lowest minimum ice extent recorded in September. Souce: NOAA.