23 F. average high for January 11.
23 F. high temperature one year ago, on January 11, 2011.
Today is the coldest day of the year, based on the latest 30 year weather averages for MSP. Details below.
14 F. today's predicted high. Wind chill: -5. Today may be one of the 3 coldest days of winter.
"I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savor a bad mood." - Bill Watterson
20 cities across the USA experienced the wettest year on record, a new national record for America. Details below.
23 days/row of measurable snow at Fairbanks, Alaska, a new record.
Record Ice Deaths:
Welcome To The Coldest Day Of The Year (On Average). Weather data from 1981-2010 shows that high temperatures bottom out at 23 F (for maximum temperatures) between January 6 and January 18. The midpoint is January 12/13. I was a bit surprised too, assuming that the coldest weather of the year is late January. Average highs rise from 23 (now) to a whopping 25 by the end of January. Check out the MSP January averages for yourself, courtesy of the Minnesota State Climate Office.
Tuesday Records. Scores of record highs (and record warm minimum temperatures ) were set on Tuesday. Click here for an interactive map, courtesy of Ham Weather.
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Long Range Forecast? Good Luck: the faster the jet stream winds blow, the more unstable the pattern is, and the tougher it is to make a forecast beyond a few days. Case in point: below was the 12z Wednesday morning run of the GFS model, valid January 27:
An Abbreviated January? Yes, it's colder, and seasonably cold weather will hang on into much of next week. But check out the latest 500mb (18,000 foot) winds predicted for January 27 (GFS) above. I'm no rocket scientist (my wife reminds me of that daily), but that sure looks like a resumption of a zonal, west-to-east flow, a modified-Pacific pattern with winds aloft blowing from Portland and Seattle, not the Yukon. That should mean a return to 20s and 30s by the last week of January - possibly a better chance of significant snow. A series of troughs, cold wrinkles in the upper level flow, will sweep eastward - it's just a matter of time before one of these is slow and deep enough to tap moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Then again, we're in a drought - maybe that's just wishful thinking.
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* Photo above courtesy of time.com.
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Wednesday Numbers. After a mild start gusty north/northwest winds set in, and temperatures fell through the 30s into the 20s by afternoon, a few hours of light snow and flurries coating the ground in spots. Nearly 1" fell at Duluth and International Falls. Highs ranged from 32 at Alexandria to 37 St. Cloud, 38 in the Twin Cities, and 44 at Eau Claire.
No Kidding. Photo courtesy of David Duprey, Associated Press.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: Mostly cloudy, windy and cold. A few passing flurries. Windchill: -5. Winds: NW 15-25. High: 14
THURSDAY NIGHT: Partial clearing, still gusty, feels like 0 to -10. Low: 4