FRIDAY NIGHT: Light snow tapers with decreasing clouds and some clearing. Low: 15. Winds: NW 10-15.
MONDAY: Clouds thicken, PM drizzle or flurries possible by late afternoon. Low: 11. High: 31.
TUESDAY: Wintry mix changes to snow. Low: 20. High: 34.
WEDNESDAY: Lingering clouds and flurries, still mild. Low: 23. High: 32.
THURSDAY: Another mild day, more PM sun. Low: 22. High: 35
Here's an interesting stat, Wednesday's rainfall across parts of Texas (25% of the state still considered in an exceptional drought) had it's heaviest rainfall event (some spots had nearly 10") since Tropical Storm Hermine back in September 2010. Unfortunately, Texas is still so far behind normal precipitation that this was more of a drought denter versus a drought buster.
We could use a little more substantial moisture up this way as well. The U.S. Drought Monitor has most of Minnesota in a moderate drought and nearly 25% of the state in the severe drought category, which encompasses part of the southern Metro.
Snow enthusiasts are all too aware of the snow drought this season as we are nearly 17" behind normal. At this time last year, the Twin Cities had seen nearly 56" and were well on our way into record setting territory. We may be in record setting territory again this year, but on the other end of the scale. Our measly 14.4" of snow so far this year is within the top ten lightest snowfall seasons on record, for now... we still have a lot of winter left. A clipper drop through today and kicks out a light snow coating by the afternoon.
TEMPERATURES IN FAIRBANKS HAVE CONTINUED THROUGH THE MONTH OF JANUARY TO BE WELL BELOW NORMAL.
IN FACT TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN 15 TO 17 DEGREES COLDER THAN NORMAL.
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE SO FAR THIS MONTH HAS BEEN -24.6 DEGREES WHICH IS 16.7 DEGREES BELOW THE JANUARY AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE OF -7.9 DEGREES MAKING IT THE 7TH COLDEST JANUARY ON RECORD.
WITH SEVERAL DAYS STILL LEFT IN THE MONTH AND TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO FALL INTO THE 40S BELOW…THIS MONTH WILL LIKELY BE ONE OF THE 5 COLDEST ON RECORD.
THE AVERAGE HIGH SO FAR HAS BEEN -15.5 DEGREES…WELL BELOW THE AVERAGE HIGH OF 1.1 DEGREES ABOVE. THE AVERAGE LOW HAS BEEN -33.6 DEGREES…WELL BELOW THE AVERAGE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF -16.9 DEGREES. SOME MODERATION IN TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED EARLY NEXT WEEK…BUT THAT MODERATION WILL ONLY PUSH TEMPERATURES UP TO NEAR NORMAL FOR JANUARY.
For a complete report of the early ice edge at the Pribilof Islands see our webpage: ( http://bit.ly/AC32FD).
St. Paul island is currently surrounded by sea ice up to 1 1/2 feet thick, covering 50 to 70% of the water surface. On Friday this ice will continue to increase in concentration to cover over 70% of the water surface.
St. George Island has strips of thinner ice up to 1 foot thick in concentrations of 10 to 30%. Higher concentrations of ice are expected to push in on Friday."