23 F. average high for January 12.
21 F. high temperature a year ago, on January 12, 2011.
10.3" snow so far this winter season.
48" snow fell as of January 12, 2001.
30 mph: peak wind gust at Twin Cities International Airport yesterday.
17 mph: average wind speed.
69% average relative humidity.
57% of Minnesota in a moderate drought; 24$ of the state in a severe drought.
No major snowstorms brewing, looking out the next 1-2 weeks.
3,617 heating degrees: average number as of January 12.
22% savings on heating bills since July 1, according to National Weather Service data.
January 21-25: couple of inches of snow possible from a series of clippers. I still don't see any significant storms through the last week of January. At some point this pattern has to break, but keep in mind we're in the midst of the worst drought since 2007. The biggest storms will continue to detour south of Minnesota until further notice. Strange, considering January is, historically, the snowiest month of the year in Minnesota.
October: .6"/ Trace
November: 10"/ 3"
December: 10"/ 7.3"
January: 13.5"/ Trace
- Winter Weather Advisory – Any combination of snow, blowing snow, freezing rain and sleet that meets or exceeds a locally defined 12 and/or 24 hour advisory criteria, but remaining below warning criteria.
- Winter Storm Watch – Conditions are favorable for a winter storm event (any combination of heavy snow, heavy sleet, ice storm, and blowing snow) to meet or exceed local criteria.
- Winter Storm Warning – Winter weather event that includes: snow, ice, or sleet meeting or exceeding locally defined 12 and/or 24 hour warning criteria; or a combination of snow, ice, or sleet and blowing snow with at least one of the precipitation elements meeting or exceeding locally defined criteria.
- Blizzard Warning – Sustained wind or frequent gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph accompanied by falling and/or blowing snow, frequently reducing visibility to less than 1/4 mile for three hours or more.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Hints Of A Real Winter
"He who angers you conquers you." - Elizabeth Kenny
Global Warming May Trigger Winter Cooling. Counterintuitive? You bet, but climate change is impacting day to day weather in ways we're just now beginning to understand. Science Magazine has the details: "It seems counterintuitive, even ironic, that global warming could cause some regions to experience colder conditions. But a new study explains the Rube Goldberg-machine of climatic processes that can link warmer-than-average summers to harsh winter weather in some parts of the Northern Hemisphere. In general, global average temperatures have been rising since the late 1800s, but the most rapid warming has occurred in the past 40 years. And average temperatures in the Arctic have been rising at nearly twice the global rate, says Judah Cohen, a climate modeler at the consulting firm Atmospheric and Environmental Research in Lexington, Massachusetts. Despite that trend, winters in the Northern Hemisphere have grown colder and more extreme in southern Canada, the eastern United States, and much of northern Eurasia, with England's record-setting cold spell in December 2010 as a case in point."
Global Warming Discrimination? Ben Stein Claims He's A Victim Of Political Discrimination. Reuters has the story: "The conservative pundit and actor -- and former Nixon speechwriter -- alleges that his position on climate change had him kicked off a $300,000 acting gig, only to be replaced by a lookalike. Stein filed a discrimination suit against Japanese company Kyocera Corporation and New York ad agency Seiter & Miller Advertising, in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday."