23 F. average high for January 14.
18 F. high temperature a year ago, January 14, 2001.
1/2" snow fell at MSP International yesterday.
1" snow on the ground in the cities; the least snow on January 15 since 2006.
11.2" snow so far this winter season. Last year we had already picked up 52.4" snow at KMSP.
-37 F. record low for this morning, set in 1888.
Snow on the ground in the Twin Cities as of January 15:
107 F. "low temperature" at Khasab Airport, Oman, on June 27, 2011 - new worldwide record for warmest nighttime low temperature. Airport photo courtesy of panoramio.com. Details below.
322.1" snow at Valdez, Alaska, 168.1" above average, to date. Photo above courtesy of AP. More details below.
2011: 10th warmest year on record, worldwide, but warmest on record with a La Nina underway. Details below.
7 new national, all-time heat records around the world in 2011. Details from Dr. Jeff Masters below.
40% Arctic ice has shrank roughly 40% from 1980 to 2007. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the Earth.
"Those who can...do. Those who can't...criticize (or consult)." - author unknown
Where Winter Really Set Up Shop. Phillyweather.net has more details on the mind-boggling amounts of snow that have smothered Alaska in recent weeks: "Snow on steroids, if you will. The root cause has been the position of a cold trough over Alaska this winter, which has kept them in the proverbial freezer as the polar vortex has been over them much of the cold season. This has set the storm track up so storms track just south of Cordova and Valdez, keeping them cold enough but also in the right position to bring a lot more snow than usual. Anchorage is on pace for its snowiest winter on record and is approaching 100" of snow for the winter so far, more than the 61" of snow they picked up last winter. Alaska has been the one place in the United States where the pattern has locked and loaded for winter chill and snow...the rest of us as a byproduct of that are mild and relatively snowless so far this winter."
Hottest temperature in the world in 2011: 53.3°C (127.9°F) in Mitrabah, Kuwait, August 3.
Coldest temperature in the world in 2011: -80.2°C (-112.4°F) at Dome Fuji, Antarctica, September 18.
Hottest temperature in the Southern Hemisphere: 49.4°C (120.9°F) at Roebourne, Australia, on December 21.
Coldest temperature in the Northern Hemisphere: -67.2°C (-89°F) at Summit, Greenland, March 18. This is also the coldest March temperature ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere.
Hottest undisputed 24-hour minimum temperature in world history: A minimum temperature of 41.7°C (107°F) measured at Khasab Airport in Oman on June 27."
Snowfall Outlook For Upper Midwest? Dribs And Drabs. The forecast through midday Thursday calls for little more than an inch or two of accumulation for parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin (best chance early Tuesday as much colder air arrives). This map extends through midday Thursday - long range guidance is hinting at a couple inches Thursday night into Friday morning. Again - don't hold your breath. The atmosphere just doesn't want to snow this year.
Bleak Times For Snow Lovers. How many different (annoying) ways can I say: "little snow in the outlook"? All the models bring a light snowfall into town Monday night into Tuesday morning. With temperatures in single digits the snow/rain ration may be pushing 30/1, so it won't take much moisture to get a quick couple inches of fluff. Another chance comes Friday as milder air pushes back into Minnesota.
Last Week Of January: Milder (And Stormier?) Kind of ironic - just about the time we finally get some moisture into Minnesota it may be warm enough aloft for a rain/snow mix, the best chance of precipitation between January 26-29. That's way out on the horizon, but note the Max Temps predicted for the last week of January: with the exception of a fleeting cool-down around Jan. 24, highs are consistently in the 20s and 30s - we could even sample 40 the last few days of the month.
What Will February 2012 Bring? I have no idea. That's the honest answer - my crystal ball is malfunctioning. But this winter reminds me (a lot) of 2002. That's the year we only had 2 subzero lows - it was amazingly mild. The graphic above shows a review of February, 2002, courtesy of the Minnesota State Climate Office. As you can see temperatures trended well above average with numerous 40s, even some 50s. I'm not saying we'll experience a February quite that unusual, but (historically) Minnesota's coldest weather comes in January and early February. My hunch: a continuation of drier and milder than average. Don't buck the trends.
Tornado Tourism: New Map Guides Visitors To The Sights Of The Storm. KY3.com in Springfield, Missouri has more details: "JOPLIN, Mo. - In the days after the storm, city officials and devestated homeowners urged gawkers to stay away. There was a concern so many tourists could get in the way of rescue and recovery operations. But now, sightseers are getting the welcome mat- make that the welcome map. The Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau is distributing a new ‘tornado tourism’ map. It can be picked up, for free, at several local hotels and tourism centers. “It is natural for people to want to come and see what’s happened,” said resident Kristen Moore, whose home suffered damage when the EF5 twister tore through town."
Mystery Of The Moving Antarctic Lakes. NewScientist has an intriguing story: "RIVERS and mountains can move given enough time, but they don't normally move half a kilometre every year. Yet that is exactly what is happening to a bizarre group of Antarctic lakes. And the lakes seem to be moving far faster than the ice shelf on which they sit. The 11 lakes are on the edge of the George VI ice shelf, a banana-shaped sheet of floating ice sandwiched between the Antarctic Peninsula and Alexander Island. They were first spotted in the 1970s but it was only last year that their wanderlust was identified."
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* Gawker.com has a more salacious version of the story here. A cautionary tale indeed.
"The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball." - Doug Larson
Cosmetic Snowfall. It was just enough snow to remind us that it's January, more of a decorative snow, a candy-coating of white, officially 1/2" in the Twin Cities (we have a whole INCH of snow on the ground now!) Highs ranged from 13 at Hibbing to 19 at St. Cloud, 20 in the Twin Cities and 25 at Alexandria, a hint of the milder air that arrives today.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
MONDAY NIGHT: Light snow developing - roads may be icy late. Low: 4
Global Warming: Revenge Of The Atmosphere. Are changes in the Arctic resulting in lighter winds over North America, slowing down weather systems, increasing the potential for prolonged floods (or droughts?) The Summit County Citzens Voice has the story: "With Arctic sea ice shrinking fast — losing 40 percent of its mass between 1980 and 2007 — widespread effects on climate and weather are inevitable, according to Jennifer Francis, with Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. “How can it not affect the weather? It’s such a huge loss in the Earth’s system,” Francis said, speaking Jan. 13 and the Glenn Gerberg Weather and Climate Summit in Breckenridge, Colorado. Discussing the link between rapid climate changes in the Arctic and weather patterns in mid-latitudes, Francis said her most recent research points to a direct link between changes over the Arctic and mid-latitude weather patterns driven by the jet stream. "