23 F. average high for January 10.
22 F. high temperature one year ago, on January 10, 2011.
-5 F. predicted low temperature for January 20-21. The mercury drops into single digits by Thursday and Friday morning, but will probably stay above zero in the metro. If our first subzero low is (in fact) January 20-21, it would set a record for the latest subzero low of the winter. The previous record was January 18, 2002.
47 Duluth, breaking the old record of 42 set in 1928.
52 St. Cloud; old record was 49 in 1990.
57 Redwood Falls, breaks the old record of 52 in 1990.
54 Mankato, breaking the old record of 49 in 2002.
50 Alexandria, shattering old record of 47 in 1990.
53 Eau Claire; old record was 45 in 1980.
4-8" snow predicted for Chicago. Thursday looks like the worst travel day for the Windy City. Details below.
8 hours. Des Moines has experience only 8 hours of subzero wind chill so far this winter. According to Iowa State University, since 1933 only 1954 and 2002 had fewer hours of WC < 0.
- The Alaskan National Guard has arrived to dig out the town of Cordova, which has seen 10ft (3m) of snow in a week.
- Drifts in the town of 2,000 trapped some residents in their homes.
- The scale of the mission is unprecedented for the US Coast Guard in the Arctic, Commander Greg Tlapa told the Associated Press.
- Dan Luna, MIC, local Twin Cities National Weather Service. Photo above courtesy of Star Tribune and AP.
First Subzero Outbreak? It's not definite (it never is), but the GFS has been fairly the last few runs, pulling in what may be the first spell of negative numbers of the winter season into the Twin Cities. Circle your calendar: January 20-21. I don't see anything prolonged or record-setting though; temperatures bounce back up into the 20s, possibly the low 30s, by January 24-25.
- Alaska National Guardsmen began snow removal for operation ‘Deep Dig’ Jan. 9.
- The Guardsmen started clearing city buildings that were prioritized from an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) list.
- Some of the buildings included were the high school, hospital, and water plant.
- Over 50 Alaska National Guard members arrived in Cordova, AK Jan. 8 in response to a request from the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
- Members of the 761st Military Police Company spent the evening training in preparation for the upcoming mission.
- Subject matter experts were brought in to stress the importance of safety and teach the soldiers to properly use snow removal tools such as harnesses.
- The guard members are working through a prioritized list from the EOC and will start clearing city buildings as soon as possible.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
543 PM CST TUE JAN 10 2012
...UPDATED STATISTICS FOR WARMTH SO FAR THIS WINTER...
THE METEOROLOGICAL WINTER TO DATE...DECEMBER 1ST THROUGH JANUARY
10TH...HAS BEEN CHARACTERIZED BY UNUSUALLY WARM TEMPERATURES AND
VERY LITTLE SNOWFALL ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL IOWA. MANY AREAS ARE
EXPERIENCING ONE OF THEIR WARMEST WINTERS-TO-DATE ON RECORD. THE
WARMEST WINTERS FROM DECEMBER 1ST THROUGH JANUARY 10TH...IN TERMS OF
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...FOR SOME STATIONS ACROSS CENTRAL IOWA ARE AS
1. 1889-90 36.0 DEGREES
2. 2006-07 34.9 DEGREES
3. 2011-12 33.5 DEGREES
1881-82 33.5 DEGREES
4. 1965-66 33.0 DEGREES
• Several months of below average precipitation led to the development of moderate drought conditions across parts of California, Nevada and Oregon by the end of December.
• Pennsylvania and New Jersey recorded their wettest July through December periods on record.
• Alaska had its third warmest (8.7 degrees Fahrenheit above normal) and fifth wettest December on record.
* image above courtesy of NASA.
January 9 Records Around The USA (courtesy of NOAA and Julie Gaddy at Earth Networks):
Fast Food: Ads Vs. Reality. I'm sure glad someone did this - and I guess none of us should be shocked by the results. Things just look so much better on TV, especially a Samsung 55" Super OLED TV. Alphalia.com has the fascinating story: "So, I went to some fast food places (I won’t say “restaurants”, just “places”), and picked up burgers and tacos, so I could compare them with the ads. (I’m always on the hunt for little projects like this. Stoked.) I brought the food home, tossed it into my photography studio, and did ad-style shoots, with pictures of the official ads on my computer next to me, so I could match the lighting and angles. People around the world know fast food as one of the most reliable distributors of disappointment ever produced by the business world. We know that if we ever feel the need to complain about something, we can just grab a page out of a coupon booklet, adorned in pictures of juicy burgers, go to a fast food place, then have a party. Why, the places themselves usually plaster their walls with pictures of juicy burgers – often hanging right over your table – so you need only open your eyes to find something to compare your food with, while you eat it. Needless to say, the results of my little project were unsurprising… which shouldn’t be a surprise."
"Life is a cement trampoline." - Howard Nordberg
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: Mostly cloudy, turning windy and colder. Light snow or flurries by afternoon. Winds: Winds: NW 15-30. High: 34 (falling into the 20s later in the day).
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: A period of light snow (coating to 1" or more). Heavier snow over Wisconsin. Feels like winter again. Low: 12
One of the main points that you made during your slideshow was that the first thing we would see and experience with global warming was something that you called "global weirding." Please explain.
I found that people couldn't relate to "climate change" and that the term "global warming" left people confused, so I switched to "global weirding." That term more accurately describes what is happening -- while the planet is actually warming, the actual result is extreme weather. Global temperature increases result in really strange local weather -- record low temperatures, record heat waves, more windy weather, record droughts, and yes, even record snowstorms. As the air warms, it can hold more moisture, so in the short term we can have larger snowfalls. In the long term, more of those storms will fall as rain."
* Photo of Squaw Valley, California above courtesy of Jason Abraham.
* Photo courtesy of NASA.