49 F. high at St. Cloud, breaking the old record of 47 in 1902.
23 F. average high for January 9 at KMSP.
16 F. high temperature on year ago, on January 9, 2011.
49 F. today's record high (set in 1990). We should break that by 1 pm at the latest.
April 5: average high for April 5 in the Twin Cities is 52, today's predicted high.
29 days above 32 F. since December 1 in the metro area.
12 days above 40 F. since December 1 in the metro area.
Coating - 1/2" light snow possible Wednesday as much colder air arrives.
0: number of subzero lows so far in the Twin Cities. St. Cloud saw 2 nights below zero in December, 2011.
January 18-19: first subzero temperature of the winter? The record for the latest subzero low is January 18, set in 2002
-22 F. January temperatures in Fairbanks, Alaska are running 22 degrees below average, to date.
A January To Remember. My hunch: this is probably as bleak a snowcover map as we'll see over the next 2 months. Less than 18% of the USA has snow on the ground, compared to 48% last year at this time, and 53% of America in early January, 2010. With a return to seasonably cold weather east of the Rockies snowfall should increase in the weeks ahead. That said, there's little doubt that winter snowfall amounts will be a fraction of last years. Map courtesy of NOAA's NOHRSC division.
The Sap is Running; Warm Weather Messes With Nature. Our super-sized January Thaw is messing with our heads, and nature is responding as well, as reported by KARE-11: "ELLSWORTH, Wisc. - As the operator of a Maple Syrup business for more than 50 years, Lyle Stockwell will tell you the weather has been perfect for gathering sap: warm days and freezing nights. Perfect - if it weren't January 9. Stockwell founded S & S Sugar Bush near Ellsworth, Wisconsin in 1959. Never has he experienced winter weather like this. "This would be ideal for March weather," he says. With Monday's temperatures reaching the upper 40s, Stockwell pointed to a thin broken branch on a maple tree dripping sap. "Because the weather's warm, that's what's doing it," he explains. "The tree wants to start to feed the buds."
Warm Weather Puts Brakes On Ice Fishing. Other nearby states are feeling the pain, too. Here's a story from WISN.com in Madison, Wisconsin: "PEWAUKEE, Wis. -- The unseasonably warm temperatures are putting the brakes on a popular winter sport.Some worry ice fishing might not be an option this winter for southeastern Wisconsin lakes.Don Eicher was eating with friends Monday, but this time of year, he'd rather be ice fishing.“When the ice is good, I usually go about once a week,” Eicher said.The ice at Pewaukee Lake isn't thick enough for anglers to go out on the water."
Warm Winter Weather Causes Road Pavement To Slip. The story from WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, West Virginia: "You might get delayed on your way to work this winter, but not because of the usual snow and ice. "There is an old Italian proverb; what you make on the bananas you lose on the peanuts. So that's where we are right now," said Division of Highways District 4 Manager Greg Phillips. With about 150 slips on roads that have fallen in on themselves, DOH District 4 is busy. But it's not salt this winter that's keeping them that way. "We haven't had a lot of snow," he said. "We haven't had the cost of manpower and materials. But we have had to deal now with a lot of slips in our area that are very costly."
Photo credit above: "A sign mocking winter is seen outside a convenience store that caters to outdoor recreational activities, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, in Harrison, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)."
Couple Of Nuisance Snows? The arrival of a much colder front tomorrow may squeeze out a quick coating of snow, models hinting at another (minor) snowfall Sunday night. Shocking news: as long as winds aloft howl from the west to northwest it's going to be tough getting any significant (Gulf) moisture into Minnesota - the odds of a real snowstorm are slim to nil looking out 2 weeks.
Texas Rainfall Amounts:
Photo credit: "The brick and mortor steps are all that remain of a beach home in Gulfport Mississippi, seen Friday, Sept. 2, 2005. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Mulvey)"
Photo credit: "Spray contains artificial DNA which remains on clothes for up to six months. Picture: The Daily Telegraph."
"Frequency" Makes Any Web Site A Video Channel. I thought this was vaguely interesting, courtesy of mashable.com (and Jason Parkin - thanks Jason!)
Quick Pitch: Frequency compiles websites’ video content into television-like channels.
Genius Idea: Using both social feeds and any website’s video content to create a better web viewing experience.
"With more than 3 billion videos viewed every day, YouTube still only accounts for about 44% of videos viewed globally, according to comScore. Other video upload sites such as Vimeo, news outlets and other websites account for the rest. Frequency, unlike most web video players, doesn’t ignore this video content outside of YouTube. It creates video channels from sites that use their own players, putting all of the site’s videos in one spot. LIke VHX and Shelby.tv, Frequency also compiles videos from social feeds so that you can, for instance, see all the video channels that your Facebook friends have posted — even if those videos are deep within an article rather than a standalone video."
Lexus Unveils New LF-LC Hybrid Concept. Yes, it's unlike anything I've ever seen on the highway - let's hope Lexus gives this on a green light. Boston.com has more details: "Lexus unveiled a sleek, powerful concept sport coupe Monday that the luxury brand said offers a look at how its future offerings might be designed. The two-door, four-seat LF-LC hybrid, which features an expansive glass roof, was displayed for the first time at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It features tail lamps inspired by the look of jet airplane afterburners. "We wanted this to be a gorgeous car, but we also wanted everything to be functional with a focus on the driver," said Lexus general manager Mark Templin. The LF-LC is packed with technology, including a touch-screen device in the center console that allows the driver to control some of the vehicle's systems as well as two 12.3-inch LCD display screens. Touch-screen surfaces on each door operate windows, mirrors and seats."
Today's Weather Map. NOAA's WRF model predicts strong/severe storms rumbling across the Gulf Coast, showery weather capable of (minor) delays from Atlanta to Dallas. The leading edge of much colder air will generate snow across Idaho and Montana.
March-uary 9. What an amazing Monday (and I don't use those words together in the same sentence very often). A record-tying 49 in the Twin Cities, 49 at St. Cloud broke the old record of 47, set in 1902. Snowcover at International Falls is down to an inconsequential 2", a TRACE in Duluth! The mercury soared to 55 at Redwood Falls, a hint of what's to come today.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clouds increase, still mild. Low: 29
Climate Change Can Cause Alpine Meadows To Disappear In Coming Decades: Study. DNA.india.com has the details: "A new study of changing mountain vegetation has suggested that some alpine meadows could disappear within the next few decades as a result of climate change. The first ever pan-European study carried out by an international group of researchers revealed that climate change is having a more profound effect on alpine vegetation than expected. Led by researchers from the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Vienna, biologists from 13 different countries in Europe analysed 867 vegetation samples from 60 different summits sited in all major European mountain systems, first in 2001 and then again just seven years later in 2008."
2012's Not Quite Hopeless Climate U.S. Climate Policy. From Huffington Post: "Some of my climate scientist colleagues at Columbia University's Earth Institute are frustrated about the inability of the U.S. Congress to enact new legislation on climate change. They are dismayed by the effort to deny the results of their analyses and amazed to find their laboratories thrown into the political food blender. I am a little surprised as well, although having seen this happen to both evolution and stem cell science, I am getting used to this form of misguided manipulation. It is also important to understand that American public policy rarely moves forward in great rational leaps. It is more often characterized by meandering incremental steps designed to make problems less bad rather than "solve" them. When public policy works it is often a case of two steps forward and one step back."