27 F. average high for February 8.
3 F. high temperature a year ago; February 8, 2011.
+12.3 F. The first week of February saw an average temperature just over 12 degrees F. warmer than normal.
2nd warmest. December 1 - February 7 was the second warmest such period in modern-day records, second only to 1877-78.
1877-1888. Commonly referred to as the "Year Without A Winter" across Minnesota. Details below.
3,977 heating degree days since July 1. Source: MSP National Weather Office. That means a...
20% savings on heating bills since July.
3 subzero nights so far this winter in the Twin Cities.
6.9 average number of subzero nights in February here in the metro area.
28 subzero nights during an average winter. Whatever that is.
.06" least February precipitation on record in the Twin Cities (1964).
Trace of precipitation so far in February, 2012.
27 F. average temperature in the Twin Cities between December 1 and Feb. 7. That's 9.3 F. warmer than average. Only the Winter of 1877-1888 was warmer during that same period.
7 winters since 1986 with less than 40" snow in the Twin Cities. Details below.
Photo credit above: "People enjoy the frozen lake Alster in Hamburg, northern Germany, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. A cold spell has reached Europe with temperatures plummeting far below zero. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)."
Photo caption above: "Snow plows sit idle at a city of Chicago fleet garage on Dec. 29. Courtesy of M. Spencer Green/AP."
"Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true." Robert Brault. www.robertbrault.com.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: Mild sun, no complaints. Winds: SW 10-15. High: near 40
THURSDAY NIGHT: Clouds increase, turning sharply colder. Low: 8
Photo above of Earth on January 4, 2012 courtesy of NASA, flickr.com and The Guardian.
Global Warming: Politics Overwhelm The Science. The story from the Summit County Citizens Voice: "SUMMIT COUNTY — The science of climate change may be based on a widespread consensus, but that is not reflected by the political realities in Washington, where the issue has polarized Democrats and Republicans along party lines. And that schism has led to an erosion of public belief that global warming is a threat human health and welfare. Public acceptance of the climate change threat was greatest in 2006-2007, when there was broad agreement among lawmakers on the issue, according to Ohio State University professor J. Craig Jenkins, who recently co-authored a study on public climate change perceptions. Since those years of bipartisan agreement, public concern has dropped." Photo: patriotpost.us.
Photo credit above: "Even after decades of research, some scientists, policymakers and members of the U.S. general public still fail to focus on climate change as a problem to address. Image: Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation."