-10 F. low temperature in the Twin Cities Monday morning.
-2 F. high at KMSP yesterday, first subzero day in 4 years (1,466 days).
24 F. average high on January 21.
22 F. high on January 21, 2012.
Trace of flurries yesterday in the metro area.
Thaw likely by Sunday as temperatures approach or pass 32 F.
Coating to 1/2" snow possible late Thursday into Friday; still no major snowstorms in sight.
Anyway, enough winter musing. This morning, I ventured to my favorite tombolo. It's east of Grand Marais by about 10 miles. To get to the point where I set up my tripod, I had to wade across a gap (water was flowing through it like a stream), slip across ice and then balance on an uneven surface of glare ice. I waited for twenty minutes tucked into my hood, while my glasses froze and my breath coated my collar with rime. Then the pink happened."
"We've got a problem here" "You think you have a problem?"
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Map credit above: "A satellite image of the 2005 drought, now megadrought, in the Amazon, with the worst imacts in red and yellow." (Credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/GFSC)