33 F. high in the Twin Cities Monday.
25 F. average high for January 28. The average high has risen 2 degrees F. since mid-January. Can spring be far behind? Yep.
28 F. high on January 28, 2012.
-10 to -13 F. low predicted for Friday morning (air temperature). Low 30s return by Sunday.
54 minutes of additional daylight since the Winter Solstice on December 21.
From WGN-TV Meteorologist Tom Skilling: "Record warmth ahead! Also thundery downpours, potential for flooding & possible severe weather here or nearby later Tue/Tue night & a temp dive which could mean sticking snow Wednesday. Chicagos 60s predicted Tuesday would a set new record for Jan 29 & be 1st 60s to occur in January here in 4 yrs since 65 1/7/2008 & only the 35th Jan 60s in 143 yrs! The grounds frozen preventing percolation of water into soil-thus the flood threat Tue PM & nite. Avg of model fcsts puts total rain near 1.63″. Famously, the Blizzard of 67 Jan 26-27 occrd 2 days after mid 60s which produced powerful t-storms & even funnels in some south suburbs.Check out Tuesdays jet stream forecast at 18,000 ft. the 500 mb. level. T-storms poking up into those powerful winds will be fast-movers and will be able to transfer wind energy down to the surface as powerful wind gusts."
Kansas City Heat. From the Kansas City, Missouri office of the National Weather Service: "Through 4pm, the Kansas City International Airport has reached 74 degrees. 1 degree short of the all-time January record set on January 24, 1950 at 75 degrees. However, 9 degrees higher than today’s daily record of 65 degrees set back in 1917. The downtown airport in KC reached 76 however. Daily records have been shattered all across the region. How have you been enjoying this preview of June? Don’t get used to it though, as snow is in the forecast for Tuesday night and Wednesday."
Photo credit above: "This slide on San Pedro, Calif.,’s Paseo del Mar began moving over a period of weeks in November 2011. On Sunday, Nov. 20, the landslide moved abruptly, causing the roadway to collapse." Photo by Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Graphic credit above: "A new Yale Project poll shows how taking a stand on climate change can help politically." Yale Project on Climate Change Communication
Graphic credit above: "This composite map shows temperature anomalies for periods in the historical record (from 1950-2009) when El Niño and the negative phase of the Arctic Oscillation coincided. Note that this historical composite closely matches temperature anomalies observed this winter." (NOAA image by Ned Gardiner, Climate Program Office, and Michelle L’Heureux, Climate Prediction Center, using data based on NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis with a 1971-2000 climatology.)