26 F. high in the Twin Cities Wednesday.
25 F. average high for January 30.
44 F. high on January 30, 2012.
Trace of snow fell yesterday at KMSP.
-20 F. Wind Chill today.
-12 to -14 F. air temperature predicted around sunrise Friday.
Thaw likely next week; best chance the latter half of next week.
* photo above courtesy of Timothy Butz in Ellicott City, Maryland, where Tuesday's high was a balmy 64 F.
66 F. record high in Buffalo yesterday. Old record: 56 F.
Graphic credit above: "The animation above shows modeled particle trajectories that demonstrate how the low level air comes into Hurricane Sandy and then ascends to the outflow jet at the top of the troposphere. The outflow jet can be seen in red colors moving away from the storm, toward the Midwest. Particle trajectories help show how the air was flowing throughout the storm. This was done by simulating the movement of particles inserted into a modeled storm environment." Credit: Science by Mel Shapiro and Thomas Galarneau. Visualization by Alan Norton, NCAR Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, using VAPOR visualization software.
Photo credit above: "Aerial view of Interstate 75 in Gainesville, Fla. where according to Florida Highway Patrol at least 9 people have died as a result of multiple crashes Sunday January 29, 2012 involving 4 commercial vehicles and at least 10 passenger vehicles. The majority of the accidents happened in an area adjacent to where a brush fire was burning and producing heavy smoke." Rob C. Witzel/Staff photographer
* photo above snapped in southern Wisconsin, courtesy of Tom Purdy and WeatherNation TV.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
* highs may reach the 30s again by the end of next week.
Photo credit above: "SFU earth scientist Diana Allen has co-authored a major study linking groundwater depletion to climate change." (Credit: Image courtesy of Simon Fraser University).