-13 F. low Friday morning in the Twin Cities (MSP International), coldest of the winter.
2 F. high yesterday.
25 F. average high for February 1.
32 F. high on February 1, 2012.
26 more days until the end of "Meteorological Winter". Historically the coldest temperatures of winter are from roughly December 1 thru March 1.
Image credit above: "January 7, 2013, showing the breakdown of the polar vortex into three smaller vortices." NASA.
Image credit above: NASA Earth Observatory. "An unusually large, long-lasting and powerful cyclone churned over the Arctic in early August 2012."
"I love how continually the forecast calls for flurries or a coating to an inch, when it so more like 3 - 4 inches that wind up falling. Friday evening is a perfect example of this. I know we live in Minnesnowta and this is what happens but how can the forecasts continually be this off? 3 - 4 inches can make for blizzard like conditions when driving and that is what happened tonight. By the way, I am a avid reader of your blog and am just venting a little bit. However, don't meteorologists have a social responsibilty to prepare us for the worst, right? The last couple of snowfalls, albeit minor, have not done this..."
Jeremy - Mpls
Image credit: "The new water-saving membranes developed at MSU" (Photo: Michigan State University)
* gizmag.com has more information on a new 128 GB iPad, set to be released next Tuesday, February 5. Ah yes, as I gaze out over all my (suddenly obsolete) gadgets and productivity devices.
10. The Situation Room now hosted by The Situation
9. Sanjay Gupta’s hilarious new sitcom: “Two Broke Guptas”
8. Changing pronunciation from C-N-N to “CNNNN”
7. Switching the part in David Gergen’s combover
6. Wolf Blitzer – shirtless
5. No longer fact-checking stories
4. New president, Jeff Zucker – Zucking everything up
3. Lifting ban on anchors using steroids
2. Piers Morgan: deported
1. More coverage of goats (video of goat attacking reporter)
"Paul, when all those people are yelling at you about winter, remember this...
What's not to love about winter???
It is beautiful, crisp, invigorating (you're never sluggish on a cold day), snowflakes big and small, bug free, quiet/solitude, sandwiched between fall and spring (both gorgeous)...
It is snowmen, snow angels, skiing, sledding and skating, long (or short depending ont he temperature) walks on crunchy snow, warm fires, hot chocolate and lattes, great snuggling under big blankets, hot tubs, mulled wind, ghost trees and icicles...
It's a time to work on projects, slow down, read books and rela, wear big sweatshirts and cozy sweaters...
It is character-building at times, not for the fait of heart at times, and there are a few (perhaps just a few) of us who LOVE IT."
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Photo credit above: "U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu during an online town hall to discuss President Obama's clean energy and innovation agenda on January 11, 2011." | Photo by Charles Watkins, Contractor, Energy Department
Photo credit above: "Researchers calculate that global warming has made heat waves in Texas (O.C. Fisher Lake in San Angelo, Texas, is shown here) about 20 times more likely to happen during a La Niña year. La Niñas occur when the difference in temperature between the cooler water in the eastern tropical Pacific and the warmer water in the west intensifies." Tony Gutierrez/AP/File.
Image above: Media Research Center.