32 F. high in the Twin Cities Wednesday.
31 F. average high on December 4.
45 F. high on December 4, 2012.
.52" precipitation fell at MSP International yesterday.
4.1" snow reported at the airport. Around the metro amounts ranged from 1 to 6".
Wind Chill Advisories/Warnings may have to be issued for Friday and Saturday.
-20F Wind Chill expected at the bus stop Friday morning.
Less Riff Raff
I vividly remember my first Minnesota winter, 30 years ago, a record 98.6 inches of snow submerging the Twin Cities, waist-deep in snow, thinking "what have I done?" A friend at KARE-11 (WTCN) took me aside. "Paul, at least the cold and snow keeps the riff raff out" he whispered. Really? Then how did I get in? His other exhortation: the crime rate drops - and your garbage doesn't stink.
So much to look forward to.
One of the coldest blobs of Yukon chill in a decade is about to drain out of the frozen wastelands of western Canada. By Friday daytime "highs" struggle to top 0F; temperatures may hold below zero Saturday in spite of a bright, pleading sun.
This will be one of the coldest outbreaks of the winter - and no, it doesn't necessarily mean the entire winter will be Nanook.
If you're dressed properly & active you can reduce the risk of frostbite. The "no-exposed-skin" rule comes into play for kids at the bus stop, with a wind chill of -10F today, dipping to -20F Friday AM.
We may be brushed by light snow Sunday night, but highs reach the 20s late next week; a few 30s the 3rd week of December.
This too shall pass, but short term? Cash in those frequent flier miles. Or just grin and bear it.
* photo above: Clint Austin, Duluth News Tribune.
* Push of arctic air sparks a period of ice and singificant snow from the Texas Panhandle into Oklahoma, Arkansas, the Middle Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley late Thursday into Saturday morning.
* Potential for 1/4" glaze ice amounts from near Little Rock to Memphis and Bowling Green Thursday night into early Saturday - capable of significant travel challenges and downed trees, powerlines. Power outages are possible as this storm ripples across the Mid South into the Ohio Valley.
* No major snow/ice problems for major east coast cities into Saturday. A cold rain is likely New York to D.C. Friday into Saturday.
Summary: One of the coldest outbreaks in a decade will push into the USA later this week, preceded by a band of snow and ice pushing unusually far south. Facilities and staff from Little Rock and Hot Springs to Memphis, Nashville, Louisville and Columbus should monitor forecasts - watches and warnings are inevitable, and the risk of winter-related impacts to operations will be high late Thursday into Saturday morning.
Paul Douglas - Senior Meteorologist - Alerts Broadcaster
Graphic credit above: "Global average surface temperature departures from average from different global datasets." Credit: WMO.
Map credit: Marchex.
TODAY: Some sun, a very cold wind. WC: -12 Winds: NW 20. High: 9
THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and nippy. Low: -8
FRIDAY: More sun, bitter. Morning wind chill dips to -20. High: 3
SATURDAY: Bright, ineffective sun. Less wind. Wake-up: -14. High: -1
SUNDAY: Clouds increase, snow at night? Wake0up: -10. High: 10
MONDAY: Partly sunny, still numb. Wake-up: 3. High: 6
TUESDAY: Flurries, then sharply colder PM. Wake-up: -9. High: 13
WEDNESDAY: Frigid start, breezy by afternoon. Wake-up: -13. High: 12
* highs reach the 20s next Thursday and Friday.
Photo credit above: "Mushroom clouds blossom over Hiroshima (left) and Nagasaki (right) from atom bombs dropped by the United States on August 6 and 9, 1945." (Source: Wikimedia Commons).
Photo credit above: "Bloomberg LP is now offering a Carbon Risk Valuation Tool through its terminal subscription service (seen here), which is available to more than 300,000 high-end traders, analysts and others." Credit: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Photo credit above: "Desiccated lakes in Wapusk National Park near Churchill, Manitoba (Canada) are shown. Desiccation of shallow lakes has occurred recently in response to lower-than-average snowmelt runoff. This phenomenon appears unprecedented over the last 200 years." (Credit: Hilary White).