-27 F. December 26, 1996 in the Twin Cities (last time air temperatures were colder than -25F in the metro).
-10 F. low Friday morning.
21 F. high yesterday in the Twin Cities.
24 F. average high on January 3.
22 F. high on January 3, 2013.
Trace of snow fell Friday.
6" snow on the ground.
1981: Air cold enough to freeze a mercury thermometer pours into Minnesota. Tower hits 45 below zero.
1971: Snowstorm over upper midwest. Winona gets over 14 inches.
This is why we'll never have population of 10 million. Word of mouth travels faster than Twitter, even Faceplant. When the rest of America hears of our Siberian Invasion ("wait, the AIR temperature dipped to 25 below!?") many weather snobs will scratch us off their bucket list. Thank God. In a strange way Canada is doing us all a back-handed favor.
I've learned the hard way to never tell a Minnesotan not to go outside. But Sunday into Tuesday morning will be dangerously cold, probably the coldest since -24F, on January 30, 2004. For some communities it may be the coldest since 1996.
If you're dressed properly (no exposed skin) and physically active you can weather such extremes. I'm more concerned about kids standing at the bus stop Monday morning, with a wind chill of minus 45.
We may see close to 90 hours/row below zero. Pete Boulay at the Climate Office reminds us that the record is 186 hours (1911-1912). The record cold daytime high Monday is -14 in 1909. Wind chill values Monday may approach 50 below - posing significant risk even to people who are dressed for the weather. The decision to cancel school, statewide, on Monday was a wise one, in my humble opinion.
We bottom out early next week. 3 days of moderate pain then rapid recovery. 30s (above) return late next week, as we all hum a silent prayer of Thanksgiving.
* photo credit: Mike Hall Photography.
Thursday-Friday Snowfall Totals. NOAA has a good map (above) showing the snowfall amounts from the recent storm, as much as 5-8" in New York City, with up to 13-15" in the Boston area.
- December 2013 precipitation totals were above historical averages across much of the northern two-thirds of Minnesota. Precipitation totals were near to above average elsewhere in the state. Many northern Minnesota communities reported over two feet of snowfall for the month.
- Average monthly temperatures for December were well below historical averages, finishing 6 to 12 degrees below normal. For some communities, December 2013 ranks among the ten coldest Decembers on record.
- Snow depths exceed 12 inches over most of the northern two-thirds of Minnesota. Snow depths across the southern one-third of the state range from four to eight inches. Throughout nearly all of Minnesota, snow depths are above the historical median for the date.
- The U. S. Drought Monitor, released on January 2, places sections of the southern one-half of Minnesota in the Moderate Drought category. The drought classification is the result of a very dry late summer and early autumn.
TODAY: Gusty, tumbling temps. Windchill: -10 Winds: NW 20. High: 13 (falling to near zero by late PM)
SATURDAY NIGHT: Windchill warning. Clearing and numbing. Low: -18
SUNDAY: Windchill warning. Dangerously cold with some sun. Feels like -40F. High: -8
MONDAY: Dangerously cold. Record territory. Feels like -50F Wake-up: -25. High: -12
TUESDAY: Still numb. Fading sun, less wind. Wake-up: -23. High: -4
WEDNESDAY: Intervals of sun, not as harsh. Wake-up: -6. High: 13
THURSDAY: Some sun, much better. Wake-up: -2. High: 21
FRIDAY: Never happier to see freezing. Wake-up: 8. High: 28
* 30s are likely next weekend.
Photo credit above: Andrew Ferguson.
Photo credit above: "The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says there is "high confidence that ice shelves around the Antarctic peninsula continue a long-term trend of retreat and partial collapse". Photograph: AAP.
Photo credit: "Understanding cloud formation is key to predicting climate change." Photograph: CBW/Alamy.
Photo credit above: "New research suggests temperatures will rise between 3-5 degrees for a doubling of C02." Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones.