Windchill Advisory in effect today.
-8 F. low temperature reported at MSP Wednesday morning.
1 F. high temperature yesterday.
24 F. average high on January 1.
20 F. high on January 1, 2013.
18th coldest December on record for the Twin Cities.
Arctic Mother Lode
Resolutions for 2014? I have a few and they have nothing to do with my business. This year I'm going to worry less about tomorrow and fixate on today. Spontaneity? What a concept. I'm asking God to make me more patient & tolerant, looking for the good in people - and not judging others, lest I be judged.
Grant me the serenity to put down my smartphone and take in more sunsets.
To need less, want less, waste less and live more simply and sustainably. More time with family & friends - less time agitating about things I can't change. The future will take care of itself. Oh, and less complaining about the weather, no matter what the temperature. I'm just happy I'm still around to take it in.
Good news/bad news. First the good news: we don't live in Boston, where a blizzard is likely Friday. Details below.
More good news: I see a major shift in the pattern; a Pacific break after January 11 with 20s & 30s (above!) by mid-month.
Now the bad news: next week should bring the coldest air of winter, maybe the coldest slap since 1996. After reaching the 20s on Friday daytime highs may hold between -5 to -10F Monday; metro lows near -20F.
Remind me about that last resolution again?
This too shall pass.
* 7 am Monday temperatures (January 6) courtesy of Weather Bell.
Here is what has changed since the late morning briefing:
* Winter Storm Watch upgraded to a Winter Storm Warnings for much of New England; includes New York City, Providence, Hartford & Boston.
* Blizzard Warnings posted for Long Island, where visibilities will fall to near zero in falling/blowing snow Thursday night into Friday morning.
* 4-8" expected for New York City Tri-State Area - up to 10" Long Island, as much as 12-14" from near Providence to Boston (heaviest amounts over Cape Cod).
* Travel conditions gradually worsen during the PM hours Thursday. The heaviest snow and strongest winds come Thursday night into Friday morning. Conditions slowly improve late Friday, but some coastal communities won't be dug out with traffic flowing (very slowly) until later in the day Saturday.
Summary: The major winter storm we've been tracking this week is still on the way, and impacts will be widespread, especially Thursday night into the early afternoon hours. Coastal New England and Long Island will bear the brunt of the storm, but with rapidly falling temperatures and low visibility I could see very significant impacts for New York City's 3 airports by Thursday evening, with delays and cancellations extending into at least midday Friday. The dry/fluffy nature of the snow from this system favors blowing and drifting, but very cold temperatures should insure all-snow; no ice - which lowers the risk of widespread power outages. We'll keep an eye on the maps and the models and fine-tune expectations further Thursday morning.
Paul Douglas - Senior Meteorologist - Alerts Broadcaster
Image credit above: "Super Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm seen during the satellite era, was spotted by the Japan Meteorological Agency's MTSAT on Nov. 7, 2013, as it headed toward landfall over the Philippines." Credit: Japan Meteorological Agency/NOAA.
Climate Central Infographic featured above is here.
2013 In Review: Extreme Weather - In Pictures. Here's an excerpt of a 20 slide recap of some of the more unusual and extreme weather events of 2013, courtesy of The Guardian: "2013 was the seventh warmest year on record and saw one of the strongest cyclones, some of the longest heatwaves and the most topsy-turvy weather experienced in decades."
Image credit above: " ." Photograph: Japan Meteorological Agency and EUMETSAT/Barcroft Media.
Image credit above: "Artist concept of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory satellite." (NASA/Courtesy).
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TODAY: Windchill Advisory. More sun, still nippy. Winds: NW 5-10. High: 1
THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: -9
FRIDAY: Breezy and milder. High: 25
SATURDAY: Clouds & flurries. Colder wind. Wake-up: near 20. High; 19 (falling during the day)
SUNDAY: Sunny & crisp. Feels like -25F. Wake-up: -12. High: -2
MONDAY: Yukon-blue sky. Coldest in decades? WC: -35F. Wake-up: -20. High: -5
TUESDAY: Dim sun, some recovery. Wake-up: -15. High: 3
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy. Worst is over. Wake-up: -12. High: 18
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Photo credit above: "New research suggests temperatures will rise between 3-5 degrees for a doubling of C02." Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones.
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