32 F. high yesterday.
24 F. average high on January 24.
13 F. high on January 24, 2013.
1" new snow fell yesterday at KMSP.
10" snow on the ground.
Perhaps I'm imagining this. It could be a weather-hallucination, brought on by years of standing too close to The Doppler.
A handful of scientists have theorized that rapid warming of the Arctic is impacting the configuration & speed of the jet stream over North America. More warming farther north = lower winds speeds; more waviness, more big kinks in the steering winds.
It's just a theory, but I could swear I'm seeing evidence of this on the weather maps. The weather, increasingly, seems to be getting stuck - patterns stalling for extended periods of time.
When the weather machine goes into neutral bad things can happen: biblical floods in Boulder, super-droughts in California, and our 2-month cold wave.
The truth: meteorologists have been tracking the "Polar Vortex" since the 60s; every now and then chunks of air over the North Pole break off and dive into the USA. What's unusual is the sheer persistence of this pattern.
Prepare for even more family togetherness. The next cold wave sparks 1-2 inches snow tonight; temperatures tumble Sunday, reaching potentially school-closing levels Monday. Monday's high? -10F. We wake up to -22F Tuesday with a windchill of -45F.
* Monday temperature anomalies above courtesy of Climate Reanalyzer.
...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS POSSIBLE SUNDAY AND SUNDAY EVENING... BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE OVER MUCH OF WEST CENTRAL... CENTRAL... AND SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA SUNDAY AND SUNDAY EVENING. A BLIZZARD WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED... AND IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING... FOR LOCATIONS GENERALLY ALONG AND SOUTHWEST OF A LINE FROM LONG PRAIRIE THROUGH LITCHFIELD AND SAINT PETER TO OWATONNA. A PERIOD OF SNOW WILL OCCUR SATURDAY NIGHT PRIOR TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF BLIZZARD CONDITIONS... WITH 2 TO 4 INCHES OF ACCUMULATION EXPECTED. ALTHOUGH SNOWFALL WILL DIMINISH ON SUNDAY... WITH MAINLY SNOW SHOWERS OR FLURRIES... NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE STRONG WINDS COULD CREATE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS DUE TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. WINDS WILL DIMINISH BELOW 20 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT SUNDAY NIGHT... WHICH WILL ALLOW CONDITIONS TO IMPROVE SOME... ALTHOUGH AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL PERSIST INTO MONDAY.
File photo above: "Matt Goff and his daughter Rowan check out a flooded Swan Lake Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Sitka, Alaska. The Goffs were spending the day looking at flooded sites around town. More than 4.5 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period." (AP Photo/Daily Sitka Sentinel, James Poulson).
Image credit above: "The variable-mesh MPAS grid can be customized to feature higher resolution where added detail is desired, as illustrated here for North America." Courtesy MPAS.
Photo credit above: "A marina on Lake Folsom sits dry and useless as an unseasonably dry winter in California stokes fears of a severe drought, near Folsom, Calif., Jan. 15, 2014. Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency on Friday, which will allow California to seek federal aid as it grapples with what could turn out to be the driest year in recorded state history for many areas." (Max Whittaker/The New York Times)
Image credit above: "Satellite imagery of artificial light, like this picture of Italy, can reveal the human activity you might want to avoid." (NASA).
Address: if you want to check it out head to 2700 block of 16th Street Northwest in New Brighton; it's near Totino Grace.
TODAY: Some sun, colder again. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 8
SATURDAY NIGHT: Another clipper; 1-2" snow possible. Low: 6 (rising into the teens).
SUNDAY: Gusty, turning much colder. An inch of fluff. Winds: NW 25-45 (!) WC: -10. High: 19, falling PM hours.
MONDAY: (Windchill Warnings will probably be posted by NOAA). School-closing cold? Feels like -45. Wake-up: -16. High: -10
TUESDAY: Blue sky, a fine Yukon breeze. WC: -40. Wake-up: -22. High: -3
WEDNESDAY: Not as numb. Clouds increase. Wake-up: -12. High: 25
THURSDAY: Another shot. Get me out of here. Wake-up: -2. High: 4
FRIDAY: Blue sky, less wind. Wake-up: -4. High: 14
"Emissions have gone up faster than I thought and some of the effects of global warming are coming through more quickly, such as melting of the glaciers and the polar ice caps." - Lord Stern, The Guardian
Photo credit above: AP Photo/Marco Trovati.
Photo credit above: "Global warming is progressing at such a rate that scientists say many previous sites of Winter Olympics would be too warm to host a Winter Games by the last half of this century." (Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters).
File photo above: "In this Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 file photo insulated blankets cover a snow storage unit in the Rosa Khutor Alpine center in the mountain cluster in Krasnaya Polyana outside the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Sochi will have enough snow for the Winter Olympics in February, Russia's chief weather forecaster vowed Friday. Concerns about a snowless Olympics were raised after two test events in Sochi had to be cancelled last February because of a lack of snow or rainy weather. The resort city on the Black Sea is the only sub-tropical region of Russia." (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File).
"Climate change is real and man-made ... After year 2070, global warming will become a net cost to the world, justifying cost-effective climate action."Image credit above: "Bjorn Lomborg leads the Copenhangen Consensus Center, which has concluded that more global warming will be worse for the economy." Photograph: Camera Press.