1893: Blizzard hits the state with temperatures falling 40 degrees in five hours at Park Rapids.
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The Hard Minnesota Winter of 2014, sponsored by the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce. Our motto: "We're living in a desert - we may run out of water - but today our weather is so much nicer!"
I read this on the Internet so it must be true.
No, I'm not really blaming Arizona or Florida. The real culprit is far more sinister - our subversive neighbor to the north, quietly engaging in atmospheric extremism.
That's right, blame Canada.
Why isn't FEMA taking this threat seriously? Can't we build a really tall wall? Politicians will shrug and chalk it up to long nights & deep snow cover, but I suspect this silent, brittle invasion has been in the works for some time. We're already paying more for Canadian crude! Coincidence? I don't think so.
Calling Glenn Beck. Or Jesse Ventura.
32 subzero nights since December 1; the most since 1982. Today's clipper whips up 1-3 inches of fresh powder, followed by yet another jolt of (Canadian!) air by Friday.
I see very slight moderation next week - single digits and teens. Longer range models are hinting at a reprieve the latter half of February. Won't that be nice.
Be glad you don't live in Atlanta: 30-40 sanding trucks for the entire city. Melting snow refroze into glaze ice, sparking an unimaginable traffic jam. Details below.
Graphic credit: Courtesy: Minnesota State Climatology Office. "Minimum Temperatures of zero or colder in the Twin Cities Through Jan 31."
Photo credit above: "Traffic at a standstill on Interstate 65 northbound as officials work to clear abandoned vehicles in Hoover, Alabama, on January 29, 2014."
Photo credit above: Twitter/@WCL_Shawn.
"In terms of human impact, yesterday's forecast 'bust' was the most significant for me since January 1982, when we had a timing error of about six hours on the arrival of freezing rain and snow..."
"WeatherNationTV Chief Meteorologist Paul Douglas goes over just what went wrong in the historic snow and ice storm that blanketed the Southeast. Cars were abandoned, people slept in grocery stores, kids were stuck on buses, and a 16 hour commute home. What what wrong?"
Here is what has changed since yesterday:
* latest model solutions a little milder for Super Bowl Sunday: highs may peak in low 40s AM hours before falling thru the 30s during the PM.
* I still don't see widespread or heavy rain or snow - but an isolated rain/snow shower, or a few flurries/sprinkles, can't be ruled out during the game.
* Winds are slightly lighter: west to northwest at gametime, average of 7-12 mph with higher gusts.
* Meteorologists and various pundits will be at a rare (and welcome) loss for words. No BREAKING WEATHER in East Rutherford, New Jersey Sunday.
Summary: meteorologists live in a state of perpetual paranoia. I keep analyzing the maps and models, wondering (out loud) what can possibly go wrong. Confidence levels are very high that there won't be a major storm for the Super Bowl, certainly no blizzards or coastal storms that would impact operations, safety or comfort of fans, players and officials. My confidence level is high that temperatures will fall thru the 30s, with a light to moderate west/northwest wind. So windchill won't be a huge factor. There is a risk of a (nuisance) shower or rain or snow, but no meteorological show-stoppers. I'll keep starting at the maps and have another update tomorrow.
Paul Douglas - Senior Meteorologist - Alerts Broadcaster
Photo credit by Crews RS Harlald V.
Image credit: "Ritter Brothers, a jewelry and gift store in Williston, N.D., sells miniature oil rigs and other oil-related novelties." (Annie Flanagan for NPR)
TODAY: Winter Storm Warning. Snow likely morning and midday, 2-5 inches early with slippery roads. Winds: N 10-15. High: 17
THURSDAY NIGHT: Flurries taper, a cold wind returns. Low: -8
FRIDAY: What a shock: cold again. At least the sun is out. High: 4
SATURDAY: Check out the Boat Show. Mostly cloudy. Happy to be above 0F. Wake-up: -4. High: 13
SUNDAY: Partly sunny for Winter Carnival. Wake-up: -10. High: 6
MONDAY: Plenty of ineffective sunshine. Wake-up: -3. High: 10
TUESDAY: Blue sky, less wind. Wake-up: -7. High: 9
WEDNESDAY: Mix of clouds & sun. Still numb. Wake-up: -9. High: 6
1. Continue the crackdown on coal pollution: This month the Environmental Protection Agency released a new draft of rules that would strictly curtail emissions of carbon dioxide from new coal-fired power plants; a second set of rules that would apply to existing plants is expected later this year..."
Photo credit above: The White House.
temperatures of between 1C and 2C. Food availability and fishing pressure was also assessed..."
Photo credit: "Researchers looked at fish including North Sea herring."
The Guardian's perspective on the research referenced above is here.
Photo credit above: "Snowfields of Antarctica (photograph by Stephen Hudson, via Wikimedia)"