24 F. average high on January 20.
9 F. high on January 20, 2013.
.2" snow fell at KMSP yesterday.
10" snow on the ground.
Minnesota Weather History on January 22. Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service.
1982: Just over 17 inches of snow fell in the Twin Cities. Amazingly, it was to be outdone two days later.
1917: 16 inches of snow falls in the Twin Cities.
Every time I want to feel sorry for myself, moaning about a bad remake of "Little House On The Prairie", I think back to the pioneers who settled Minnesota & Wisconsin in the early 1800s. How did they do it? Before indoor flush toilets, Costco, the NFL and heated car seats.
Did they complain, or were they stoic, driven by a faith & confidence that seems almost supernatural today? I'm not sure, but this time I'll keep my pie-hole shut; just grin and bear it.
Although not quite as dangerous as January 6-7, wind chill values will dip to -30F at the bus stop this morning. Make sure the kids look like well-dressed mummies as they head out the door - no exposed skin showing.
Highs struggle to top 0F today, again Thursday as a reinforcing shot of Yukon Blue swirls into town. After approaching 30F Friday another chunk of the Polar Vortex breaks off, more "waves" of thumb-numbing chill hurtling south on Saturday; with the coldest, potentially school-closing-cold front Tuesday morning, when -20F is not out of the question in the metro area.
Other than that things are going well. Clippers may freshen up the snow in your yard Saturday night, again Wednesday of next week.
I'm looking forward to February. It has to get better....right?
...VERY COLD WIND CHILLS EXPECTED TONIGHT... ANOTHER SURGE OF FRIGID AIR WILL CONTINUE MOVING IN TONIGHT. THE COMBINATION OF LOW TEMPERATURES AND BRISK NORTHWEST WINDS WILL CREATE WIND CHILL VALUES BETWEEN 25 DEGREES BELOW AND 40 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. A WIND CHILL WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF WESTERN MINNESOTA ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM HILLMAN TO ST. CLOUD TO LITCHFIELD TO MONTEVIDEO TO HAYDENVILLE WHERE WIND CHILLS ARE EXPECTED TO DROP AS LOW AS 35 TO 40 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. EAST AND SOUTH OF THAT LINE...INCLUDING THE TWIN CITIES METRO AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN...A WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT WITH WIND CHILL VALUES AS LOW AS 25 TO 34 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.
* Significant "plowable" snowfall now appears likely from Roanoke, Richmond and Washington D.C. area to Delaware Valley, much of New Jersey, metro New York City, coastal Connecticut into Providence, the Cape and Boston area, developing late morning Tuesday (Virginia) and not tapering off in Boston until Wednesday afternoon.
* I'm most concerned about Washington D.C., where the forecast of "flurries" is enough to send locals into a panic. Models suggest 3-6" for D.C., possibly 8" for a few suburbs, enough to shut the city (and airports) down from Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. Conditions should gradually improve during the day Wednesday.
* New York City will be on the northern edge of the heaviest snow bands, Long Island stands a good chance of some 5-10" amounts with significant blowing and drifting from the PM hours Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Manhattan could easily pick up 6" from this system, maybe 8" in a few spots. This will be a cold snow, powdery, more prone to blowing and drifting. Keep in mind that chemicals put down by road crews don't work effectively at surface temperatures colder than 15-18F, so I expect massive travel problems all up and down the I-95 corridor tomorrow into at least midday Wednesday. Is this an inappropriate time to wish you a Happy New Year...? I'm just the messenger. This too shall pass.
Summary: We've all been through this drill before, but this will probably be the first significant snowfall for Mid Atlantic and coastal New England urban centers of 2014, coming after a period of unusual warmth and snow-free conditions (it was close to 60F this afternoon in D.C.). Talk about a rude awakening. Expect plowable snowfall amounts, with considerable blowing and drifting from this powdery snowfall Tuesday afternoon into midday Wednesday (Boston area) before the storm pushes out to sea. This system will be followed by temperatures in the teens and single digits by Wednesday and Thursday, complicating and delaying snowfall removal efforts. Expect disruptions to transportation and facilities, with conditions deteriorating as the day goes on Tuesday, the worst conditions late afternoon Tuesday into midday Wednesday.
Paul Douglas - Senior Meteorologist - Alerts Broadcaster
1. It's Bordering on Unprecedented in Some Areas. According to Christopher Burt, weather historian at Weather Underground, the City of San Francisco has received only 2.12 inches of water so far in this water year. The driest water year on record was from 1850-1851, at 7.42 inches. So as of now, San Francisco is below half of the all-time record low.
2. Time in the Rainy Season is Running Out. California doesn't get steady rain all year round. Rather, it has a rainy season each year, and we're currently in it..."
Image credit above: NOAA/NASA.
Solar flares are sometimes accompanied by coronal mass ejections (CMEs), huge outpourings of energy and material that travel at up to 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) per second.
- See more at: http://www.spaceanswers.com/solar-system/4426/five-amazing-facts-about-solar-flares/#sthash.y9pkYmhL.dpuf
Image above: Dave Simonds.
TODAY: Windchill advisory. Numb & number. Blue sky. Feels like -30. Winds: NW 10. High: 2
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clouds increase with a coating to 1" snow - slick roads. Low: -1
WEDNESDAY: Reinforcing shot of cold air. Mostly cloudy. High: 3
THURSDAY: May I be excused? Blue sky. Numb. Wake-up: -15. High: -1
FRIDAY: Milder, coating of snow. Wake-up: -2. High: 29
SATURDAY: Dry start, few inches snow late? Wake-up: 23. High: 28
SUNDAY: Clouds, turning colder late. Wake-up: 16. High: 18 (falling during the day).
MONDAY: Character-building. Feels like -30F. Wake-up: -12. High: -3
1. The climate is warming - not just the atmosphere, but also the oceans, which are rising as a result, and ice is melting.
2. Most of the recent warming is extremely likely due to emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by human activities. This is supported by overwhelming evidence and hence was a conclusion of the 2014 IPCC report..."
Photo credit above: "Jinhuarun chemical plant in Zekou Town, Qianjiang City of Hubei Province, China. A draft UN report says the west is increasingly outsourcing its carbon pollution to China and other rising economies." Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA.
Image credit above: "Our gamble may lead to an unstable future climate." Photograph: Don Mcphee.