Remember the movie "Network"? Well I'm having a Howard Beale Moment. "I'm madder than (heck?) and I'm not going to take it any more!"
I can't work under such intolerable conditions. Now I'm a reluctant weather-therapist, trying to help friends, family (and readers) cope with the coldest winter in 35 years. But to no avail. So I'm going on strike and encouraging all Minnesota meteorologists to follow my lead.
Don't show up for work. Maybe a few minutes of dead air will encourage Canada to stop shelling us with subzero artillery.
Enough is enough.
Step away from the Doppler, Paul.
The good news? The glacier in your yard won't grow appreciably into next week - waves of numbing air pushing the storm track well south of Minnesota. The bad news (unless you're into aerobic shivering) is 7 more subzero nights next week, on top of the 45 we've already enjoyed. Hey, if we reach 53 subzero nights it'll be the most since 1978, the 5th most on record.
While we stare out our windows at serious-thermometer-shrinkage the rest of the northern hemisphere is shrugging through a lukewarm winter. According to NOAA January was the 4th warmest, worldwide, on record.
Yes, this too shall pass.
So far as of February 21, 2014 the WMI for the winter of 2013-14 in Twin Cities is 168 points, or in the "severe winter" category. Of course there is quite a bit of winter left. The lowest WMI score was the winter of 2011-2012 with 16 points. The most severe winter is 1916-1917 with 305 WMI points. How many WMI points will this winter score? stay tuned!
"laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face."
This is a winter that we can be thankful for laughter. I know that I saw many more smiles when the temperature finally touched 40 degrees F two days in a row this week in the Twin Cities. At least that gave us a bit of a respite...."
Image credit above: "The jet stream buckled in January, allowing extremely cold air (in blue) to enter the U.S." Image: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
U.S. vs. China: Is This The New Cold War? Financial Times Magazine has a very interesting read here.
TODAY: Chilled sunlight. Winds: W 10-15. High: 15
SATURDAY NIGHT: Clear and cold. Low: 0
SUNDAY: Blue sky, only partially numb. High: 14
MONDAY: Flurries & light snow. Coating - 1" Wake-up: -3. High: 12
TUESDAY: Some sun, turning colder again. Wake-up: -7. High: 5
WEDNESDAY: Cash in frequent flier miles. Patchy clouds, reinforcing clipper. Wake-up: -9. High: 10
THURSDAY: Sunny, unreasonably cold. Wake-up: -11. High: 2
FRIDAY: Cold, but still storm-free. Wake-up: -14. High: 6
* Models are hinting at a possible thaw again the second week of March.
Play It Again: January Continues Globe's Warm Trend. You'd never know it staring at the thermometer in your back yard, but the planet continues to run a low-grade fever. Here's a clip from Climate Central: "Last month was the fourth-warmest January since recordkeeping began in 1880. It was also the 347th consecutive month with above-average temperatures compared to the 20th century average, which has been fueled in large part by climate change. That streak is one month shy of 29 straight years. Global average temperatures were also among their top 10 warmest for the ninth straight month, according to data released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)..."