22 F. high in the Twin Cities Saturday (1:08 PM).
25 F. average high on February 1.
4 F. high on February 1, 2013.
Trace of snow fell at KMSP International Yesterday.
100% odds we'll see 6 more weeks of winter, no matter what the groundhog says.
Minnesota Weather History on February 1. Source: Twin Cities NWS.
1996: State record low temperature set in Minnesota. With numerous media folk present, the low dipped to -60 three miles south of Tower. Governor Arne Carlson cancelled school statewide due to the cold.
1988: Temperature bottoms out at -43 at Embarrass.
1927: Spring-like temperatures on Groundhog's day. Tracy is 57 and Fairmont reaches 56.
Winter Misery Index
The mad crush of people jamming The Minneapolis Boat Show yesterday was yet another tip-off that we're enjoying a Real Winter. Our portable space heater has been on since early December, and it's getting harder to see traffic and stray polar bears over the chin-deep-drifts at the end of the driveway. 34 subzero nights in the Twin Cities!
And yet the Minnesota Climate Office has put our pain into stark perspective. Assigning points for snowfall, snow depth and cold weather this winter ranks a 103, qualifying as "kind of miserable". 2 years ago we had no winter (that was a 15). But heavy snow in 2011 made that winter a 161 (seriously miserable). Winters of the late 70s & early 80s were much worse, while 3 of the 5 easiest winters came since 1987. The blog has details below.
Yes, it's been cold, and we've experienced a monotonous parade of Alberta Clippers for the last 60+ days, but the biggest snowstorms have detoured to our south; a trend which continues this week. Cold but quiet weather lingers - subzero nights the rule rather than the exception into mid-February. I do see a milder shift in the pattern by the third week of the month, as we finally pull out of this icy rut.
Expect 40F and a rain shower for today's Super Bowl. Washington D.C. may pick up 6-8" snow Monday.
-63 degrees F at Grand Marais Airport on the 6th (-48 F in the Twin Cities)
-50 degrees F at Duluth on the 7th
-51 degrees F at Park Rapids on the 23rd (-37 F in the Twin Cities)
-53 degrees F at Grand Marais Airport on the 27th (-39 F in the Twin Cities)
-52 degrees F at Fosston on the 28th
According to the State Climatology Office the median number of days each winter when the windchill warning criteria (-35 F or colder) is reached is three times. The National Weather Service had to issue four windchill warnings for the Twin Cities so far this winter..."
Great Lakes Have Most Ice In Decades Thanks To Bitter Winter. Milwaukee's Journal Sentinel has the story - 60% of the Great Lakes have ice cover - the most in 25 years.
Photo credit above: "The water level in Lake Cachuma is dropping, in part because of sustained drought conditions across the state." (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times / January 14, 2014).
* the latest U.S. Drought Monitor information for California is here.
Image credit above: Max Whittaker for The New York Times.
* more details on the upcoming hurricane storm surge forecasts from NOAA NHC.
* Harrington's TSA (Taking Sense Away) blog is here.
TODAY: Windchill Advisory. 6 more weeks of winter? Yep. Bright sun. AM chill factor: -20F. High: 11
SUNDAY NIGHT: Clear and chilly. Low: -2
MONDAY: A few clouds, no-groan commute. High: 17
TUESDAY: Clouds increase. Snow over Iowa. Wake-up: 4. High: 15
WEDNESDAY: Another puff of fresh air. Wake-up: 1. High: 5
THURSDAY: Cold start. At least the sun's out. Wake-up: -11. High: 3
FRIDAY: Brushed by flurries, coating? Wake-up: -8. High: 8
SATURDAY: Shocker: windy, turning colder. Wake-up: -3. High: 12
* photo above courtesy of Ann Karrick.
Photo credit above: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli.
Photo credit above: "Crews work on construction of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline east of Winona, Texas." Photograph: Sarah A Miller/AP.
Image credit above: "The State Department says in a report released Friday that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would have little effect on climate change."
Photo credit above: " Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters.
Photo credit: NOAA.