-1 F. low in the Twin Cities Monday.
16 F. high yesterday.
26 F. average high for February 3.
13 F. high on February 3, 2013.
14" snow on the ground.
1984: "Surprise Blizzard" across Minnesota and parts of the Dakotas. Meteorologists were caught off guard with its rapid movement. Persons described it as a "wall of white." Thousands of motorists were stranded in subzero weather. Only a few inches of snow fell, but was whipped by winds up to 80 mph. 16 people die in stranded cars and outside. Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service.
A Real Winter
15 inches of snow on the ground. No grumpy e-mails from snow lovers this winter, for a change. So far MSP has picked up nearly 40 inches of powder; 5 inches more than average, to date - and almost 17 inches more than last winter as of February 4. And just about all of it came from a cold conga-line of clippers. Each new reinforcing blast of Canadian chill was preceded by a few inches of fluff.
It adds up, especially when steering winds direct from the Arctic Circle prevent any extended thaws.
If anyone asks (doubtful) we just topped 5,000 heating degree days since July 1, 2013. That means we've spent about 7.5 percent more heating our homes & businesses than during an average winter. Whatever "average" is.
While a parade of shovel-worthy storms pass south - Minnesota enjoys cold and quiet weather into next week; 5 more subzero lows between Thursday & Monday, followed by a thaw the middle of next week.
At some point a higher sun angle will start to make a dent in this stubborn, nagging whirlpool of cold air, what's left of the much-maligned Polar Vortex.Right now I see an extended spell of 30s, even a few 40s the 3rd week of February.
Yes, I'm ready for the Spring Vortex.
Photo credit above: "The 2014 water year, which began Oct. 1, is on track to be even drier than the devastating drought of 1976-77." (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press / January 31, 2014).
* America's Snow Machine revs into high gear again this week with 2 distinct storms, one already impacting the Mid Atlantic, Northeast and coastal New England; a second storm pushes across the Central Plains into the Midwest and Ohio Valley Tuesday into Wednesday.
* Second surge of snow spreads across Plains into Midwest today into Wednesday; Chicago forecast to pick up 2-4" with heaviest snow bands probably passing south of Windy City; greater potential for 6"+ amounts Kansas City to Peoria to Indianapolis, Toledo, Detroit and Cleveland.
Long-range guidance shows a significant thaw east of the Rockies next week. The next 36-48 hours will bring the most delays/cancellations and overall weather headaches. Although I won't be referring to spring fever anytime soon, conditions do improve, nationwide, by next week.
Paul Douglas - Senior Meteorologist - Alerts Broadcaster
Image credit above: REUTERS/China Daily.
TODAY: Clouds increase. Dry sky. Winds: N 10. High: 17
TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy; snow stays well south, over Iowa. Low: -4
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, feels like -20F. High: 5
THURSDAY: Plenty of sun. Cold, but quiet. Wake-up: -14. High: 4
FRIDAY: Intervals of sun. What February? Wake-up: -9. High: 11
SATURDAY: More clouds than sun. Brisk. Wake-up: -7. High: 10
SUNDAY: East Coast storm. Blue sky here. Wake-up: -9. High: 13
MONDAY: Fading sun, warm-up begins. Wake-up: -3. High: 19
* 30s are likely by the middle of next week. Whoop Whoop!
Photo credit above: "The harsh winter we are having shouldn’t be viewed as a refutation of global warming, but rather as further evidence of a growing problem. Pictured: Trying to get around in Cortland, Ill. on Jan. 4, 2014." (Michael Kappel, courtesy Flickr).
- Southwestern North America and other subtropical regions are going to become increasingly arid as a consequence of rising greenhouse gases.
- The transition to a drier climate should already be underway and will become well established in the coming years to decades, akin to permanent drought conditions.
- This is a robust result in climate model projections that has its source in well represented changes in the atmospheric hydrological cycle related to both rising humidity in a warmer atmosphere and poleward shifts of atmospheric circulation features.