I wonder if I'd get any points from Olympic judges for just skating in a sloppy circle, waving at the crowd? Better yet, pick a person at random from the stands to "compete" in each event. For some perspective. It's a wonder I'm not in charge of programming at NBC Sports.
We've had our own Winter Games: 44 subzero nights - most since 1981-82; coming off a stretch of 17 subzero nights in a row. That's the 8th longest subzero streak in Twin Cities climate records, according to Dr. Mark Seeley.
Since 2010 I've been telling you that something has changed with the jet stream. It may be related to summer ice melt in the Arctic (too early to know) - but the weather, increasingly, is getting stuck. The same persistent block responsible for our stubborn Polar Vortex is creating historic drought across California and strafing Britain with a parade of record floods.
A weak clipper may brush us with an inch of snow today; a few more inches Monday - again next Thursday. By the middle of next week highs approach 40F.
There is hope in the extended outlook.
It could always be worse. Chicago has picked up 62 inches of snow this winter. Central Park (New York City) is up to 54". Here in the Twin Cities? A mere 40.4 inches...and counting.
Duluth 58 days (most since 1964-1965)
Rochester 42 days (most since 1978-1979)
International Falls 65 days (most since 2008-2009)..."
* Computer guidance showing a growing potential for blizzard or near-blizzard conditions for Boston and Cape Cod late Saturday and Saturday night, with sustained winds of 30-40 mph producing white-out conditions.
* 6-10" of additional snow likely in the Boston area, over 1 foot for Cape Cod with significant blowing and drifting, peaking Saturday night.
* New York City may pick up about 2" of snow from this coastal storm Saturday; heavier amounts over Pennsylvania and upstate New York.
Summary: Although the brunt of the next coastal storm will remain just offshore, there's growing confidence in a forecast of hazardous to treacherous winter conditions from near Providence to Boston Saturday PM and nighttime hours. I expect delays and cancellations at Boston Logan, especially after 3 PM ET Saturday. Conditions improve during the day Sunday as snow tapers and winds begin to ease.
Paul Douglas - Senior Meteorologist - Alerts Broadcaster
19"- biggest 24-hour snowfall in 18 years
Third-biggest snowfall recorded
20.1"- 3rd-snowiest snowfall recorded
5th snowiest season on record already!
Central Park, NYC:
54" so far this season, now 9th snowiest season on record
Minneapolis averages 54" for the season, has 40.4" so far this year.
Set single-day precip/liquid equivalent total with 1.77"
A Real Winter
- This winter has led to the most flight cancellations in 25 years
- More than 75,000 flights have been cancelled since Dec. 1 (about 5.5% of flights)
Here's a YouTube clip of the event. I had a blast participating last year - hope you can stop by and make an appearance, supporting a very good cause, the ICA Food Shelf: http://youtu.be/GqwGOB8A14E
TODAY: Dusting or coating of light snow and flurries. Winds: SE 10-15. High: 20
SATURDAY NIGHT: Flurries taper, a few slick spots. Low: 8
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, not subzero. High: 24
SUNDAY NIGHT: More light snow arrives - roads may be slick for the Monday AM commute. Low: 20
MONDAY: A few inches of additional snow? Potentially plowable. High: 26
TUESDAY: Patchy clouds, turning milder. Wake-up: 24. High: 36
WEDNESDAY: Hints of March. Clouds increase. Wake-up: 21. High: 38
THURSDAY: More accumulating snow/ice. A few inches of slushy snow possible. Wake-up: 31. High: 34
FRIDAY: Colder with intervals of sun, better travel day. Wake-up: 15. High: 26
Photo credit above: " Jan Woitas/European Pressphoto Agency.
Photo credit above: "Visitors to the Olympic Park enjoy the warm weather at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Sochi, Russia." (AP Photo/David J. Phillip).