24 F. average high on December 30.
2 F. high on December 30, 2013.
3" snow on the ground at MSP International Airport.
5.9 F. In spite of the cold snap December temperatures are nearly 6F warmer than average, to date.
December 30, 1999: Balmy end to the 2nd millennium over Minnesota with temperatures in the 30's over central and southern Minnesota near midnight.
December 30, 1937: Damage done by flood at Grand Marais. 18 inches of snow dumped on Grand Portage.
December 30, 1913: New Ulm had its fortieth consecutive day without precipitation. Source: MPX NWS.
One of the many benefits of being a meteorologist is the steady stream of warm weather forecast requests that come in every winter. Each question warms my heart - and reminds me just how hard it is to use Google.
"Paul, I'm going to St. Thomas in February. Will it be 80F or 82F?" Or "Dude, I'm heading to Orlando to watch the Gophers demolish Mizzou! Will the weather be good?"
Uh huh. Yep.
Florida-bound fans should pack sunscreen, shorts and prepare for serious atmospheric-disorientation. Factoring a Minnesota wind chill and Orlando heat index you'll experience a 100-degree temperature jump. Dew points hit 70F in Orlando with weekend highs near 80. A few poor souls may complain about the humidity.
That won't be a problem here anytime soon. Canada treats us to its biggest export as waves of numbing air surge south. Next week may be one of the two coldest weeks of winter; the mercury has trouble rising above zero Sunday and Monday, in spite of a pleading sun.
Before you hitchhike to Laredo hang on: ECWMF guidance brings 30s (above!) surging back into Minnesota late next week.
That's what this winter will be like: frequent swings, from subzero lows to drippy thaws. Get ready.
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2014 A Quiet Year For Weather Disasters In The U.S. Here's an excerpt of an interesting update from USA TODAY: "...Not since Superstorm Sandy devastated the Northeast in 2012 has a single natural disaster cost the U.S. tens of billions in damage, according to a report released today by CoreLogic. Sandy cost the U.S. about $70 billion. "This is two straight years without big disasters," said Tom Jeffery, a senior hazard scientist at CoreLogic, a private research and consulting company based in Santa Ana, Calif., that provides information and services to businesses and government..." (Image: Climate Nexus).
Photo credit above: "Chimneys are seen with the Sacre Coeur basilica of Montmartre in background, rear right, from a roof top in Paris, Tuesday Dec. 9, 2014. Regional authorities decreed that as of Jan. 1, no home in Paris or the surrounding region will be allowed to cozy up to a fireplace around blazing logs. Their argument : A quarter of the French capital’s pollution comes from wood-burning fires." (AP Photo/Francois Mori).
TODAY: Sunny and windy. AM wind chill: -20. Winds: SW 15-25. High: 14
NEW YEAR'S EVE: Partly cloudy, still chilly. Low: 11
NEW YEAR'S DAY: Mostly cloudy, passing flakes in the air. High: 24
FRIDAY: Early sun, clouds increase PM hours. Wake-up: 12. High: 22
SATURDAY: Snow up north, metro flakes, gusty. Wake-up: 15. High: 31
SUNDAY: Sunny, harsh wind. Feels like -15. Wake-up: 0. High: 3
MONDAY: Mostly cloudy, less wind. Feels like January. Wake-up: -10. High: 1
TUESDAY: Burst of light snow possible. Wake-up: -6. High: 8
Photo credit above: "Antarctica's Twaites Glacier, one of the six glaciers of the Amundsen Sea Embayment of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet." Credit: NASA .
Image credit: NOAA Arctic Report Card 2015.