24 F. average high on December 27.
40 F. high on December 27, 2013.
4" snow on the ground at MSP International Airport.
December 28 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: MPX National Weather Service:
2000: Central and southeast Minnesota received 6 to 10 inches of snow. Some notable snow amounts include: Chanhassen NWS Forecast Office with 7.8 inches, St Cloud with 7.5 inches, and Hutchinson, Willmar, Albany, Red Wing, and Long Prairie with 7.0 inches.
1979: Balmy weather enables city park crew in Duluth to rake leaves.
1927: Cold snap across Minnesota. Temperature falls from 41 to -15 at Farmington.
Life is all about problem-solving, and when that fails, rationalization. I have a friend who has the right idea. "Paul, it's win-win. If it snows my commutes are longer but it means a steady supply of Canadian air, which implies more sun. Less money spent on caffeine & therapists" he said. "If El Nino kicks in it's foggy, rainy and mild but I save money on heating and less time on I-94."
A case of glass-half-full. Or glass-half-frozen?
Friday night's newscast-leading 2-6 inches of snow won't melt away anytime soon. A temperature slump is imminent - a much colder bias spilling into at least mid-January, as some of the coldest air of the winter drains south. None of us should be terribly surprised as the next 3-4 weeks are, historically, the coldest of the year.
Expect highs in the teens early this week; a subzero wake-up temperature New Year's Eve. An even colder front arrives on Saturday, followed by a few subzero "highs" early next week. The second week of January may be the coldest of winter.
A parade of clippers preceding each cold burst will freshen up the snow already on the ground. Finally, some good news for beleaguered snow lovers. You may even need sun glasses.
60-Hour Accumulated Snow. No significant snowfalls expected for the lower 48 states into early Tuesday, just a stripe of light snow pushing across the Dakotas into Nebraska and western Iowa; heavier amounts for the northern Rockies. Source: NOAA 4 KM NAM and HAMweather.
Looks Like January. What may be the coldest outbreak of the winter is shaping up for next week; I could see 2-3 days of daytime maximum temperatures below zero, along with double-digit negative numbers at night. So enjoy low 20s today and teens (above!)) tomorrow into New Year's Eve. The pattern isn't ripe for significant storms anytime soon.
Positively Polar. Temperatures appear to bottom out between January 5-9 as 850mb temperatures reach -25C at the surface, bringing back memories of last January. However this time I don't expect a persistent blocking pattern with polar air stalling nearby for week after week after month. GFS data above from NOAA.
Embrace The Purple. By Saturday temperature anomalies may be 20-30F colder than average as polar air drains southward across southern Canada into the northern tier of the USA. Meanwhile unusually warm temperatures continue to show up from northern Alaska into the Arctic and much of Asia. Source: Climate Reanalyzer.
* The BBC has more on Malaysia's flooding, which has been described as the worst in 30 years. Social media covers the extreme flooding here.
TODAY: More clouds than sun, brisk. Winds: NE 5-10. High: 24
SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 5
MONDAY: Blend of clouds and sun, chilly. High: 13
TUESDAY: Some sun, windy. Feels like -10. Wake-up: -2. High: 9
NEW YEAR'S EVE: Windy with patchy clouds Wind chill: -10. Wake-up: -6. High: 12
NEW YEAR'S DAY: Less wind, feeling better. Wake-up: 8. High: 25
FRIDAY: Gray, light snow up north. Wake-up: 14. High: 26
SATURDAY: An even colder shot. Numbing sun. Wake-up: 8. High: 10
File photo: AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano.
Photo credit: "July 2014, the first scientific expedition has just returned from the site with first probes." Pictures: Marya Zulinova, Yamal regional government's press service.