24 F. average high on December 29.
20 F. high on December 29, 2013.
December 29 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service:
2005: A large swath of snowfall in the 6 to 8 inch range fell approximately north of a line from Madison to Redwood Falls, to Glencoe, to Chanhassen, to Andover, to Woodbury. Even heavier snowfall occurred West of a Granite Falls to Willmar line, where reports of between 8 and 11 inches were recorded. In Willmar, several vehicles were reported in the ditch. A semi-truck also rolled onto its side.
1996: 6 to 7 inches of snow fell in Willmar. The new snowfall, in addition to previous heavy snowfall, caused a portion of the historical society's roof to collapse.
1980: Heat wave across Minnesota. Redwood Falls hits 51.
Before I put my coat (and pants) back on please hear me out. There's method to my madness. I believe everything I read on the Internet, including a recent story at The Atlantic. No more Brussels Sprouts Diet for this guy - I'm just going to turn down the thermostat.
A former NASA researcher took cold showers and shirtless walks during winter, losing over 26 pounds in 6 weeks. Year-round warmth is a modern luxury, one that isn't helping our waistlines. Let's see: cold and skinny or warm & plump?
Old Man Winter helps you shiver away holiday pounds over the next 2 weeks with some of the coldest air of the winter, but not quite as Nanook as last year. The mercury rebounds into the 20s later this week before the next sneeze of polar air whips up snow Saturday and single digits on Sunday. I still don't see a full-frontal Siberian Slap with persistent jet stream winds howling from the Arctic Circle, similar to last winter's pattern.
The Twin Cities reports 4 inches of snow on the ground, but there's precious little snow on the ground up north.
Resist the urge to panic. The next 3 months probably won't be a carbon copy of last year's pioneer winter.
Just a hunch.
WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON CST TUESDAY... A WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON CST TUESDAY. * WIND CHILL VALUES...25 TO 30 BELOW ZERO WITH THE COLDEST VALUES EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROSTBITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.
Citrus Bowl Weather Preview. Yes, it will be warmer in Orlando. If you're lucky enough to be flying to MCO for the big Gopher's bowl game pack a light jacket (nights in the 50s Wednesday and Thursday) and odds favor mostly cloudy skies and upper 60s for the actual game on New Year's Day. If you're sticking around it will feel more like summer by the weekend as temperatures surge toward 80F. Insert sigh here.
Temperature Anomalies obtained using Climate Reanalyzer (http://cci-reanalyzer.org), Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, USA.
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).
“My advice to the trustee could not be more simple: Put 10% of the cash in short-term government bonds and 90% in a very low-cost S&P 500 index fund. (I suggest Vanguard’s.) I believe the trust’s long-term results from this policy will be superior to those attained by most investors — whether pension funds, institutions or individuals — who employ high-fee managers...
Photo credit: Rolling Acres Mall, courtesy of Seph Lawless.
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TODAY: Windchill Advisory. Sunny. Comfortably numb. Wind chill: -20. High: 7
TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear, still cold. Low: -7
NEW YEAR'S EVE: Partly sunny, still shivering. High: 16
NEW YEAR'S DAY: Clouds increase, not as cold. Wake-up: 12. High: 25
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy, average temps. Wake-up: 15. High: 26
SATURDAY: Couple inches of fresh snow from a clipper? Wake-up: 14. High: near 20
SUNDAY: Sunny. Brittle breeze. WC: -10. Wake-up: -6. High: 7
MONDAY: Next clipper, light snow. Wake-up: -5. High: 21
Image credit: NOAA Arctic Report Card 2015.