1997: Freezing rain along the North Shore causes numerous accidents. In Lake County, vehicles could not get up hills and were blocking roads. Highway 61 was closed for several hours from Two Harbors to Silver Bay.
1864: Extremely bitter cold in Minnesota. Twin Cities had a high of 25 degrees below zero.
Happy New Year
In 2015 I'm not wishing for a bigger Doppler, a competitive edge or more money. The world insists the key to happiness is MORE! When in reality less is more.
Instead of accumulating more stuff I don't need I'm hoping for a better work-life balance, new sights, a few good books, ideas that challenge me. That, and making more time for my friends and family. The most underrated blessing? Time.
But you can't package that in a 30-second commercial.
2014 was cooler than average with fewer tornadoes, less drought and epic flooding in June. I'm betting on a warmer 2015, and odds favor more jaw-dropping weather extremes. Based on multiple factors I still don't believe that this winter will be as grueling as last, overall.
That said, next week may bring back chilling memories, possibly the coldest week of winter.
The first half of the week brings single-digit highs and 4 nights/row of subzero lows. Not all that unusual considering January 15 is the coldest day of the year, on average.
20s will feel tolerable today; 30F Saturday before a big temperature tumble. Another thaw arrives on Pacific winds late next week.
I wish you and yours much happiness - and more time in the new year.
Temperature anomalies obtained using Climate Reanalyzer (http://cci-reanalyzer.org), Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, USA
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NEW YEAR'S DAY: Mostly cloudy, few flurries. Closer to average. West 10. High: 26
THURSDAY NIGHT: Clearing, turning colder again. Low: 4
FRIDAY: Sunny start, clouds increase later in the day. High: 21
SATURDAY: Milder with flurries, few inches snow far north. Wake-up: 14. High: near 30, falling sharply late.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Bitter winds, feels like 35 below. Low: -5
SUNDAY: Bitter sun. Feels like -35 at times. High: near 0
MONDAY: Some sun, less wind (and pain). Wake-up: -8. High: 4
TUESDAY: Flurries, then another cold shot. Wake-up: -3. High: 3
WEDNESDAY: Sunny, temperatures bottom out. Wake-up: -12. High: 6
* ECMWF guidance hints at 30s by the end of next week.
Photo credit above: Adrian Kingsley-Hughes.
Hottest Year Ever: 5 Places Where 2014 Temps. Really Cooked. Live Science takes a look back at some of the climate low-lights; here's an excerpt:
- Siberia: Central Siberia defrosted in spring and early summer under temperatures more than 9 F (5 C) above its 1981 to 2010 average. Ice on the Ob River began to break up two weeks earlier than normal. The heat may have unleashed methane gas trapped in previously frozen permafrost, triggering underground explosions that formed spectacularly deep holes.
- California: The long-running drought in California was made worse in 2014 by record heat. The first 10 months of 2014 were the warmest in California's history since 1895, further burdening the state's water demands....
Photo credit: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini.
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.