-10 F. low in the Twin Cities Tuesday morning.
15 F. high temperature yesterday.
23 F. average high on January 13.
34 F. high on January 13, 2014.
January 13, 1981: Over 24,000 Canadian Geese are at Silver Lake in Rochester.
January 13, 1952: Glaze, Sleet and Ice storm across Minnesota from St Cloud south into Iowa. 1,100 Northwestern Bell telephone wires down. The Buffalo Ridge in the Pipestone area the hardest hit with 3/4 inches of solid ice on Northern State Power wires with icicles to 3 inches. Northwestern Bell reported ice to 1 1/2 inches of ice on their wires in the same area. Thunder and a shower of ice pellets accompanied the storm in New Ulm and Mankato. Minneapolis General Hospital treated 81 people, victims of falls on icy streets.
I just had an out-of-body experience, seeing the reaction to an upcoming spell of 30s in Minnesota. Where else on the planet does a forecast of FREEZING elicit high-fives and sighs of relief? Maybe Fairbanks or Saskatoon?
On my blog is a story about a town in Siberia that may be the coldest inhabited spot on Earth. in February, 1933 the air temperature in Oymyako, Russia sank to -90F. That was the air temperature, not the wind chill. Local residents use outhouses, because indoor plumbing freezes. Cars are left running 24/7, it's too old to grow crops so locals eat meat only, much of it still frozen. Bonfires warm the ground before burials.
I'm suddenly feeling better about things. Remind me not to gripe - the weather could always be worse.
Temperatures mellow into the 30s from Thursday into Saturday; a cooling trend next week but readings still trending above average. We may even pick up a few inches of snow Tuesday as a slow-moving Alberta Clipper approaches. A few models are still pulling arctic air back into town the last few days of January.
Which brings up a few questions on my mind. At what temperature do Canadian schools close? And when hot, sticky fronts approach during the summer do they refer to steamy "American air"?
* 16 hour, 27 mile swim for survival. The New York Times has the remarkable story of Rob Konrad.
Photo credit: AFP. "The fin whale can grow up to 27m (88ft), making it the second-largest living mammal after the blue whale."
TODAY: I can almost feel my toes. Mostly cloudy, a little better. Winds: SW 5-10. High: 20
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy, not as cold. Low: 18
THURSDAY: More clouds, risk of a thaw. High: 32
FRIDAY: More clouds than sun, quite pleasant. High: 34
SATURDAY: Mild start, then turning cooler. Wake-up: 28. High: 37, then falling
SUNDAY: Few flurries, still above average. Wake-up: 18. High: 29
MONDAY: Peeks of sun, breezy. Wake-up: 16. High: 28
TUESDAY: Clipper. Few inches of snow? Wake-up: 20. High: 28
Image credit above: "In 2012, 97% of the surface of Greenland's ice sheet thawed. UCLA scientists captured the spectacular runoff."