"As the days lengthen the cold doth strengthen" the proverb goes.
Yes it doth.
We've picked up 5 minutes of daylight since December 21 at the rate of a minute a day. A higher sun angle won't begin to compensate for long, Arctic nights until the 3rd week of January, when average temperatures begin to inch upward again, for the first time since July.
Next week may be the coldest of winter, but still a pale imitation of last winter. January 6, 2014 our high was -12, after waking up to -23. School-closing cold.
Next week's volley of polar pain arrives in waves. Sunday and Tuesday may be the coldest days with stronger winds creating a wind chill of -30F each day. In spite of bright sunshine daytime highs may not rise above zero Sunday. An extra layer for running or cycling but probably not cold enough to close school.
The worst of the chill is over late next week, a chance of snow next weekend as moisture surges north. Otherwise the main storm track takes a cold, southerly detour the next week; a rude reminder that Canada is still upwind.
"Stiff upper lip - this will only make us tougher!" a friend reminded me. He was calling from Orlando, but no matter. This too shall pass.
TODAY: Clouds increase, average temps. for early January. Winds: SW 8. High: 25
FRIDAY NIGHT: More clouds, not as cold. Low: 17
SATURDAY: Mild start, then windy, much colder later in the day with flurries (few inches of snow far northern MN). High: 30, then falling sharply late in the day.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Clearing with bitter winds. Low: -6
SUNDAY: Bitter sun, feels like -35F. High: -3
MONDAY: Clouds increase, cancel recess. Wake-up: -16. High: 6
TUESDAY: Snow tapers, bitter winds. WC: -35. Wake-up: -5. High; near 0
WEDNESDAY: Arctic sunshine. Bug-free. Wake-up: -11. High: 3
THURSDAY: Few flurries, not quite as harsh. Wake-up: -7. High: 12
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.