January 20, 1922: High pressure areas that move across this region in the depths of winter are stronger than at any other times of the year. The barometer at Collegeville hit 31.11 inches. A record high pressure for the state.
There is precious little snow on the ground over central Minnesota. The combination of no snow, open fields & high winds from a treadmill of clippers has produced severe wind erosion; topsoil blown downwind into drainage ditches, creeks and rivers.
A heavy blanket of snow is not only moisture-money in the bank for planting season, but it also holds topsoil in place. Greg Larson sent me amazing photos which are on my weather blog below.
Latest guidance shows a slow-moving, potentially beefier Alberta Clipper spreading snow into Minnesota Saturday night and Sunday. Plowable snowfall amounts are possible with this system; it's still too early for specifics.
The core of any bitter air pushes into the Great Lakes and New England in coming weeks, spinning up a parade of east coast storms.
We chill back down to single digits and teens by late next week but no polar pain is imminent here into early February. This is prime time for arctic invasions, so every day above 30F is a blessing, or a curse if you happen to like snow.
Pacific air pushes the mercury close to 40F by next Wednesday. That's roughly 40-60 degrees warmer than late January, 2014.
80 degrees if you count the wind chill.
Greg Larson, Excelsior
Ski Texas. The map above shows 4 KM NAM guidance of accumulating snow over the next 60 hours, a big bullseye of heavy snow over New Mexico and the Panhandle of Texas, where some 3-6" amounts are possible. Source: Aeris Weather.
Image credit above: "JPSS-1 is the second spacecraft within NOAA's next generation of polar-orbiting environmental satellites- scheduled to launch in early 2017." (Photo Credit: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.)
- During 2014, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.24°F (0.69°C) above the 20th century average. This was the highest among all 135 years in the 1880–2014 record, surpassing the previous records of 2005 and 2010 by 0.07°F (0.04°C).
- Record warmth was spread around the world, including Far East Russia into western Alaska, the western United States, parts of interior South America, most of Europe stretching into northern Africa, parts of eastern and western coastal Australia, much of the northeastern Pacific around the Gulf of Alaska, the central to western equatorial Pacific, large swaths of northwestern and southeastern Atlantic, most of the Norwegian Sea, and parts of the central to southern Indian Ocean.
TODAY: Clouds, few flakes in the air. Winds: N 5-10. High: 31
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partial clearing, a bit colder. Low: 19
THURSDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, dry sky. High: 29
FRIDAY: Peeks of sun, drippy icicles. Wake-up: 23. High: 37
SATURDAY: Better travel day. Late night snow. Wake-up: 28. High: 35
SUNDAY: Next Alberta Clipper. Potential for a few inches. Wake-up: 30. High: 32
MONDAY: Some sun, average temperatures. Wake-up: 19. High: 28
TUESDAY: Plenty of sun, not bad at all. Wake-up: 12. High: 27