-1 F. maximum temperature yesterday at 5:59 PM.
24 F. average high on January 5.
-2 F. high on January 5, 2014.
January 5, 1942: Temperature rose from 32 below zero to 41 above in 24 hours in Pipestone.
Benefits of Brrr
This may prove the perils of cold weather brain-shrinkage, but consider: 1) Living in Minnesota gives you cold weather boasting rights for the USA! Anchorage? Not even close. Alaska's biggest city didn't see ONE subzero low in 2014. 2) A low of -30 to -40F is required to kill off most invasive pests, including hungry Pine Beetles. A cleansing cold wave is very good news for our North Woods. 3) There's anecdotal evidence that the crime rate drops during extended cold waves. It turns out thugs, creeps and criminals don't much care for extreme wind chills either.
Feeling better? Me neither.
The next surge of polar exhaust arrives today. Temperatures tumble, bottoming out tomorrow morning around -15F in the suburbs with a wind chill of -35 to -40F. Pioneer cold, but a rebound is likely by the weekend with highs luxuriating in the teens. Yes, teens above! will feel amazingly good.
I still don't see anything that qualifies as a storm, just slow moderation next week as winds begin to blow from the Pacific instead of the Arctic Circle. That should mean a thaw by the end of next week.
Is this the worst of winter? Probably. Then again I'm a naive optimist with debilitating brain-freeze.
Photo credit above: "In this Dec. 11, 2013 file photo Zoe Reisen,10, of Dubuque, Iowa, sleds down a hill at Allison-Henderson Park on in Dubuque, Iowa. Faced with the potential bills from people who are injured sledding, Dubuque is one of the cities across the country the is opting to close hills rather than face the risk of large liability claims." (AP Photo/The Telegraph Herald, Jessica Reilly, File)
Thanks so much for the latest round of work. Really coming together. Few points of feedback:
1 – Really liking the whole light thing but not totally sure about the naming system. “Day” and “night” are OK but we feel like there’s more we can do here. Thoughts? Definitely need to nail this down ASAP.
2 – Re: the “sky”… not really feeling the color here. Would like something that pops more. Please send additional options...."
TODAY: Some sun, colder wind. Winds: NW 20. Wind chill: -20. High: 5, then falling
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clearing and bitter. Low: -13
WEDNESDAY: Coldest day. Feels like -35. Ouch. Bright, ineffective sunshine. High: -2
THURSDAY: Next clipper, coating of flurries. Wake-up: -11. High: 13
FRIDAY: Intervals of sun. Feels like -30F. Wake-up: -8. High: 2
SATURDAY: More clouds than sun, less wind. Wake-up: -9. High: 11
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, still can't feel my toes. Wake-up: -6. High: 8
MONDAY: Last shot of brittle air - for now. Wake-up: -6. High: 5
Perspective. Thanks to Elijah Zarlin and Twitter for clarifying why climate scientists are concerned.
Photo credit above: "Spray paint indicates trees that had just been measured at Cuatro Rios as part of research carried out at La Selva Biological Station, near La Virgen, Costa Rica, Oct. 15, 2014. The return of new-growth tropical forest parcels like this one is remarkable both ecologically and economically as a sign of the growing push to halt and eventually reverse deforestation." (Adriana Zehbrauskas/The New York Times).
Photo credit above: The Years Project/Courtesy of SHOWTIME. "Anna Jane Joyner is trying to convince evangelicals that climate change is a problem worth solving."