23 F. average high on January 8.
4 F. high on January 8, 2014.
3" snow fell yesterday at MSP International Airport.
2.5". Old 24-hour snowfall record for January 8 (1909).
January 8, 1982: Both January 9th and 10th saw some of the coldest windchills ever seen in Minnesota. Temperatures of -30 and winds of 40mph were reported in Northern Minnesota. This would translate to windchills of -71 with the new windchill formula, -100 with the old formula.
January 8, 1934: Sleet and ice storm over southwest Minnesota. Hardest hit was Slayton, Tracy and Pipestone. The thickest ice was just east of Pipestone with ice measuring 6 to 8 inches in diameter. At Holland in Pipestone County three strands of #6 wire measured 4.5 inches in diameter and weighed 33 ounces per foot. The ice was described as: "Very peculiar information being practically round on three sides, the lower side being ragged projectiles like icicles: in other words pointed. The frost and ice were wet, not flaky like frost usually is. In handling this, it could be squeezed into a ball and did not crumble."
"How do you people live up there!" How many times have you heard that refrain? Pick your poison. It is true that Minnesotans have to turn up the thermostat and slap on a few extra layers. At least we don't have to worry about Texas-size hurricanes submerging our homes every few years, or desert heat capable of melting sunglasses, or earthquakes turning our yards into quivering jelly.
Every spot has it's challenges and sporadic natural disasters, with the possible exception of Maui.
Today will be a poignant reminder that there really is nothing between Minnesota and the North Pole but a barbed-wire fence. Bitter exhaust behind yesterday's clipper pulls the wind chill at the bus stop down to -25, even -30F this morning. At least the sun will be out.
Did I mention we've picked up 13 minutes of daylight since December 21? No robins showing up on Doppler, but average high temperatures start to trend upward again on January 19.
So will the actual temperature, reaching 30s by late next week; maybe 40 degrees a week from Sunday. If it weren't for neighbors with telephoto lenses and Twitter I'd be tempted to take off my shirt and do some grilling.
Enjoy our fine, mosquito-free weather!
* photo courtesy of Steve Burns Photography.
TODAY: At least the sun is out. Windy and bitter. NW 10-20. Wind chill: -20 to -25. High: 3
FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and cold. Low: -11
SATURDAY: Cold start, clouds increase. High: 13
SUNDAY: Some sun, still colder than average. Wake-up: 1. High: 11
MONDAY: Partly sunny, light winds. Wake-up: -5. High: 6
TUESDAY: Patchy clouds, not as chilling. Wake-up: -2. High: 15
WEDNESDAY: More clouds than sun, tolerable. Wake-up: 9. High: 21
THURSDAY: Gray but relatively mild. Wake-up: 14. High: 28
* highs surge into the 30s by the end of next week.
And the answer is that most of the American coast will experience high waters that are 30-60 cms above local high tides, at least 30 times a year.
Nuisance flooding means just that − somewhere between an inconvenience and modest damage. But climate change, and its attendant sea-level rise, will make them much more frequent, and possibly more damaging.
- See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2015/01/06/us-coastal-cities-face-daily-flooding-by-mid-century-noaa/#sthash.qxqpMsQv.dpuf
- Climate change is causing higher temperatures and drier conditions in Australia.
- Climate change is leading to more destructive extreme heat events and bushfires..."