23 F. average high on January 9.
20 F. high on January 9, 2014.
5" snow on the ground at MSP International Airport Friday evening.
January 9, 1990: January heat wave. Twin Cities warms to 49 degrees.
January 9, 1975: "Blizzard of the Century" begins also called the "Superbowl Blizzard" One of the worst Blizzards ever. Stranded people watched the Vikings lose the Superbowl on the 12th. The pressure hit a low of 28.62. This was the record until 1998.
A Pale White Light
"You'd be so lean that blasts of January would blow you through and through" Bill Shakespeare mused in The Winter's Tale. Curious about why it's so insufferably cold? Here's a thought experiment:
1) Take out a map. 2) Find yourself on that map.
We may as well have a Canadian postal code. Prevailing winds mean we're all living downwind of Calgary this time of year. The coldest temperatures take place near the center of continents, far away from the moderating influence of ocean water. No kidding.
Wave goodbye to what I still suspect was the coldest week of winter. There will be more cold fronts - 103 percent probability that comes true - but looking at duration of subzero air temperatures and wind chills the coldest stretch is probably behind us now.
Teens will feel unnaturally good this weekend, and after one more glancing blow of arctic air Monday a Pacific breeze kicks in. That should mean 30s next weekend with temperatures much closer to average through the end of January.
No big storms are in sight looking out 10 days. This week was a blunt reminder than 3 inches of blowing snow at 10F is far more dangerous on area highways than 8 inches at 28F.
Beware of cold storms.
* photo credit: Steve Burns.
Image credit above: "Visualization of the jet stream on Jan. 8, 2015, showing a swath of 200 knot winds blowing across the North Atlantic, affecting flights." Image: http://earth.nullschool.net.
Photo credit above: "Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools. The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida has a 15 million BTU/day solar pool heating installation." Photo: Solar Source.
TODAY: Cold start, some sun. Quiet. Winds: South 8. High: 15
SATURDAY NIGHT: More clouds, winds shift around to the north. Low: 2
SUNDAY: Peeks of sun, slightly cooler. High: 12
MONDAY: Blue sky, light winds. A bit chilly. Wake-up: -5. High: 5
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, no travel headaches. Wake-up: -6. High: 10
WEDNESDAY: Clouds increase, a little better. Wake-up: 3. High: 21
THURSDAY: Some sun, breathing easier. Wake-up: 11. High: 31
FRIDAY: Patchy clouds, time to exhale. Wake-up: 19. High: 33
Image credit above: "Glaciers around the world are retreating as the climate warms. NASA tracked a retreat of 3 kilometers (2 miles) of Argentina's Upsala glacier, in Patagonia, between 2001 and 2013. A new anaysis of global temperature data from the Japan Meteorological Agency found that 2014 was the warmest year on record." Credit: NASA.
Image credit above: "The DC-8 airborne laboratory is one of several NASA aircraft that will fly in support the five new Earth Venture class missions to launch this year." (Photo: NASA).