8 F. afternoon high yesterday in the Twin Cities.
23 F. average high on January 6.
-12 F. high on January 6, 2014.
3" snow on the ground at MSP International Airport.
January 6, 2003: Record warmth over Minnesota. Many places reach the 50's including the Twin Cities. St. James hit 59 and the Twin Cities reached 51. Nine golf courses were open in the Twin Cities and 100 golfers were already at the Sundance Golf Course in Maple Grove in the morning.
January 6, 1873: Great Blizzard. Three day blizzard caused extreme hardship for pioneers from out east who were not used to the cold and snow. Visibility was down to three feet. Cows suffocated in the deep drifts and trains were stuck for days. More than 70 people died, some bodies were not found until spring. Weather conditions before the storm were mild, just like the Armistice Day storm.
Embrace The Burn
Friends in California ask me what subzero feels like. I compare it to a (naked) cannonball into an Olympic swimming pool filled with low-grade battery acid. Which I have vowed to never try again!
Ice crystals up your nose and squeaky snow are tell-tale signs of serious negative numbers - what may be the coldest morning of the entire winter with a chill factor near -35F.
How could half an inch of snow result in such a traffic nightmare over the last 36 hours? Car exhaust usually evaporates, but when it's this cold these hydrocarbons freeze directly onto highway surfaces, especially at intersections & ramps, where vehicles idle. "Wheel-Track Glazing" is another threat. Warm tires can melt freshly fallen powder, creating water which instantly refreezes into glaze ice, an impossible challenge for road crews.
Canada is about to run out of cold air, at least temporarily. Teens feel good by the weekend; I still think we'll see a thaw by the end of next week. No big storms brewing and next week will be closer to average.
This is probably as cold as it's going to get all winter.
Image credit above: iowadot.gov.
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).
Photo credit above: "Finland's temperatures have risen at roughly double the rate of the planet as a whole, a new study suggests." Credit: josef.stuefer/Flickr.
The Best Places To Retire Abroad in 2015. Ecuador? OK. I'm trying to keep an open mind; details at Next Avenue; here's an excerpt: "Whether your dream is to retire abroad one day or the idea just offers a vicarious thrill, you’ll likely want to hear the winners in International Living’s just-released “World’s Best Retirement Destinations for 2015.” Mixing the latest data on everything from weather to retiree discounts with reports from its network of far-flung correspondents, International Living (a media company specializing in retirement abroad) ranked 25 countries for its annual Global Retirement Index. This year’s winner Ecuador nudged out the 2014 champ, Panama..."
Today: Windchill Warning. Some of the coldest weather of the winter. AM Wind Chill: -35. Numbing sunshine. Winds: NW 10-20. High: -1
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clouds increase, light snow late. Low: -6
THURSDAY: Next clipper with a coating to 1" of powdery snow - icy again. High: 14
FRIDAY: Freezer door swings open again. Blue sky, feels like -25. High: near 0
SATURDAY: Patchy clouds, not as harsh. Wake-up: -12. High: 13
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, cold and quiet. Wake-up: 4. High: 15
MONDAY: More clouds than sun, still dry. Wake-up: 0. High: 10
TUESDAY: Peeks of sun, light winds. Wake-up: -1. High: 14
Looking Ahead In The Arctic, With The United States On Point. InsideClimate News has the story - here's an excerpt: "...Because of carbon dioxide's long lifespan (a century or more) even major reductions on that front may not slow the thaw of the Arctic before the ice disappears completely. But black carbon and methane are a different story. They have much shorter lifespans—black carbon's is just days or weeks; methane's is about 12 years—but they have a more powerful impact. Climate experts from the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization have determined that black carbon is 100 to 2,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide, while the EPA reports that methane has more than 20 times the impact of CO2 on climate change over a 100-year period..."
Photo credit above: "This undated photo provided by NOAA shows a polar bear swimming. Earth's icy northern region lost more of its signature whiteness that reflects the sun's heat. It was replaced temporarily with dark land and water that absorbs more energy, keeping yet more heat on already warming planet, according to the Arctic report card issued Thursday, Dec. 17, 2014." (AP Photo/NOAA).
Perspective. Thanks to Elijah Zarlin and Twitter for clarifying why climate scientists are concerned.
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."