0 F. morning low Monday in the Twin Cities.
16 F. afternoon high yesterday at MSP.
25 F. average high on February 2.
14 F. high on February 2, 2014, after waking up to -7 F.
February 2, 1989: Severe cold across Minnesota with lows in the 40-below-zero range in the north.
February 2, 1947: Strong dust storm hits Crookston with winds near 50 mph. Visibility was reduced down to 300 feet.
One Shade of Grey
How was I to know "50 Shades of Grey" isn't about drab, stormy winters in England? I think I got some bad advice.
What a strange winter. In Glencoe Saturday I talked to corn and soybean farmers, already concerned about another drought setting up in 2015. While Chicago digs out from a 20 inch blizzard; 5th biggest storm in Windy City history. Detroit picked up nearly 17", the 3rd largest snowstorm in Motor City history. Crews in Boston don't know where to put all the snow; 35 inches from 2 storms in one week, an all-time record. And here we sit, staring out at brown yards and fields, wondering what comes next.
The groundhog saw his shadow, meaning 6 more weeks of wintry spam from Canada. Big surprise.
But daylight is increasing rapidly now. Since December 21 we've seen an additional 65 minutes of light, at the rate of 2-3 minutes every day.
Any sun quickly fades; today's clipper dropping a coating to an inch of snow by evening. Arctic air sideswipes Minnesota tomorrow with a wind chill dipping to -10. The ECMWF (Euro) hints at a more potent clipper next weekend, even a couple inches, but I'm not holding my breath. No big storms or subzero smacks are brewing into the second week of February.
Out east it's a different story: another snowy nor'easter next Monday? At this rate Boston may turn into the Super Bowl of Snow.
- A Cold Start to the Month.
- Week 1 was the coldest start to January in 5 years and coldest since 2004 for Canada, driven by bitter cold in the East.
- NYC, Chicago, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh were all coldest since 1988.
- Consistent Warmth Through the West.
- Despite week 2 trending colder across all regions, western locations experienced warm comparisons for a majority of the month.
- San Diego had its warmest week 1 since 1986.
Photo credit above: "A water system station pumps water from the Atibainha reservoir, part of the Cantareira System that provides water to the Sao Paulo metropolitan area, in Nazare Paulista, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Southeastern Brazil is suffering the worst drought in more than eight decades and authorities put Sao Paulo in a state of alarm when the water utility director said that rationing could be implemented in a dramatic five days-off, two days-on." (AP Photo/Andre Penner).
File photo above: "In this April 27, 2011 file photo, a tornado moves through Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Tuscaloosa News won a Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting for their coverage of the April 27, 2011 tornado that destroyed much of Tuscaloosa. A year after the Pulitzer judges found no entry worthy of the prize for breaking news, The Tuscaloosa News of Alabama won the award for coverage of a deadly tornado." (AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa News, Dusty Compton, File)
“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” – Henry Van Dyke.
TODAY: Clouds increase. Coating to 1" snow PM hours. Winds: East 5. High: 21
TUESDAY NIGHT: Flurries taper, chilly. Low: 7
WEDNESDAY: Slow clearing, cold wind. Wind chill: -10. High: 15
THURSDAY: Fading sun, stiff breeze. Wake-up: 5. High: 23
FRIDAY: Mostly gray, thawing out! Wake-up: 18. High: 34
SATURDAY: Stronger clipper, couple inches? Wake-up: 25. High: 31
SUNDAY: Flurries taper early. Some PM sun. Wake-up: 19. High: near 30
MONDAY: Blue sky, not bad at all. Wake-up: 12. High: 29
Image credit: Department of Defense.