2 F. high yesterday afternoon at KMSP.
30 F. average high on February 18.
44 F. high on February 18, 2014.
1" snow on the ground in the Twin Cities.
February 18, 1928: A dust storm moved across Minnesota, causing lights to be turned on in the day time in the Twin Cities.
There's no shame in flying, driving or walking south for a mid-winter break. A good friend, Bill Popp, reminded me that even Minnesota's state bird, the loon, flies south for the winter, relocating along the Gulf coast.
Except that may not be far enough south. Mardi Gras revelers in New Orleans have been decked out in heavy coats; wind chill advisories posted for much of Florida. You may have to fly to Phoenix, San Diego or Mexico to work up a serious sweat because an almost January-like chill will linger east of the Rockies into late February. No, spring is NOT right around the corner.
This morning starts out colder than yesterday but winds are easing under the center of a high pressure bubble. The wind chill won't be nearly as gasp-worthy. And the sun will be out, removing some of the psychological sting.
An inch of snow on Friday gives way to another thumb-numbing slap over the weekend; daytime highs barely creep above zero Sunday, again Wednesday of next week - with a wind chill that may tempt you to put your travel agent on speed-dial.
A higher sun angle and longer daylight finally gives the mercury a good kick the first week of March. 30s may feel like a revelation!
* Loon photo above courtesy of The Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center at USGS.
TODAY: Cold start. Bright sun, less wind. Winds: SW 5. High: 10
THURSDAY NIGHT: Clouds increase with light snow late, not as cold. Low: 7 (rising late)
FRIDAY: Next clipper. Coating to 1" snow possible. Slick spots. High: 27
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy, turning colder. Wake-up: 19. High: 23 (falling by afternoon)
SUNDAY: A fresh Siberian breeze. Wind chill: -20. Wake-up: 3. High: 8
MONDAY: Numbing start, clouds increase. Wake-up: -7. High: 17
TUESDAY: Lot's of clouds, feels like -25. Wake-up: 10. High: 13 (falling during the day).
WEDNESDAY: Bright sun. Hurry up March. Wake-up: -9. High: 5
Image credit above: "30-cm (11.8-in)-deep moisture projection based on NASA's high carbon emission scenario in the year 2095." (Image: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center).
* BP's official statement is here. The Telegraph has more on BP's prediction that CO2 emissions will exceed levels which pose a threat unless coordinated action is taken.
The Weird Way That Climate Change Could Lead To New Disease Outbreaks Around The World. The Washington Post takes a look at how a rapidly morphing climate is impacting disease vectors; here's an excerpt: "Climate change could be behind more than just rising ocean levels, melting polar ice caps, and extreme weather events – it could also be creating the ecological basis for infectious diseases to spread to new places and new hosts. Writing in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, two prominent zoologists, Daniel Brooks of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Eric Hoberg of the U.S. National Parasite Collection of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, warn that outbreaks of infectious diseases such as West Nile virus and Ebola are just the start – global warming could enable similar types of diseases to emerge and thrive in places you might not expect..."
Photo credit: Loi Nguyen/Audubon Photography Awards.