31 F. average high on February 21.
16 F. high on February 21, 2014.
1" snow on the ground in the Twin Cities.
24" snow on the ground February 21, 2014.
February 21, 1922: Blizzard, ice and thunderstorms across Minnesota. Winds hit 50 mph in Duluth while thunderstorms were reported in the Twin Cities. Heavy ice over southeast Minnesota with 2 inches of ice on wires near Winona. Over two inches of precipitation fell. This was also one of the largest ice storms ever in Wisconsin history with ice four inches in diameter on telegraph wires. One foot of ice covered wire weighed 11 pounds. One killed and four injured in Wisconsin.
Welcome to Saskatoon! Plug in your car (or your horse), scrape the ice off your contacts and keep an eye out for grizzlies on Doppler! Since when did aerobic shivering become an Olympic sport? Oh well. This too shall pass.
The only thing I can guarantee is sunrise and sunset. The good news, if you're counting the days until spring: nearly 2 hours of additional daylight since December 21. Sustained subzero air in late February and early March is unusual but not unprecedented. This is nature's way of evening up the score after a relatively mild December and January.
There's new scientific research linking a wavier jet stream, upper level winds prone to becoming "stuck" for weeks at a time, to rapid warming of the Arctic. Whatever the cause I'm amazed by the persistence of the pattern we're in, one that favors more cold, dry weather.
Today will be good for allergy sufferers, bad for gardening. The sun will shine, but a numbing breeze will make it feel like 25 below. A thaw is likely Tuesday, but a cold bias continues - another subzero swipe possible the middle of next week. Spring is NOT just around the corner.
Heartwarming news: meteorological winter, the 90 coldest days of the year, ends in 1 week.
Image credit above: "Artist's depiction of the ICI-4 rocket which launched today." (Image: Trond Abrahamsen, Andøya Space Center).
TODAY: Arctic therapy. Sunny, feels like -25. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 3 (subzero most of the daylight hours).
SUNDAY NIGHT: Clear, still brisk but winds subside a bit. Low: -11
MONDAY: Clouds increase, not as cold. High: 24
TUESDAY: Cloudy, relatively mild with a fleeting thaw. Wake-up: 22. High: 34
WEDNESDAY: Blue sky, cooling down again. Wake-up: 6. High: 16
THURSDAY: Sunny, less wind. Wake-up: -1. High: 13
FRIDAY: Chilly, storms stay south of MN. Wake-up: 0. High: 19
SATURDAY: Clouds increase, still quiet. Wake-up: 7. High: 24