0 F. high temperature yesterday in the Twin Cities.
31 F. average high on February 22.
14 F. high on February 22, 2014.
February 22, 1981: Warmth returns to Minnesota with a high at Pipestone of 55 and a high of 52 at Luverne.
The Longest Month?
Nagging about the weather is highly subjective; everyone has their opinions, anecdotes & horror stories. There's no one right answer.
So forgive me while I lament the month of February, my least favorite month of the year.
Think about it. November brings the novelty of snow and Thanksgiving. December features Santa and good tidings of credit, NFL playoffs in January, March holds the promise of spring break and muddy 30s as Old Man Winter begins to lose interest. But February? Aching cold - spits of snow - greasy freeways. Like an annoying uncle who doesn't know when to leave.
Sorry for the rant. Tracking a parade of anorexic clippers is making me nutty. Towns from Kentucky to Virginia have seen more snow than MSP so far this winter; New England as much as 4 to 6 times more snow. And I still don't see a "shovel-able" snowfall into at least the second week of March.
A southern storm brushes us with light snow next Sunday morning. At this point I'll be surprised if we pick up a grand total of 35 to 40 inches by May 1. A bust for snow lovers.
But if you love wind chill you're in luck! The mercury hits 30F Tuesday before the next Canadian cold slap - keep your warmest parka handy.
Photo credit above: "Yakutsk, Russia is the world's coldest city: average winter temperatures hit -30 degrees. It's also the largest city built on permafrost. Amos Chapple
TODAY: Cold start. Turning windy with fading sun. Wind chill: -25 early. Winds: SW 15-25. High: 24
MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy, rising temperatures. Low: 23
TUESDAY: Mild start, few flakes in the air. High: 31
WEDNESDAY: More clouds than sun, chilly. Wake-up: 6. High: 15
THURSDAY: Blue sky. Sunscreen optional. Wake-up: -4. High: 12
FRIDAY: Plenty of sun. Another wintry hug. Wake-up: -2. High: 18
SATURDAY: Clouds increase, light snow late? Wake-up: 9. High: 26
SUNDAY: Snow tapers. Couple inches early? Wake-up: 18. High: 27