23 F. average high on January 9.
6 F. high on January 9, 2015.
-32 F. record low at KMSP (January 9, 1977).
January 10, 1990: A January 'heat wave' forms. MSP Airport warms to 49 degrees.
January 10, 1975: The 'Blizzard of the Century' begins. Also called the 'Super Bowl Blizzard,' it was one of the worst blizzards ever. The pressure hit a low of 28.62. This was the record until 1998.
Character-Building Football Game
Late January Thaw
The best part of breaking your ankle is hearing about other people's old injuries. The best part of a Minnesota cold wave is watching the reaction on a visitor's face when you describe what subzero is like.
"It feels like you're breathing in battery acid, more tickle than pain." Don't stop there. "I remember a similar outbreak. Lost my left ear - came right off. Doctor attached it backwards, now I can't tell if I'm coming or going."
In the sun, stomping around a little, properly dressed (no exposed skin - a rule I live by year-round) you should be just fine at today's game. Earmuffs and boots are highly recommended - if your feet stay warm you feel better, longer.
This should be one of the top two coldest home games for the Vikings franchise; one of the 10 coldest NFL games ever played.
An even colder swipe arrives Tuesday, with only a modest recovery during what should be the coldest week of winter. A burst of fluff is possible Monday - but this cold dome will steer big storms well south of Minnesota.
I still see a mellowing trend and thawing temperatures by late January.
Sunday's Vikes-Seahawks Game: One of the 10 Coldest NFL Games on Record? It'll be close, but if the air temperature stays below zero at kick-off around noon it would probably qualify. More details from the NFL: "The forecast calls for frigid temperatures for the Minnesota Vikings' home wild-card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Only time will tell if Sunday's game joins this illustrious list of icy showdowns." From another NFL article: "...Minnesota's three coldest home games in franchise history were: Dec. 3, 1972 versus Chicago at minus-2 degrees; Dec. 10, 1972 versus Green Bay at 0 degrees; Nov. 29, 1964 versus Los Angles at 5 degrees. The Vikings 'last home outdoor playoff game in Minnesota was Dec. 26, 1976 in the NFC Championship. Fran Tarkenton led the Vikes to a 24-13 victory over Pat Haden and the Los Angeles Rams. The temperature was 12 degrees that day..." (File photo: AP).
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File photo credit: David Fine, FEMA.
2012 File imagery: NASA and Gizmodo.
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What a Face. Thanks to Kent Kruhoeffer, who snapped this memorable photo with his smartphone in Tangshan, China. I know just how this little guy feels...
MONDAY: Bust of light, fluffy PM snow. Icy roads. Winds: SW 5-10. High: 10
TUESDAY: Second arctic shot, feels like -25 to -30F. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: -4. High: near 0
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, still numb. Wake-up: -10. High: 9
THURSDAY: Blue sky, plenty of fresh air! Wake-up: -6. High: 8
FRIDAY: Clouds increase, late flurries. Winds: E 10-20. Wake-up: 0. High: 13
SATURDAY: Better chance of a snowy coating. Winds: E 8-13. Wake-up: 10. High: 17
January - November, 2015 global temperature anomalies (land and ocean) courtesy of NOAA NCDC.
Pope Francis Was Right on Climate Change. Here's an excerpt of an Op-Ed at The Washington Post: "...That’s why many environmental activists are now being drawn to an evolving philosophical stance on the topic, shifting away from an approach that is simply political, scientific or economic. “There can be no ecology without an adequate anthropology,” Pope Francis said in Laudato Si, the papal encyclical released last summer. Francis rejected both an anthropocentric view that accepts all human desires and a misanthropic view that wishes people would disappear. To find solutions for climate change and other environmental challenges, we need to focus on the morality of our actions, including questions of fairness and obligation..."