23 F. average high on January 8.
16 F. high on January 8, 2015.
1.2" snow fell at Twin Cities International Airport yesterday.
January 9, 1982: Both January 9th and 10th would have some of the coldest windchills ever seen in Minnesota. Temperatures of -30 and winds of 40 mph were reported in Northern Minnesota. This would translate to windchills of -71 with the new windchill formula, and -100 with the old formula.
January 9, 1934: A sleet and ice storm hits southwest Minnesota. Hardest hit locations were Slayton, Tracy and Pipestone. The thickest ice was just east of Pipestone with ice measuring 6 to 8 inches in diameter. At Holland in Pipestone County three strands of #6 wire measured 4.5 inches in diameter and weighed 33 ounces per foot. The ice was described as: 'Very peculiar information being practically round on three sides, the lower side being ragged projectiles like icicles: in other words pointed. The frost and ice were wet, not flaky like frost usually is. In handling this, it could be squeezed into a ball and did not crumble.'
Beast Mode? You Must Be Talking About the Weather
Seattle Seahawk Marshawn Lynch should be back for Sunday's wild-card playoff game with the Vikings. He may wish he was still back in Seattle, where 30 (above zero) is considered a "cold front".
Will a kickoff temperature of -2F with a pregame wind chill dipping to -20F provide a home field advantage? We'll see, but Sunday's frozen festivities should make the coveted Top 10 Coldest NFL Game list.
You may even have a flashback of the old Met Stadium. The coldest Vikings home game? -2F, as the Vikes battled the Bears on December 3, 1972. Be careful out there.
Temperatures tumble into single digits today on harsh, northwest winds, staying below 0F much of the day Sunday. A second reinforcing jab of numbing air arrives (via air mail!) on Tuesday, but ECMWF guidance suggests the coldest shot may come late in the week.
This will probably be the coldest week of winter with a chill factor dipping to -20F (-35F up north). Even so, it may not be cold enough for record lows.
Dress in layers, check toes for frostbite, make sure older friends & neighbors are keeping warm. Oh, and call your mother.
A welcome thaw arrives the last week of 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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Map credit showing Oklahoma earthquake cluster courtesy of Aeris Weather Interactive.
File photo credit: David Fine, FEMA.
Photo credit above: "Fishermen float onboard a boat amid mostly plastic rubbish in Manila Bay, the Philippines. Humans have introduced 300m metric tonnes of plastic to the environment every year." Photograph: Erik de Castro/Reuters.
2012 File imagery: NASA and Gizmodo.
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TODAY: Gusty with more clouds than sun, feels like -10F. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 11
SATURDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, coldest night of winter, to date. Low: -8
SUNDAY: Sunny & numb, AM feels like -20F. Winds: W 10-15. High: 2
MONDAY: Light snow or flurries. Winds: SW 5-10. Wake-up: -6. High: 12
TUESDAY: Another shot, feels like -20F. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: -4. High: 1
WEDNESDAY: More flurries, not quite as harsh. Winds: S 8-13. Wake-up: -5. High: 20
THURSDAY: Heaviest snow chance up north. Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 17. High: 27
FRIDAY: Arctic wind returns. Winds: NW 15-25. Feels like -25F. Wake-up: 2. High: 4
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..."
Amplification of El Nino by Cloud Longwave Coupling to Atmospheric Circulation. Which is an impressive way of saying global warming seems to make El Nino worse. Here's an excerpt of the paper's abstract at Nature Publishing Group: "...Here we present numerical experiments with an Earth system model, with and without coupling of cloud radiative effects to the circulation, suggesting that clouds enhance ENSO variability by a factor of two or more. Clouds induce heating in the mid and upper troposphere associated with enhanced high-level cloudiness12 over the El Niño region, and low-level clouds cool the lower troposphere in the surrounding regions13. Together, these effects enhance the coupling of the atmospheric circulation to El Niño surface temperature anomalies, and thus strengthen the positive Bjerknes feedback mechanism14 between west Pacific zonal wind stress and sea surface temperature gradients..."