-1 F. high yesterday in the Twin Cities (at MSP International Airport).
22 F. average high on January 10.
19 F. high on January 10, 2015.
January 11, 1975: A blizzard continues with hurricane force winds in southwestern Minnesota.
January 11, 1899: An odd flash of lightning lights the clouds up around 9 pm at Maple Plain.
Cold & Heartbroken. Even Colder Shot Next Weekend
"Gary Anderson is holding on line 1". I don't know who to feel more sorry for: Blair Walsh or loyal Vikings fans. Probably the latter. We all have bad days...
-4F at noon kickoff (at MSP International, the official reading) makes it the 3rd coldest NFL game on record. It was even colder inside my family room at 3 PM.
Hey, we're just setting the table to play in our own new stadium during Superbowl 52 on February 4, 2018.
"Hey Paul, stick to guessing the weather!"
Fair enough. It may warm your heart to know that NOAA's short-term climate models show an El Nino-spiked warm signal February into May. That may be so. And winter should be truncated, shortened and milder, overall.
But ECMWF guidance pulls an even colder shot into Minnesota next weekend; maybe 3 consecutive days with highs near 0F. In the meantime you may be amazed how good 20F feels later this week.
When it's this cold it doesn't take much moisture or upward motion to whip up a quick, slick inch of fluff. That happens after 3 PM. Remember, the colder the air temperature the less snow required to wreak havoc on Minnesota roads. Be careful out there later today.
Image credit above: Star Tribune.
Image credit above: "The National Weather Service confirms an EF2 tornado touched down in Cape Coral, Florida, cutting power to thousands, damaging homes and leaving some residents unsure about where to go." Reuters.
* 178 buildings damaged in Cape Coral, estimated winds up to 132 mph. Details via Fox4.
* Some amazing photos of the damage at news-press.com. A longer article with more information is here.
* NBC2 has high-resolution mapping of the neighborhoods affected.
Map and data courtesy of Weather Underground and climate researcher Maximiliano Herrera.
We Know Just How You Feel. Thanks to Kent Kruhoeffer, who snapped this memorable photo with his smartphone in Tangshan, China. I have to believe most Minnesotans had roughly the same expression by mid-afternoon yesterday.
TODAY: PM snow, becoming icy by afternoon. Slow PM commute. Winds: SW 7-12. High: 10
MONDAY NIGHT: Burst of snow tapers to flurries, inch or two of snow will make roads very slippery. Low: -5
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, feels like -20F. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 2
WEDNESDAY: More flurries, another coating? Winds: SW 8-13. Wake-up: -6. High: 15
THURSDAY: Light snow - nuisance accumulation. Winds: S 8-13. Wake-up: 11. High: 19
FRIDAY: Storm should track south/east. Flurries possible. Winds: N 10-15. Wake-up: 12. High: 17 (falling)
SATURDAY: Colder wind, feels like -25F. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: -3. High: 3
SUNDAY: So cold I almost want to go to Florida. Some sun, feels like -20 to -30F. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: -10. High: -1
January - November, 2015 global temperature anomalies (land and ocean) courtesy of NOAA NCDC.