23 F. average high on January 11.
14 F. high on January 11 2015
4/10ths of an inch of snow fell yesterday at KMSP.
January 12, 2000: Snow falls in a narrow band over the Twin Cities. Maplewood receives 5.5 inches, while Chanhassen gets 12.
January 12, 1888: The infamous 'Blizzard of '88' occurs. It hit during a mild day when many children were heading home from school. They made up the majority of the 200 people that died. At the end of the storm the thermometer at St. Paul read -37.
"Ice Station Zebra": Even Colder Shot Next Weekend
It's so cold I saw a politician with his hands in his own pockets. It was so cold we huddled in a walk-in freezer to stay warm. It's so cold Caribou is selling Latte-On-A-Stick.
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During Sunday's Vikings game NBC announcers referred to TCF Stadium as 1). Ice Station Zebra and 2). Jupiter. All for -4F. Really? Wussified weather wimps. Readers reminded me that there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing choices.
You may need one less layer later this week as temperatures rebound into the 20s. A coating of flurries is possible Wednesday and Thursday, but any big storms pinwheel south of Minnesota. Too cold to snow (much).
The rumors are true: expect another punch to the polar region in 4 days. The mercury may not climb much above 0F from late Friday night into Tuesday morning. Not record-setting, just annoyingly cold with a chill factor as low as -30F Sunday into Monday, possibly the coldest day of the winter.
The last week of January brings moderating temperatures and a better chance of real snow.
Wind Chill Advisory. The entire state of Minnesota and much of Wisconsin is under a Wind Chill Advisory, which means a heightened risk of frostbite and hypothermia, a gradual drop in body temperature that can be fatal if not caught in time. Take the cold seriously. Here's more information from NOAA:
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON CST TUESDAY... * EXPECT WIND CHILLS TO RANGE FROM 25 TO 34 BELOW ZERO BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 11 AM TUESDAY...WITH THE COLDEST WIND CHILLS OCCURRING AROUND 6 AM TUESDAY. * THE COLD WIND CHILLS WILL CAUSE FROSTBITE IN AS LITTLE AS 30 MINUTES TO EXPOSED SKIN. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT COLD AIR AND THE WIND WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA CAN OCCUR IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
Real-Time Road Conditions. Here is what our internal maps looked like yesterday around 5:30 PM, all those blue lines interstates and major county roads where our models detected snow-covered and slippery conditions. Source: Aeris Enterprise.
Circle Your Calendars. Does anyone have calendars anymore? Odds are it's on your phone, but no problem. GFS guidance hints at 30F by the end of next week, a better chance of a thaw around January 26. I predict it will be a welcome "warm front".
Image credit: earth.nullschool.net.
Map and data courtesy of Weather Underground and climate researcher Maximiliano Herrera.
69 Facts about the late, great David Bowie, courtesy of BBC.
Image credit above: "This illustration shows theropods engaged in scrape ceremony display activity, based on trace fossil evidence from Colorado." Photograph: Lida Xing/AP.
TODAY: Numb with more clouds than sun and a cold wind. Feels like -25F. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 2
TUESDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, still chilly. Low: -6
WEDNESDAY: More clouds, few flurries. Winds: SW 5-10. High: 14
THURSDAY: Milder, a nuisance snow event possible. Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 12. High: 28
FRIDAY: Overcast & windy, turning colder. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 14. High: 17
SATURDAY: Mosquito-free! Glimmers of sun, arctic. Winds: NW 10-20. Feels like -25F. Wake-up: -8. High: -2
SUNDAY: Burst of flurries, feels like -30F. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: -8. High: 2
MONDAY: Last day of Siberian fun? Polar. Chill factor: -20 to -30F. Wake-up: -13. High: -2
Global Warming Threatens the Backyard Rink. If nothing else the outdoor skating season will be shortened - in fact it already is. Here's an excerpt from CBC News: "A Canadian tradition, the backyard rink, may be in trouble in the coming years in much of the country, including P.E.I. That's the conclusion of a group of geographers at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, which has been studying ice conditions in rinks since 2012. They're the founders of Rink Watch, a website that allows people to pin their rinks on a map, and then update ice conditions all winter. They've just crunched the first two years of data, along with global climate models, and they say the number of skating days will drop by 20 to 30 per cent in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary by the end of the century..."
Photo credit above: "Volunteers send in ice conditions from backyard rinks across the country to Rink Watch." (Submitted by Donna Cassell).
- Microwaves do not measure the temperature of the surface, where we live. They measure the warm glow from different layers of the atmosphere.
- The claim that microwave temperature estimates are more accurate is backed by many arguments but no data..."
Pope Inspires Clergy to Join Environmental Movement. Stewardship, Creation Care, taking responsibility for our actions and dealing with the symptoms of "free will" are all relevant to people of faith; here's an excerpt from The Buffalo News: "Look at any environmental gathering in the Buffalo Niagara region, and you’ll see the usuals: the bird-watchers, hikers, pollution fighters, neighborhood activists and even the granola-eating tree-huggers. But now others show up in greater numbers, too. You can thank God for that. Or Yahweh. Even Allah or the Great Spirit. Environmentalists are making room for priests, nuns, rabbis, imams and others of faith who care about the environment and want to play a role in protecting our water, air and land..."
Heartland Institute Distorts Truth About How Climate is Changing. Here's a snippet of an Op-Ed at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "...The truth is, just as Haynes said, climate change is real, and humans are responsible. This poses many real risks to our interconnected world. As the National Academies of Science of the United States and 12 other countries put it, "The need for urgent action to address climate change is now indisputable." Many "skeptics" of climate change are driven at root by skepticism of government. Fortunately, there are outlets for conservatives who respect science and take risks seriously. This September, 12 House Republicans sponsored a resolution urging conservative environmental stewardship. Nonprofits working to support these efforts include RepublicEn, Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship, the libertarian Niskanen Center and Citizens' Climate Lobby. Avoiding serious climate change will require some big changes. We need ideas from across the political spectrum on how to make those changes fairly and efficiently..."
Image credit above: "Engineers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California study whether a wing outfitted with 18 electric fans can reduce aircraft emissions." By NASA on Publish Date January 11, 2016. Photo by Emily Berl for The New York Times.
"Consumption patterns of those living in cities which are most at risk for climate change significantly....A whopping USD 1.5 trillion of wealth of the middle class has been lost to climate change across the globe between 198 ..
Image credit: NOAA.