December 28, 1979: Balmy weather enables the city park crew in Duluth to rake leaves.
December 28, 1927: A cold snap results in sharp temperature drops across Minnesota. The temperature would fall from 41 to -15 at Farmington.
Wednesday Thaw - Reasons to Embrace Numbing Cold
When life gives you (ice-cold) lemons - make Arctic Lemonade! Our coldest days tend to be sunny in Minnesota. Our constellation of lakes are too small to spark persistent lake-effect clouds. There is research suggesting cold weather improves mental acuity; decision-making gets better during the winter!
The crime rate drops and your garbage doesn't stink. All compelling reasons to celebrate the Nanook.
You buying any of this? Hey, you can't blame a guy for trying to put a positive spin on an atmospheric near-death experience. January is Minnesota's coldest, snowiest month, and studying the maps that isn't hard to believe. No blizzards are brewing but a parade of memorable cold fronts sail into town the first half of January.
Mid-30s will feel good today before a gusty northwest wind tugs the mercury back down to average. No fresh snow for New Year's Eve festivities; snow Sunday night into Monday may drop a plowable accumulation. Single digit highs and subzero lows are likely next week; another Siberian slap the second week of January.
Looks like we got our Winter Mojo back!
Map credit: "This is the NOAA GFS Ensemble. It’s an average of many model runs, and the ECMWF Model run in the UK is also showing much the same. This adds confidence to the forecast. Note the rising pressures over Greenland as well. This would correspond to a slight negative in the NAO."
84-Hour Future Radar. NOAA's 12 KM NAM guidance shows a fairly quiet 3+ days shaping up across the USA; a strong cold frontal passage ending the mild honeymoon for eastern states, while a weak Alberta Clipper brushes far northern states by New Year's eve - and heavy rain/snow pushes into western Washington State. Source: Tropicaltidbits.com.
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Doppler radar loop: Hurricane Matthew on October 6, 2016.
THURSDAY: Cloudy and gusty, few flurries in the air. Winds: NW 15-25. High: near 30
FRIDAY: Some AM sun, then clouds increase. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 17. High: 29
NEW YEAR'S EVE: Gradual clearing, good travel weather. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 19. High: 27
NEW YEAR'S DAY: Fading sun, light snow at night. Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 16. High: 31
MONDAY: Snowfall amounts may be plowable. Winds: N 10-20+ Wake-up: 22. High: 29
TUESDAY: Peeks of sun, turning much colder - subzero chill factor. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 9. High: 12
Map credit: Climate Reanalyzer.
Photo credit: "Waves crash over a sea wall at Naval Base Ventura County." Courtesy of Naval Base Ventura County
File photo: Reuters.
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