Thanks to @Climatologist49 for this tweet, which showed that an RAWS (Remote Automatic Weather Station) recorded a -52F temperature Wednesday morning, which ties the coldest temperature recorded in Alaska all of last winter.
Despite recent cold weather in Alaska, the average statewide temperature from January through November was 6F above average and the warmest such period on record!
Take a look at the animation from Monday, December 5th to Thursday, December 15th below, which shows the development of the Arctic air plunging across the Lower 48 over the last few days. The animation also shows the continuation as another reinforcing shot even colder air surges south into next week.
Here's the national weather outlook through Monday, which shows heavy lake effect snow continuing across the Great Lakes Region through the end of the week. The next surge of Pacific moisture will continue to slide into the Western US with heavy rain along the coast and heavy snow in the high elevations. The next wave of energy will develop into a snow maker across the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes by the weekend. Note that there appears to be another surge of even heavier snow from across the Plains through the Ohio Valley/Great Lakes and into the Northeast by the early and middle part of next week.
Here's the 10 day snowfall potential, which shows heavier snow across the Great Lakes Region and the higher elevations in the Western U.S.. A steady stream of Pacific moisture may translate into heavier snow over the next several days across parts of the northern tier of the nation. Some of these events could produce shovelable/plowable amounts of snow across a wider area that could impact many across the country. Now that colder air is in place across the country, any moisture that moves through will have a better chance of falling in the form of snow.
My oh my, it sure is cold out there! It's not that we haven't seen weather like this before, it's just that it came so suddenly.
Remember that high temps topped out around 40 degrees on Monday and dropped 20 to 30 degrees by Tuesday after the Arctic front blew through. We haven't seen readings like this since February; 10 months ago. Unless you have a plane ticket south or are planning on locking yourself in a sauna, we're going to have to endure these colder temps for the foreseeable future. In fact, it looks even colder next week with highs in the single digits and lows dipping below zero. Last time it was that cold in December was back in 2014.
Enjoy calmer winds Friday with a few peeks of cold sunshine. Clouds increase Saturday in advance of our next snow event that looks to bring plowable snow to the southern half of the state. At this point, the heaviest looks to fall along the MN/IA border with lighter amounts in central Minnesota.
Minnesota remains drought free. Through Dec. 8th, MSP has been the 6th wettest year on record.
Extended Weather Outlook
1995: The passage of a strong low pressure system on the 8th leads to wind chill readings of 50 to 75 below as strong northwest winds of 25 to 40 mph ushered significantly colder air across the region. The dangerously cold wind chill readings persisted through the morning of the 9th.
1961: A snowstorm hits central Minnesota. Mora gets about a foot.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average Low: 14F (Record: -27F set in 1876)
*Daylight Lost Since Summer Solstice: ~6hours and 42mins
1.9 Days Since First Quarter
According to NOAA, if you lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico or Texas, you just lived through the WARMEST autumn (September - November) on record! As a whole, the contiguous U.S. also had its warmest autumn on record as the average temperature ran nearly 4F above average!
See more from NOAA's State of the Climate HERE:
According to NOAA, there were nearly 8,560 wildfires across the Lower 48 during the month of November, which becomes the 2nd highest number of wildfires during the November.
"Wildfires: In November, 8,560 wildfires raged across the Continental U.S. and burned more than 275,000 acres, most notably in the Southeast."
See more from NOAA HERE:
Here are some of the most noteworthy climate events that happened during November and Autumn of 2016. Note that much of these climate events included either warmer than average temperatures or drought/wildfire concerns.
-Drought: The area of extreme to exceptional drought in the Lower 48 increased from 4.9% to 8.7%; in -the Southeast it nearly doubled from 19.7% to 36.2%.
-Wildfires: In November, 8,560 wildfires raged across the Continental U.S. and burned more than 275,000 acres, most notably in the Southeast.
-North Dakota experienced temperatures 12.8 degrees F above average, nearly 2 degrees above the previous record set in 1999.
-Alaska experienced its warmest year to date on record, a full 6 degrees F above average.
Pacific Northwest experienced above-normal precipitation during autumn along the coast. Washington state was record wet.
See more from NOAA HERE:
See more from NASA HERE:
_________________________________________________________________"NASA Made a Really Dumb Mistake on an ISS Power Supply"
"The INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION is currently home to six intrepid astronauts, one Robonaut, and four 14,000-pound payload-holders called ExPRESS Logistics Carriers. Experiments from Earth like the laser-communicator OPALS fly up to Station and Lego-attach to these carriers, which provide them with a place to stay and, just as importantly, the electrical power and data links they need to do their jobs. But since 2013, scientists sending up payloads have had trouble with the on-orbit utility grid."
See more from WIRED HERE:
(Image Credit: NOAA)