"A plume of seasonably rich low-level moisture (dewpoints in the mid 50s) over IA/MO will advect northward into MN during the day. Showers and isolated thunderstorms will likely develop during the morning to midday hours within a warm air advection regime. The antecedent clouds will delay stronger surface heating ahead of the front. Only very weak buoyancy is expected, and forecast soundings show a few hundred J/kg MUCAPE. Although a strong storm cannot be ruled out, organized severe weather is not anticipated."
January: +5.3F above average
February (thru the 17th): +7.7F above average
Twin Cities: 6 days (1930 and 1981)
St. Cloud: 5 days (1981)
Eau Claire: 7 days (1930)
How often does the temperature reach 60 degrees or warmer in February?
There have only been 4 days on record (back to 1873) when the temperature has reached 60 degrees or warmer in February (64 on 2/26/1896, 63 on 2/15/1921, 60 on 2/16/1981, 61 on 2/29/2000).
The earliest 60 degree reading on record is February 15th (1921).
There have been no days on record with a temperature of 60 degrees or warmer in February since temperature records began in St. Cloud in 1893.
The earliest 60 degree reading on record is March 3rd (1905).
There have only been 5 days on record (back to 1893) when the temperature has reached 60 degrees or warmer in February (60 on 2/19/1930, 60 on 2/21/1930, 61 on 2/24/1931, 63 on 2/29/2000, 61 on 2/27/2016).
The earliest 60 degree reading on record is February 19th (1930).
What is the record for the number of days in a row with temperatures above freezing in February?
The normal high temperature is 30 degrees and the normal low temperature is 14 degrees on February 17th in the Twin Cities.
Location Record for number of consecutive days with temperatures above 32 degrees in February
Minneapolis/St.Paul 6 days (February 15-20, 1998)
St. Cloud 5 days (February 15-19, 1998)
Eau Claire 4 days (February 15-18, 1981)
As temperatures warm later this week, record warmth could follow. The images below show where record warmth is forecast (circles) for , Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Note that on Monday, record warmth could stretch as far north as International Falls, MN and could continue in Minneapolis through Wednesday!
By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas.
Average: Low: 15F (Record: -20F set in 1889)
*Daylight Gained Since Winter Solstice (December 21st): ~1 hour & 57 minutes
1.5 Days After Last Quarter
Saturday's Sun Pillar Sunset
Improving California Drought
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the California drought continues to improve. Note that over the last 3 months, we have seen major improvement in the Exceptional, Extreme and Severe drought. With the additional moisture expected this week, we should continue to see even more improvement!
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