21 F. average high on January 2.
28 F. high temperature on January 1, 2015.
January 2, 1941: Grand Portage gets over 4.5 inches of precipitation in 24 hours. That's roughly how much normally falls there during the 'winter' months from November to February.
A Cold Week but Not Even Close to Record-Setting
A cold week is shaping up. But let's get real and keep some fuzzy sense of perspective. Compared to past seizures of arctic air this will only be a minor migraine. Record lows this week range from -26F to -36F. Late week temperatures may dip to -10F at MSP. Not even close.
With a record low of -96F in 1974 (air temperature) Russia has the distinction of being the coldest nation on earth.
Hack that, Comrade Putin.
Canada, Mongolia, Finland and Iceland round out the top five coldest countries on Earth, according to Science Facts.
Back in the 70s lows routinely dipped into the -20s and -30s in Minnesota. Now a low of 0F is BREAKING NEWS. Winters have warmed - we've all gotten a little soft.
An inch of icy, slushy snow is possible today; most freeways wet during the day. A plowable 4-inch snowfall is possible Alexandria to Brainerd and Duluth, maybe 7-10 inches for far northern Minnesota.
Get ready for 5 nights below zero later this week; single-digit highs Wednesday through Saturday with a chill factor dipping to -25 at times.
Bitter by today's standards but our ancestors would probably laugh at this "arctic front".
File photo above: Reuters.
2016: Warm and Wet. Last year was the wettest on record for the Twin Cities; 15th wettest for St. Cloud. Snowfall amounts last winter were less than average. That may change this winter.
Snowfall Potential Next 10 Days. 1-2 feet of snow piles up over the higher elevations of the western USA; plowable snows for the Upper Mississippi Valley and northern Maine. Next weekend may be interesting; GFS guidance prints out a stripe of heavy snow from the Ohio Valley and Virginias to New York City and Boston. Is it real? Stay tuned for updates.
Cold Enough. The first surge of subzero air pushes across the northern third of America this week. Temperatures recover a little early next week before the next flush of negative numbers by the middle of next week. The good news: no hurricanes in sight. 2-meter GFS temperature forecast: Tropicaltidbits.com.
Map credit: "During El Nino events (top) the frequency of U.S. tornadoes typically drops. When a La Nina phase prevails (bottom) tornado frequency goes up (indicated by red areas). The effect is strongest in the boxed area." Nature Geoscience 2015, courtesy IRI.
2016 Weather In Review Around the USA...
Image credit: "Concord experienced a tornado in the summer." (WBZ-TV)
Photo credit: Rick Barbero, The Register-Herald. "A house was forced from its foundation and floated onto Anjean Street in Rupert had to be cut in half to open up the lane."
Freakish EF-2 Tornado for Coastal Oregon in 2016. Beachconnection.net reviews the strong tornado that shocked residents of Oregon in 2016: "...The highest profile event on the entire Oregon coast took place in Manzanita and Oceanside on October 14 when both places had a tornado lumber through. In Oceanside there was no damage, but Manzanita had over 100 homes and buildings torn apart, power lines ripped out and the town was actually cordoned off for a few days. Most dramatically, the town lost one third of its trees. It was later designated and EF2. Footage of the event even made national TV news. Almost as big a story was why this happened. Tornadoes along the coast are nearly unheard of. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), this one was the combination of a lot of different elements coming together, some of them quite unusual. The NWS called the storm itself “rare,” in that it was a low pressure system that coincided with a storm that was atypically strong for this time of year, making things so much more unstable..." (Photo credit: Amy Van Dyck).
America's Mood Map: An Interactive Guide to the United States of Attitude. TIME reports; here are a few enlightening excepts: "...According to the study, the winners (or losers, depending on how you view these things) were in some cases surprising and in some not at all. The top scorers on extroversion were the ebullient folks of Wisconsin (picture the fans at a Packers game — even a losing Packers game). The lowest score went to the temperamentally snowbound folks of Vermont. Utah is the most agreeable place in the country and Washington, D.C., is the least (gridlock, anyone?)...The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, was an exhaustive one, spanning 13 years and including nearly 1.6 million survey respondents from the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia..."
Photo credit: "Drew and Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s Property Brothers." Photographer: Zack Arias/Used Film Studios via ScrippsNetworks.
Image credit: The House of Googie, Tumblr.
TODAY: Winter Weather Advisory. Sloppy mix. Slushy, mainly wet freeways during the day. Winds: SE 8-13. High: 33
MONDAY NIGHT: Mix ends as a few hours of snow. 1-2" slush. Low: 20
TUESDAY: Gusty and colder. Falling temps. Winds: NW 15-25. High: 22 (falling into the teens)
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, feels like -25F. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 0. High: 4
THURSDAY: Coldest day. At least the sun is out. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: -7. High: 2
FRIDAY: Mix of clouds & sun. Still numb. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: -6. High: 4
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, still mosquito-free. Winds: NW 5-10. Wake-up: -9. High: 7
SUNDAY: Bright sunshine, light winds - still chilly. Winds: NW 3-8. Wake-up: -8. High: 11
Photo credit: "A view of Positano on Italy's Amalfi Coast. The region is famed for its scenery, but the steep terrain is also vulnerable to mudslides." Alfredo Sosa.
Image credit: Giphy.
Photo credit: "A deep gulley with rushing water feeds into a river on Petermann Glacier. The shelf has reached a record low size after losing pieces larger than Manhattan in recent years." (Whitney Shefte / The Washington Post)
Photo credit: "Stephen Hadley said climate change will be one of the top national security issues for the next administration." | RODNEY LAMKEY JR. for POLITICO.