25 F. high temperature yesterday.
22 F. average high on January 28.
37 F. maximum temperature in St. Cloud on January 28, 2016.
January 29, 1977: Due to the extreme cold, the St. Paul Winter Carnival is held indoors for the first time.
The Weather Is No Laughing Matter - Or Is It?
"Laughter is an instant vacation" said Milton Berle. I just read that the average child laughs an average of 300 times a day. Adults? Closer to 5 times a day. Then again life was simpler when you were 6. Of course there are times you don't want to hear laughter: during surgery, on your honeymoon night - or sitting in front of your accountant.
Weather is the only thing we can predict into the future with any accuracy or predictability. A reliable forecast means you can prepare and optimize your schedule to take advantage of favorable conditions.
Fun fact: a third of the world's economy is impacted by the weather. That's $25 trillion of global economic output at the mercy of the elements.
I stand by my reckless prediction that the worst of winter, a winter that hasn't been all THAT bad, is behind us now.
A clipper drops 2-4 inches of snow on Bemidji and Duluth tomorrow, then temperatures drop a few degrees below average by late week, but the sun will be out again. A cool-ish start to February, but no subzero serenades are on the horizon.
Worth a laugh? No - but a smile or chuckle? Heck yes.
January 2017: Another Warmer than Average Month for Minnesota. Here's an excerpt of Mark Seeley's Minnesota WeatherTalk: "...As we end the month of January early next week most of Minnesota's climate observers are reporting mean monthly temperature values that are from 5 to 7 degrees F warmer than normal. For the Twin Cities January marks the 17th consecutive month with above normal temperatures, while on a statewide basis it is the 9th consecutive month of above normal temperatures. Extreme temperature values for the month ranged from -46°F at Cotton (St Louis County) on the 14th to a high of 48°F at several locations over the 18th and 19th. In terms of record-setting daily temperatures, 31 daily record maximum temperature records were tied or set over the warm period from the 17th to the 21st, while over the same period 90 daily warm minimum temperature records were tied or set..."
Clipped Again. An Alberta Clipper arriving from...wait for it...Alberta, Canada will push a carpet of snow across northern Minnesota into Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and New England by midweek with some plowable amounts. More heavy snow piles up over the northern Rockies from Boise to Bozeman. 84-hour NAM guidance: NOAA and Tropicaltidbits.com.
10-Day Weather Map. GFS guidance shows this week's clipper, and another major storm hitting California by Wednesday or Thursday, then tracking across the Plains with snow for the Ohio Valley next weekend - more strong T-storms may rake the southern USA. The Pacific Northwest gets hammered by heavy rain and high winds within 7-10 days.
Cold East - Warm West Pattern Brewing for Mid February. Although the Mother Lode of cold air remains over central and eastern Canada, New England may be brushed by a few subzero airmasses in the coming weeks. GFS guidance tries to build up a warmer, drier ridge for the western USA, which would be a relief for most people living from the Rockies to the west coast.
Albany Tornado Packed 150 MPH Winds, Traveled 71 Miles.Typical for Oklahoma, but south Georgia in January? I'm hearing rumblings that last weekend's tornado tally may be as high as 70. Here's an excerpt from Albany Herald: "Baker, Dougherty, Worth, Turner and Wilcox counties were slammed Jan. 22 by an EF3 tornado that packed 150 mph winds and traveled nearly 71 miles in a northeast direction, starting several miles north of Newton and ending up near Abbeville in Wilcox County, leaving a swath that was, in places, a mile and a quarter wide. Five deaths in Dougherty County have been attributed to the massive cyclone, along with at least 40 injuries. Damages to homes and businesses are in the millions of dollars, and thousands are still without electricity a week later. The preliminary results of the surveys by the National Weather Service — the numbers may be adjusted as more information comes in..."
The Science Behind GOES-16's Color Composite Imagery. NOAA NESDIS explains why GOES-16 creates a superior "true color" image: "...The composite color images from GOES-16, however, are created by combining data from the satellite's 16-band Advanced Baseline Imager to produce a range of colors within visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum (think the colors of the rainbow, ROYGBIV). The end product is an image much closer to what a human eye would see from space. Yet, as mesmerizing as GOES-16's color images are, the fact is that meteorologists don't always want to view the Earth and its atmosphere this way. This explains why GOES-16 carries an imager with 16 spectral bands as opposed to a camera..."
Photo credit: " " Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times.
Map credit: "Earthquake probabilities for the Bay Area. The USGS estimates that there is a 72% chance that a M=6.7+ will strike the region by 2043. Such a quake poses significant threats to the San Francisco Seawall." (Figure from 2016 USGS Fact Sheet on the “Earthquake Outlook for the San Francisco Bay Region 2014–2043”)
3 Republican Governors Embrace Clean Energy's Economic Promise. Here's an excerpt from EDF, Environmental Defense Fund: "Last week, the U.S. inaugurated a new president who has vowed to abandon the landmark Paris climate agreement and roll back bedrock American environmental protections.But turn to the states and you’ll find a different story, even in the red states that elected President Trump. In fact, Republican governors in the Midwest are prioritizing economic growth and job creation by accelerating investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. In the few weeks after the election, leaders in Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan have adopted new policies that help tackle climate change and grow the clean energy economy..."
Tentative Infrastructure Priority List is here.
Illustration credit: Jonathan Bartlett.
Photo credit: "Boeing's new spacesuit will be worn on missions to the International Space Station beginning in 2018." Boeing.
TODAY: Clouds, few flakes. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 28
SUNDAY NIGHT: Clouds linger. Low: 19
MONDAY: Milder with flurries, accumulating snow far north. Winds: SW 10-15. High: 38
TUESDAY: Coating of flurries? Colder wind kicks in. Winds: NW 15-25. Wake-up: 29. High: 33
WEDNESDAY: More clouds than sun, brisk. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 20. High: 26
THURSDAY: Chilly, but the sun should be out. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: 10. High: 21
FRIDAY: Brisk blue sky, light winds. Winds: N 3-8. Wake-up: 7. High: 19
SATURDAY: Light snow or flurries, coating? Winds: W 8-13. Wake-up: 8. High: 23
Photo credit: " Walter Michot.
Graphic credit: " Measurementsof sea-ice extent are collected daily. The gray curve in this time series indicates the average sea-ice extent for October through February from 1981 to 2010, with the two-standard-deviation uncertainty represented by the shaded area. The blue curve indicates measures for the current season through Jan. 10, while the dashed green curve representing 2011-2012 is shown for comparison." Credit: NSIDC.
Image credit: " Credit Seasteading Institute