The latest snow depth reports show a fairly decent base across the region. The metro was reporting about 5 “, but if you head north there are double-digit reports. According to the MN DNR, snowmobile and cross-country ski trails are generally in good to very good condition in the half. northern Trails in the southern half of the state are reported in poor condition with little to now snow on the ground.
Here’s a look at how much snow we’ve seen so far this season. Note that the Twin Cities saw almost 25 “, which is almost +3.0” above average. Grand Forks, ND saw nearly 40 “of snow which is over 1 foot above average! Heading south into South Dakota many places are below average and over 1 foot below average at Pierre and Huron.
The outlook for snowfall in the middle of next week looks fairly calm with little to no snow expected anywhere in the state. In fact, weather conditions for much of next week appear to be fairly calm with the potential for minimal precipitation throughout the Upper Midwest.
Here is the weather forecast through Saturday morning, which shows calm weather for the next few days. At the weekend there could be potential for snow on Friday. Stay tuned…
Here’s the 850MB temperature anomaly over the coming week. Cold temperatures continue on Monday, but watch the milder oranges and reds move around for much of the rest of the week. Surface temperatures in the Twin Cities could reach low / mid 30s for much of the second half of the week.
The weather forecast for Minneapolis on Monday shows another very cold day with air temperatures struggling to reach numbers above 0F in the afternoon. Temperatures during the first half of the day will likely be in the subzero range with even cooler wind chill values.
Hourly temperatures for Minneapolis on Monday will display temperatures starting in the sub-zero range but will warm to above zero above zero in the afternoon. Breezy NW will continue, but it won’t be as windy as Sunday.
It looks like temperatures for Minneapolis on Monday will be very cold with wind chill values below zero throughout the day.
High temperatures in the region on Monday show readings are warming to single digits above and below zero, which will be near -15F to -20F below average for early January.
The extended temperature outlook for Minneapolis over the next few days shows temperatures will again be well below average on Monday. However, we will get closer to normal again on Tuesday and warm up to the low / mid 30s for the 2nd half of the week.
Extended weather forecasts for the coming week show very cold conditions will continue on Monday before a mild return of air in the second half of next week. In fact, several days over the next weekend could heat up to freezing point or better, which will be nearly + 50F warmer than Friday morning.
According to the extended temperature forecast from the ECMWF and GFS, temperatures will be fairly cold Sunday and Monday before several days of milder weather during the second half of the week and next weekend. The GFS shows another potential wave of colder air as mid-January and late January approaches … Stay tuned.
According to the NOAA Climate Prediction Center, the 8- to 14-day temperature forecast shows below-average temperatures in the eastern United States and particularly in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region.
According to the NOAA Climate Prediction Center, drier weather will be in place on the west coast by mid-January, while more active weather will be possible in the high plains and southeastern United States.
On that date in 1975, the “Blizzard of the Century” began in parts of the Midwest and lasted for 2 days. Over 1 foot of snow fell from Nebraska to Minnesota. 27 “has been reported from Riverton, MN and 24” from International Falls. Winds of 30 mph to 50 mph with gusts reaching 70 mph to 90 mph produced snowdrifts of 20 feet. Nearly 60 people have died and around 100,000 farm animals have been lost in what was one of the worst blizzards the Upper Midwest has ever seen.
The Twin Cities have had nearly 25 “of snow so far this season, the majority of which fell during the month of December (21.5”). Surprisingly, it was the snowiest December 9 on the metro ever. December 2021 also saw nearly 20 tornadoes in the southeastern state. Talk about the weather whiplash, dammit!
Icy winds continue today with sub-zero wind chill values finally subsiding at noon Tuesday as air temperatures return to near normal levels. The second half of the week is shaping up to be even hotter with readings flirting with the freeze mark. It will look like a heat wave!
MONDAY: Frosty sun, feeling -15 F to -25 F. Winds: NW 5-10. High: 3.
MONDAY EVENING: Usually clear and cold. Looks like -10F to -15F. Winds: SSE 5. Minimum: 0.
TUESDAY: Bright sun. Feels a lot hotter. Winds: OSO 10-15. High: 30.
WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy. Risk of thawing. Winds: WNW 5-10. Awakening: 20. High: 34.
THURSDAY: Sweet. No more clouds. Light snow late. Winds: SE 5-10. Awakening: 21. High: 34.
FRIDAY: Rather cloudy and windy. Light snow. Winds: NSN 10-20. Awakening: 22. High: 28.
SATURDAY: Mixture of clouds and sun. Few gusts. Winds: WNW 5-10. Alarm clock: 13. High: 20.
SUNDAY: Costs. Temperatures close to average. Winds: SW 10-15. Alarm clock: 5. High: 26.
1990: A January “heat wave” is forming. MSP airport warms to 49 degrees.
1975: The ‘Blizzard of the Century’ begins. Also called the “Super Bowl Blizzard”, it was one of the worst blizzards of all time. Pressure hit a low of 28.62. It was the record until 1998.
High average: 23 F (Record: 52 F established in 2012)
Low average: 7F (Record: -30F established in 1886)
Precipitation record: 1.13 “established in 1975
Record snowfall: 4.0 in in 1975 and 1976
Sunrise: 7:49 a.m.
Sunset: 4:51 p.m.
Daylight hours: ~ 9 hours and 2 minutes
Daylight EARNED since yesterday: ~ 1 minute and 29 seconds
DAYLIGHT EARNED since the winter solstice (December 21): ~ 16 minutes
1.5 days since the first quarter moon
Monday’s weather forecast shows very cold conditions in the Midwest, Great Lakes and eastern United States, where temperatures will be well below average. Meanwhile, temperatures along the Front Range will be above average by nearly + 5F above average.
The weather forecast at the start of the week shows a line of showers and storms ending in the eastern United States with lake-like flurries lingering around the Great Lakes region. Areas of mountain rain and snow will also be possible in the Pacific Northwest.
According to the NOAA Weather Prediction Center, areas of heavy precipitation will be possible on the Gulf Coast and in the eastern United States. There will also be heavy rainfall in the Pacific Northwest.
Here is the potential for prolonged snowfall as mid-January approaches. Areas of heavy snowfall will be possible in parts of the Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic states. Stay tuned…
“Average atmospheric concentrations of methane reached 1900 parts per billion last September, the highest level in nearly four decades of record breaking. Rising levels of the potent greenhouse gas methane reaching a new milestone should serve as a “moment of fire alarm”, according to the researchers. The data compiled by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), average atmospheric concentrations of methane hit a record 1900 parts per billion (ppb) in September 2021, the highest in nearly four decades of record breaking. The figure stood at 1638 ppb in 1983. “It’s scary,” says Euan Nisbet at Royal Holloway, University of London. He says the record shows the importance of more than 100 countries acting on their commitment to reduce methane during the COP26 climate summit. The new high is not surprising because methane levels have increased since 2007, which is believed to be primarily due to changes in wetlands and agriculture in the tropics and – to a lesser extent – by oil and gas production leaks. “The September data continues the exceptional trends we have seen over the past few years,” says Keith shine at the University of Reading, UK. However, the rate at which concentrations are increasing worries researchers, with 2020 marking the biggest annual jump since the records began in 1983. “
” The NASA The Hubble Space Telescope has reached a major milestone: a billion seconds in the last frontier. The famous observatory launched on April 24, 1990, aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Hubble was deployed into orbit the next day, beginning its mission to explore the vast universe, including distant galaxies, supernovas, nebulae and exoplanets. On January 1, 2022, the space telescope officially reached one billion seconds in space, or about 31.7 years. “For more than three decades, Hubble has provided us with groundbreaking scientific discoveries and iconic images from space, ”NASA officials said said in a press release announcing the milestone of the space telescope. The Hubble Space Telescope is a joint mission of NASA and the European Space Agency. Between 1993 and 2009, astronauts visited Hubble five times during maintenance missions launched by the Space Shuttle program. These missions repaired, improved, and replaced systems on the telescope, such as batteries, gyroscopes, and other scientific instruments. Located well above Earth’s atmosphere, the telescope has made more than 1.5 million observations in its 30 years of operation. In turn, thousands of scientific articles were published based on the telescope’s findings, according to the NASA statement. “
“New research details the devastating impact of an extreme weather event on a colony of Magellanic penguins living along Argentina’s east coast. More than 354 Magellanic penguins died on Jan. 19, 2019, according to to research published in Ornithological applications. The tragic event occurred in Punta Tomba, in eastern Argentina, which is home to one of the largest Magellanic penguin breeding colonies in the world. The biologists behind the new article, Katie Holt and P. Dee Boersma of the University of Washington, say that, for this species, this was an “unprecedented death event linked to the heat of one day”. That day in Punta Tomba, the temperature in the shade reached 111 degrees Fahrenheit (44 degrees Celsius), marking the highest temperature in the region since record keeping began 40 years ago. The previous single-day record was 109 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius), but no penguin deaths have been recorded for this particular event. “