Going Over The Temperature Cliff
Two words come to mind. Character-building. Minnesotans get a rare chance to strut our cold-weather-stuff. This will probably the coldest air of winter - but a pale imitation of the Arctic fronts that were the stuff of legend 30-40 years ago. Probably not record-setting, but cold enough for most.
Air temperatures hover below zero from Sunday evening thru midday Tuesday; roughly 36 hours of a mild, burning sensation when you sneak out of the house. Take a deep breath Monday and you'll feel ice crystals up your nose; an odd sensation. Lows dip to -10 F. in the metro, a Monday wind chill as low as -20 F.
Monday should be the first subzero high in 4 years (1,466 days to be exact). According to Mark Seeley that's the longest stretch of above-zero daytime highs since records were started in 1873.
Sneak out this morning; a thaw into midday. 40 mph. winds kick in this afternoon; by tonight there will be no doubt there's nothing between you and the North Pole but a barbed wire fence.
A coating of fluff is possible Sunday, maybe a couple inches Thursday (more up north).
Another shot of brittle air arrives next weekend, although not quite as cold.
We should thaw out by late January!
File photo above: AP. The local NWS office has more on our streak of days with daytime highs above zero here.
Beech Mountain, NC 11.2 inches
Sparta, NC 9.5 inches
Boone, NC 7.5 inches
Greensboro, NC 3.0 inches
Raleigh, NC 2.0 inches
Pearisburg, VA 9.0 inches
Blacksburg, VA 7.5 inches
Rocky Mount, VA 5.5 inches
Covington, VA 3.0 inches
Newport News, VA 2.5 inches
Ronceverte, WV 8.2 inches
Washburn, TN 5.6 inches
Greenville, TN 3.6 inches
Bishopville, MD 1.5 inches
Selbyville, DE 1.0 inch
* Thanks to Julie Gaddy at Earth Networks for sharing these snowfall amounts. Image of Lynchburg, Virginia above courtesy of Javan Shashaty and Twitter.
* series of significant snow and wind storms on tap for Europe; 2-5" snow expected London and Paris, French Riviera may pick up a foot of snow by Tuesday - winds up to 60 mph for Portugal and Spain tonight and early Saturday.
* coldest air of winter pushes into northern tier states from Saturday PM into the middle of next week; subzero highs - wind chills dip to -25F.
* extreme heat continues across Australia and central Africa, more 100-degree highs likely.
What You Should Know:
Graphic credit above: "Highest daily maximum temperature during the first two weeks of January." Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
Photo credit above: "Barges work on dredging the Mississippi River near Thebes, Ill., Jan. 8, 2013. Despite withering drought that has caused record-breaking low water levels that threaten to shut down traffic on the Mississippi River, it remains open for business thanks to an engineering feat that lowered the bottom of the channel by two feet." (Tyler Bissmeyer/The New York Times)
Watch 62 Years Of Global Warming In 13 Seconds. Climate Central has the remarkable YouTube video clip, courtesy of NASA.
Photo credit above: "In incredibly detailed notebooks, Thoreau documented the flowering times of species such as the wild columbine." TBoard | Flickr.com.