Chilly. Cold. Bitter. Polar. "It only hurts when I breathe" a friend snorted. "This is why bears hibernate" another shrugged. Look at the bright side: when it's this Nanook the crime rate plummets. And your garbage doesn't stink.
What baffles me every January: how did our great, great, GREAT grandparents survive a Minnesota winter - before central heating, cable and heated car seats? We were settled by a supernaturally-hardy species of supermen and superwomen.
No need to take that Yukon vacation; a taste of the Great White North is coming to you. Subzero temperatures are likely from tonight into midday Tuesday; 36-48 hours of negative numbers. Monday wind chills dip to -35 in the metro, -45 up north.
It would be even colder if not for brown ground and a lack of snow, which acts as an insulator. If you've had problems with frozen pipes in years past you'll want to pay attention.
Inspect your kids before sending them off to the bus stop Monday. The "no exposed skin" rule is in full effect. In my case it's in effect pretty much yearround.
Welcome to the coldest week of winter; a coating of snow Thursday - a thaw returns a week from tomorrow.
Historically, January is the coldest, snowiest month of the year. OK, we're batting .500.
Windchill Watch. Underscoring how dangerous the current and predicted chill factors will be, here's the latest from the Twin Cities National Weather Service:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 811 PM CST SAT JAN 19 2013 ...LOW WIND CHILLS TONIGHT...BUT DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS POSSIBLE SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY... .THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS AND TEMPERATURES DROPPING INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS BELOW ZERO WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS WIND CHILLS AROUND 25 BELOW OVER PORTIONS OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN LATE TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING. ANOTHER ARCTIC FRONT WILL SURGE SOUTHEAST SUNDAY WITH EVEN COLDER AIR ARRIVING SUNDAY EVENING. LOW TEMPERATURES SUNDAY NIGHT WILL RANGE FROM 10 TO 15 BELOW NEAR THE IOWA BORDER...TO 20 TO 25 BELOW ACROSS CENTRAL MINNESOTA. THESE BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES COMBINED WITH A NORTHWEST WIND OF 10 TO 15 MPH WILL CREATE WIND CHILLS OF 35 TO 45 BELOW ZERO THROUGH MONDAY MORNING...WITH THE COLDEST READINGS OVER CENTRAL MINNESOTA. ONLY A SLIGHT MODERATION OF TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED DURING THE DAY MONDAY WITH HIGHS EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM 1 BELOW TO 11 BELOW. ANOTHER BITTERLY COLD NIGHT IS ANTICIPATED MONDAY NIGHT WITH LOWS OF 12 TO 25 BELOW BUT LIGHTER WINDS LEAVE ENOUGH UNCERTAINTY OF SUB 35 BELOW WIND CHILLS FOR A WIND CHILL WATCH AT THIS TIME. ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM CST SUNDAY... ...WIND CHILL WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON. * WIND CHILL VALUES...AROUND 25 BELOW TONIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING...AND AROUND 45 BELOW SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES. A WIND CHILL WATCH MEANS THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS TO CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AND WARNINGS FOR UPDATES ON THIS SITUATION.
File photo above: AP. The local NWS office has more on our streak of days with daytime highs above zero here.
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)
Photo credit above: "A flooded urban street". (Credit: Don Becker, USGS)
- Demand for water and energy increasing because of rising temperatures;
- Warmer winters and changes in timing and magnitude of rainfall events are altering crop growth cycles, and new agriculture and livestock management approaches will be necessary;
- Species are finding more difficulty in adapting because of landscape fragmentation, including from energy development;
- Communities already stressed by weather and climate extremes will face more frequent extreme events;
- The changes will exceed what was experienced in the past century..."
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.