"As the days lengthen, the cold doth strengthen."
Yes it doth. Byron Gilman asks "what is the coldest day of the year, on average?" Great question. Looking at the last 30 years the mean temperature at MSP bottoms out at 15 F. between January 8 and January 22. So you could make a case that the coldest days are January 15-16.
Of course it varies from year to year, but you may be happy to hear that temperatures rise 2 F. by the end of January. Hints of what's to come.
No blistering, hair-curling, paint-peeling cold is brewing, but models bring another surge of Canadian Delight south of the border the 3rd week of January; a few subzero nights around January 16-20. Coincidence? I suspect this may be the coldest outbreak of winter.
But first we thaw out a bit: 2 to 4 days at, or just above, freezing next week. It may be warm enough for a rain/snow mix next Thursday. Rain.. in mid-January. Strange. Then again, nothing much surprises me anymore.
This may come as a shock, but I don't see any significant snow looking out 2 weeks. 98 percent of Minnesota is now in moderate drought or worse. We need moisture.
Today's blog has my video clip recap of the top weather & climate stories of 2012. Based on my number crunching there's no doubt in my mind 2012 will be the warmest year ever recorded across the USA.
0 all-time record lows in 2012. Source: Capital Weather Gang and Weather Underground. Details below.
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Photo credit above: "Water levels are low along the entire Mississippi River, but the Army Corps of Engineers says the worst stretch is from St. Louis to Cairo, Ill., where the Ohio River flows in. Above, barge traffic on the Ohio River at Cairo." (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune / December 20, 2012)