"I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savor a bad mood" mused author Bill Watterson. Amen. And here in the Land of Low Weather Expectations 32 degrees (in January) is cause for noisy celebration. "Slush!" "Dripping icicles!" "I can feel my extremities!" We cool off into the low 20s today and Sunday - the real thaw kicks in starting Monday of next week.
The January Thaw is still something of a meteorological mystery. For some reason temperatures often spike 2-3 weeks after the Winter Solstice, especially east of the Mississippi. Temperatures thaw for a few days, before the coldest air of winter rushes south a week or two later. According to Dr. Mark Seeley these wondrous, if fleeting, thaws are more likely over southern Minnesota than up north.
Expect low 20s at game time in Green Bay - risk of a Purple Upset. We cool off this weekend before a 3-5 day spell at or above freezing next week. A southern storm pushes a cold rain into town next Thursday; a second disturbance may squeeze out some light snow on Friday.
I still expect 2-3 nights below zero from January 15-18. Nothing we can't handle.
Check out the blog for more on the January Thaw, Minnesota's deepening drought & a 2012 weather recap.
Looking forward to tracking Adrian Peterson on Doppler.
* photo above courtesy of Tim Wright, who snapped this photo near Sauk Rapids.
Twin Cities (1873-2012) Rank Year Average ----------------- 1. 1931 50.8 2012 50.8 3. 1987 49.7 4. 2006 49.3 5. 1998 48.8
Photo credit above: "A aerial view of the damage in Mantoloking, N.J., caused by Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 31, 2012. President Barack Obama toured New Jersey's ravaged coastline with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a display of big-government muscle and bipartisan harmony." (Doug Mills/The New York Times)
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