The Winter Games
The Winter Olympics are over - all the pomp, drama, hype & melting Sochi slush now history. But we're all reluctant medalists in the Real Winter Olympics. Events have included full frontal aerobic shivering, synchronized shoveling, and the breathtaking & horrific spectacle of freeway-traffic ice-dancing.
Bronze goes to Detroit, enjoying the coldest winter since the Truman Administration. Silver goes to Minnesota; much of the state proud to be colder than any time in 35 years. It’s a photo-finish, but Grand Forks gets Gold; since December 1 a full 99% of the time has been colder than 32F.
I’d get off the podium but my knees are frozen in place.
At some point I hope we’ll have a solid scientific explanation for why the jet stream became locked in a polar flow for 3 months. I suspect rapid warming of the Arctic since 2010 somehow disrupted the polar jet, but I can’t prove it scientifically, not yet. Just a hunch.
The next jab of unreasonably cold air sparks an inch or two today; no controversial storms brewing anytime soon. 2 more subzero lows early next week, then a run of 20s. The models insist we'll be basking in 30s by mid-March.
I'm ready for the Winter Games to be over.
All-Time Records Next 7 Days (average high at MSP on February 27 is 33F, average low is 18F)