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Cold week with some records broken

Cold week with some records broken This week's weather pattern brought the coldest temperatures in years to many parts of Minnesota, and coldest in the 48 contiguous states on some dates. There were many reports of lows ranging from -30 degrees F to -40 degrees F across the northern counties, with windchills ranging from -35 to -50 degrees F at times. The coldest temperature was -42 degrees F at Embarrass on January 24th (Thu) and the coldest windchill was -54 degrees F at Grand Marais Airport on January 21st (Monday).

Some new station record lows were set on selected dates, including:
January 22 (Tuesday): Record low of -34 degrees F at Brimson, Gunflint Lake, Isabella; Record low of -38 degrees F tied at Babbitt (with 1922)
In addition the high temperature of -18 degrees F at Gunflint Lake on Tuesday was the 2nd coldest for the date of all-time, and 3rd coldest high temperature ever measured at that station.
January 24 (Thursday): Record low of -35 degrees F at Gunf…

Absence of Below Zero F High Temperatures

Absence of Below Zero F High Temperatures For Twin Cities residents we may be seeing a remarkable record weather streak come to an end by Martin Luther King Day (Monday, Jan 21st). The Twin Cities have not reported a daytime high temperature below 0 F since January 15, 2009 (high of -6 F). By Monday, this streak will be 1466 days long, the longest such streak in the Twin Cities climate record back to 1873. In addition the National Weather Service reports a remarkable absence of below 0 F minimum temperatures for the Twin Cities in recent winters as well, with only 3 such days last winter, and 1 so far this winter. This trend, but to a lesser extent is obvious in the recent data for International Falls as well. There the average number of days when the high temperature remains below 0 F is about 10 per winter. Over the past three winters it has just been 3 days. In addition, overnight minimum temperatures at International Falls fall below 0 F slightly 60-61 days pe…

2012 Warmest year on record

2012 Warmest year on record The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced this week that 2012 was the warmest year on record (back to 1895) for the contiguous 48 states. Not only that, but it broke the previous record warmest year (1998) by a full degree F. You can read more here.

In addition according to the state by state reports Minnesota recorded the 3rd warmest year in history, Wisconsin and Iowa 2nd warmest, and Nebraska and South Dakota warmest ever. According to NOAA 443 climate states in the 48 contiguous states saw their warmest year in history during 2012. With respect to moisture Minnesota was no where near record-setting even though much of the state was in drought to end the year. To the west Nebraska and Wyoming reported their driest year in history, while Iowa reported its 11th driest year. In contrast the state of Washington reported its 5th wettest year in history.

Record warm January 10th for northern communities A relatively…

Comments on 2012 Climate Summaries

Comments on 2012 Climate Summaries As many people already know, 2012 was one of the warmest years in history for Minnesota and much of the USA. It tied 1931 for warmest year in the Twin Cities record, and it was clearly the warmest year in history for Rochester. Also, Winnipeg, Canada reported its 5th warmest year since 1873. The signal of warmth was evident in the monthly climate statistics through October as the first 10 months of 2012 were the warmest ever statewide in Minnesota.

You can read more about the temperature rankings for 2012 at our web site.

About 80 percent of all climate observers in the state reported below normal precipitation for 2012. The dominant pattern in the state was one of drought. For many areas 70 percent of the total precipitation for the year fell in the first 6 months, as drought gripped much of the state by late summer and carried on into fall and winter. In the late fall and early winter there were some reports of shallow wells going d…