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Roller coaster temperatures with a big snow storm

Roller coaster temperatures with a big snow storm: The temperature roller coaster pattern continued this week, with many climate stations reporting daily temperatures that ranged from 7 to 13 degrees F warmer than normal (some daytime highs were above the freezing mark), then plummeting to temperatures that were 10 to 20 degrees F colder than normal by Thursday, January 16th. In fact, the reading of -35°F at Fosston (Polk County) on January 16th was the nations lowest temperature reading, the 4th time this month that Minnesota has reported the nation’s lowest temperature. Several places reported minimum temperatures of -20°F or colder on that date, including -26°F at Park Rapids and Staples.

In addition, another episode of dangerous Wind Chill conditions occurred on Thursday the 16th, with many places reporting values of -40°F or colder, including a reading of -45°F at Waskish (Beltrami County). Other dangerous Wind Chill conditions had occurred in places on the 8th and the 11th …

Highly fluctuating temperatures

Highly fluctuating temperatures: On a statewide basis the first week of 2020 was over 14°F above normal, a mild start to the year. It was 48°F at Preston (Fillmore County) for New Year’s Day. A good deal of cloud cover, as well as higher than normal wind speeds help keep the temperatures above normal throughout this interval. No long term daily maximum or minimum temperature records were set during this warm period, although at Wheaton (Traverse County) on January 3rd they tied the record for the warmest minimum temperature with a reading of 33°F.

Following a cold front passage on January 7th, temperatures plummeted to subzero values around most of the state. In fact it fell into the -30s F at Isabella, Cotton, Kabetogama, and Baudette. A reading of -30°F on the morning of January 8th was a record low at Kabetogama. Warroad only saw of a high temperature of 3°F on the 8th as well. The -34°F reading at Isabella (Lake County) was the nation’s lowest temperature on the 8th and the…

December Climate Summary

December Climate Summary:
After fluctuating above and below normal for much of the December, temperatures remained well above normal during the last ten days of the month. As a result, most climate stations reported a mean monthly temperature that was from 1 to 4°F above normal, making December only the 3rd month in 2019 with above mean temperature values. Extremes for the month ranged from 51°F at Bemidji (Beltrami County) on the 22nd to -42°F at Isabella (Lake County) on the 18th.

Within the Minnesota climate network there were 26 daily maximum temperature records set or tied; 48 daily high minimum temperature records set or tied; 4 daily low maximum temperature records set or tied; and 15 new daily record low minimum temperature records set or tied. The warmest days statewide were the 8th and the 29th, while the coldest days were the 10th and 11th.

Thanks to the prolonged storminess over the December 28-30 the month ended up much wetter than normal. In fact, for only the second…