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TODAY’S TOP WEATHER STORIES
On Weather & Climate Through the Eyes of Mark Vogan

MAJOR SNOWSTORM TAKES AIM AT MIDWEST, THEN RETURN TO BITTER ARCTIC AIR!

SUNRISE OVER LAKE MICHIGAN: Thanks to Maciej Bien for this amazing photo taken in north Lakeview.

Twin Cities Could See Up To 6 Inches Of Snow
WCCO MINNEAPOLIS

Blizzard Watch replaces Winter Storm Watch

WGN-TV CHICAGO

January’s recorded only 3 above-freezing days here; fewest in 34 years!
WGN-TV CHICAGO

PRAIRIES WARMTH BECOMES RAPIDLY ERASED!

Cold Takes Bite Out of the Prairies
THE WEATHER NETWORK

Courtesy of The Weather Network

TODAY’S WEATHER ACROSS EUROPE

BBC Europe Forecast By Peter Gibbs

TODAY’S WEATHER ACROSS AMERICA
From AccuWeather

Super Bowl Cold To Shock Fan
AccuWeather

Southern Plains Cooldown Sunday, Worst Yet to Come
By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist

WEATHER TALK
By Mark Vogan

It’s Been A Tough Winter, Even for The Typically Frigid Midwest!

Here is a video from the Minneapolis Blizzard of December 2010

CHICAGO, ILL RUNNING 1.4 BELOW NORMAL, HAS SEEN ONLY 4 DAYS ABOVE 32, WARMEST NIGHT WAS 26, COLDEST NIGHT -4
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN RUNNING 1.2 BELOW NORMAL, HASN’T SEEN A SINGLE HIGH ABOVE 32, WARMEST NIGHT 23, COLDEST NIGHT -16.
INT. FALLS, MINN RUNNING 3.4 BELOW NORMAL, WARMEST HIGH 24, WARMEST NIGHT 16, COLDEST NIGHT -46 (COLDEST SINCE 1964)
Whilst the Windy City has seen it’s least amount of above-freezing days in January, 2011, Minneapolis has endured no day this month above 32 degrees. It did reach 32 during the overnight hours of early Saturday morning but didn’t get above!
COLD FEELS WORSE IN MIDWEST, THAN IN ALASKA?
The Midwest has been considered worse for cold in winter than Alaska! How does that work when Alaska gets down to 50 or 60 below every winter whilst the lowest in the Midwest is probably between 35 and 45 below zero? Well, a good part of the time when Alask’s deep interior communities register highs sometimes in the 40s below zero and nighttime lows that can drop well below -50, even -60 and every so often -70, like we saw back in February 2006 when Chicken, AK saw two consecutive nights plummet to 72 degrees below zero, there is little if any wind blowing and that is key! In fact, in order to register these kinds of brutal numbers, there needs to be little wind and this coupled with landmass-wide snow and ice coverage, no sunlight to warm daytime air and plenty of clear skies and powerful Arctic high pressure overhead, these kind’s of interior temperature can be achieved quiet easily.

As for the Northern Plains and Midwest, this very air mass, also every winter, will be displaced south and down the continent, funnelled by the Rockies in the west and Appalachains in the east and with no large bodies of warm water to take the sting out of the super cold southbound air from northern Canada and Alaska, places such as North Dakota and Minnesota often endure the coldest weather in the lower 48 with multiple days remaining below zero, sometimes in the -10s and in extreme cases like seen in 2004, the -20s, yes for highs! Nighttime lows can dip below -40 and perhaps every 4 or 5 years, in a select few known Midwest cold spots, below -50 degrees.

The coldest night I’ve ever seen since closely following US weather was a reading of 54 degrees below zero in the tiny community in the Iron Range of NE Minnesota called Embarrass, southeast of International Falls
in January 2005. The first 50 below reading was in 2004 at Fosston, west-central Minnesota and the last sub 50 below reading was actually out East in far northern Maine in Big Black River, next to the New Brunswick, Canada border. The low hit 50 below zero and this actually broke Maine’s all-time cold record, the old record was -48 degrees.

WIND is the problem in the Midwest when Arctic high’s swing down from the north. Regularly in winter, like we’ve seen plenty of times this winter, with highs even in the relatively mild 15 to 20-degree range in a large urban area such as Minneapolis or Chicago, winds often blow out of the northwest at between 5 and 15mph, making it feel closer to zero. This winter has seen many daytime highs remain below 10 degrees and even a slight breeze makes the air feel more like 10 to 20 below zero. Even on the nights which dipped below zero, winds have been blowing. Anywhere from a slight breeze to a brisk 10 to 15mph wind creates windchills of 25 to 35 below zero (even in downtown Minneapolis or Chicago) and that feels worse than 35 below zero with no wind! The Midwest is often cold but made much worse because there is almost always a wind blowing and this means often, face coverage is needed and this makes for a long winter here. Across northern North Dakota and Minnesota where daytime highs and lows may be 10 to even 20 degrees colder than down in the southern half of Minnesota and within Minneapolis, wind chills often register 40 to 60 below zero during Arctic outbreaks and there has been no shortage of cold this winter. We just need to look at the amount of days in which days have remained below zero and nights under 20 or even 30 below zero. I would say, that International Falls, Duluth or Hayward, WI likely has a worse winter than perhaps Fairbanks, especially this year when Alaska hasn’t been too bad in terms of cold and the cold has been persistent over the Midwest. Also snowstorms will dump more snow than across more typically drier Alaska where moisture is more limited.

Minnesota Snowstorm: The Day After, December 12, 2010

VAGARIES OF THE WEATHER
INDIA & SUB-CONTINENTAL WEATHER
BY RAJESH KAPADIA

W.D. passes away to the East (and weakens).

Sunday (30th. Jan) Precipitation details Gulmarg received 3″ of snowfall while Qazigund received 25 mms of snow. Pahalgam and Kokernag had mild snow flakes.


‘Due to fresh snowfall and slippery road conditions in Patnitop and Bannihal areas of the highway, the Srinagar-Jammu road has been closed this morning (Sunday),’


Srinagar recorded a low of 1.2c while Gulmarg was the coldest place in the Valley with mercury still settling at -6.3c.


Jammu city recieved 4 mms of rain


Meanwhile, Ladakh region also witnessed some respite from cold with Leh town recording -10c, and Kargil registering -8.8c.


In Delhi, people woke up to a chilly morning with drizzles but a bright sunshine followed in the afternoon.


However, the maximum was 22.4c, a notch below to yesterday”s reading.The city also received 0.5mm of rainfall.


Strong icy wind with sleet lashed higher reaches of H.P., with Kalpa receiving 10 cm of snow. Lahaul and Spiti headquarter Keylong was at -8.9c.


In neighbouring Uttarakhand, the weather was cloudy and cold wind brought down the temperatures. State capital Dehra Dun recorded a low of 7c.


In Pakistan, various parts of Balochistan and Karachi received rain between Friday and Saturday night.In Balochistan, it rained at Quetta, Mastung, Kalat, Khuzdar and other cities.


The rain caused extreme cold weather in some regions.

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WHAT’S REACHING TODAY’S BLOGS?

First Look at the Groundhog Day Blizzard
Henry Margusity, AccuWeather

THE EXTREMES OF THE DAY

TODAY’S US EXTREMES
COURTESY OF ACCUWEATHER

HIGH: 89 degrees at Laredo, TX
LOW: -17 degrees at Cavalier, ND

TODAY’S UK EXTREMES
COURTESY OF THE MET OFFICE

HIGH: 47 degrees (8.6C) at South Uist (Outer Hebrides)
COLD HIGH: 31 degrees (-0.3C) at Spadeadam (Cumbria)
LOW: 16 degrees (-9C) at Pembrey Sands (Carmarthanshire)
TODAY’S EXTREMES HERE AT MY HOUSE

HIGH: 37 degrees
LOW: 33 degrees

Thanks for reading.
-Mark

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