Can we really? The name of the day says you can! Life is short….let’s have fun!
If you are feeling somewhat mischievous (in a nice kind of way), join in on the celebration that all kids will love and all the young-at-heart adults will love just the same, as we celebrate National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day. Celebrated annually on January 11, this day can be a little bit tricky depending on where you live, as at this time of the year, many of the puddles could be frozen!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Look out for some puddles so you can splash your friends. Use #StepInAPuddleAndSplashYourFriendsDay to post on social media.
Weather Outlook Friday
- A system moving into the Southern Plains late this week will cause an expansive area of snow across the Central Plains into the Ohio Valley Friday into the weekend.
- The heaviest accumulation is expected in and around the St. Louis metro with 5-7” of snow expected. Winter Storm Watches are in effect from Friday into early Sunday due to the heavy snow potential.
- This snow is expected to make travel difficult across the region and will impact the Friday evening commute.
Winter Weather To End The Week In The Central Plains. As a new system pushes into the Southern Plains late this week into the weekend, an expansive area of snow is expected to form on the cold side of the system from the Central Plains into the Ohio Valley. Snow will start across parts of Kansas and western Missouri Friday morning, spreading east toward St. Louis by the evening hours and into the Ohio Valley Friday Night. Snow is expected to be heavy at times, especially Friday Night in early Saturday morning in the St. Louis area.
Winter Weather Concerns. Due to the potential of heavy snow across parts of Missouri and Illinois with this system late in the week into the weekend, Winter Storm Watches have been issued including St. Louis. Looking at some of the locations under these Winter Storm Watches this morning:
- St. Louis and Columbia (MO): Winter Storm Watch from Noon Friday to 6 AM Sunday for 5-7” of snow and up to a third of an inch of sleet.
- Springfield, IL: Winter Storm Watch from 6 PM Friday to 6 AM Sunday for 5-7” of snow.
- Cape Girardeau, MO: Winter Storm Watch from 3 PM Friday to Noon Saturday for 3-5” of snow. Precipitation may begin as sleet or freezing rain before changing over to snow.
Snow Forecast. Snow totals of 5-7” are expected from Friday into Saturday across parts of eastern Missouri into southern Illinois, with the heaviest snow falling Friday Night into early Saturday. Surrounding that will be an expansive area of at least 2-4” of snow from parts of Kansas into the Ohio Valley. This snow is expected to make travel difficult across the region and will impact the Friday evening commute in St. Louis.
D.J. Kayser, Meteorologist, Praedictix
"Here's how to get rid of a cold fast"
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By Paul Douglas
"So you're telling me there's a chance?" Jim Carey says in 'Dumb and Dumber'. Minnesota's snow lovers may feel the same way these days. There's always tomorrow, or next week, or next month.
Only 11 inches has fallen this winter in the metro area, most of that in early December. We should have picked up closer to 25 inches. Then again, last winter only 7 inches had fallen as of January 11. We ended last winter season with 78.3 inches. So yes, there IS a chance!
January temperatures are 10F warmer than average, compensating for a chilly November. Thank you El Nino.
To friends still complaining about the Indian Summer that never came last year, can I interest you in another extended January Thaw? I see 5 consecutive days above 32F, with a shot at low 40s Monday. Not too shabby, considering this week is, historically, the coldest of the entire year.
St. Louis winds up with 3-6 inches of slush, but our snow drought continues the next 2 weeks. Great news for commuters, bad news for kids of all ages, wondering how the snowiest month of the year can be so boring and brown.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny and mild. Winds: S 5-10. High: 34.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy, not as cold. Winds:NE 5. Low: 24.
SATURDAY: Patchy clouds. Storm stays south. Winds: E E-10. High: 33.
SUNDAY: More sun. Thawing temperatures. Winds: SW 5-10. Wake-up: 25. High: 35.
MONDAY: Mild sun. More hints of March. Winds: SW 10-15. Wake-up: 26. High: 41.
TUESDAY: Mix of clouds and sun. Cooler. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 27. High: 34.
WEDNESDAY: Sunny and brisk. Feels like January. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 14. High: 20.
THURSDAY: Chilly start. Clouds increase. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 8. High: 28.
This Day in Weather History
1975: A blizzard continues with hurricane force winds in southwestern Minnesota.
1899: An odd flash of lightning lights the clouds up around 9 pm at Maple Plain.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 23F (Record: 44F set in 1986)
Average Low: 7F (Record: -31F set in 1977)
Record Rainfall: 0.47" set in 1930
Record Snowfall: 6.0" set in 1905
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Hours of Daylight: ~9 hours & 3 minutes
Daylight GAINED since yesterday: ~ 1 minute & 31 seconds
Daylight GAINED since winter solstice (December 21st): ~ 17 minutes
Moon Phase for January 11th at Midnight
2.0 Days Before First Quarter Moon
What's in the Night Sky?
According to EarthSky.org this is what will be visible in the night sky over the next several nights:
"On January 11, 12 and 13, 2019, use the waxing crescent moon to find the red planet Mars. You’ll find both Mars and the moon in the evening sky, with the moon in a waxing crescent phase and Mars much fainter than it was six months ago, when it outshone all the stars, brighter than since 2003. Now, Mars is still shining as brightly as a 1st-magnitude star. It’ll be that bright “star” close to the moon on these evenings. Of course, when we say the moon and Mars are close together, we mean they are close together on our sky’s dome. These two worlds are not particularly close together in space. When you see them, know that our moon lies about a quarter million miles (400,000 km) away, whereas Mars – a neighboring planet – lodges way beyond the moon, at some 467 times the moon’s distance."
National Weather Outlook
Here's a look at weather conditions as we head into the early part of the weekend. Note the large storm system that will develop across the central and southern US on Friday with areas of heavy rain and snow. Winter weather headlines have already been posted across parts of the region in advance of snowfall that will add up to shovelable amounts. Keep in mind that travel in these areas will likely be compromised.
7 Day Precipitation Potential
According to NOAA's WPC, the 7 day precipitation potential suggests heavy precipitation continuing in the Western US with several inches of liquid possible along the coast and in the higher elevations! There also appears to be more heavy precipitation across parts of the Southern US, where areas of heavy rain and snow will be possible.
"IBM Wants to Use a Sensor in Your Phone to Create Ultra High-Res Weather Forecasts"
"In the world of weather forecasting, the battle for supremacy is generally being waged between the Euro and American weather models maintained by U.S. and European Union governmental agencies. But there are tons of other options to choose from, and a new one emerged on Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. IBM and its subsidiary The Weather Company (TWC) have created a model that aims to offer a wildly detailed view of weather around the world. If proven accurate, the model could change forecasting, particularly in the developing world where a paucity of data makes good predictions hard. But it could also invite controversy by relying on cell phone data from the Weather Channel app, which the city of Los Angeles recently sued over for misleading users about how much data it collects."
"Since the U.S. military is extremely reliant on satellites for communications, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and geolocation, the Air Force is striving to augment space weather observations and improve forecast models. Unfortunately, progress often occurs at a glacial pace. “All of you probably learned about climate change and glacier movement,” said Ralph Stoffler, Air Force weather director. “Well this is the glacier of modernization. It moves very, very slowly.” Funding is not the problem. “The resources are there,” Stoffler said Jan. 7 at the American Meteorological Society’s annual meeting here. “The problem is the number of folks in industry and everywhere else that are building space weather capabilities are pretty limited.” This year, the Air Force plans to test prototype Energetic Charged Particle (ECP) sensors with goals of awarding production contracts in 2020 and reaching full operational capability in 2023. In 2015, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James signed a memo requiring all new satellites that had not completed their final design phase to include an energetic charged particle sensor. “We continue with mandate to equip all Air Force satellites with ECP sensors,” Stoffler said. “That is moving forward, which is good news.”