Nattional Cut Your Engergy Costs Day !!
"Scheduling an appointment to get your heating system tuned up, would be one of the many ways to participate on January 10 for National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. Did you know that tuning up your heating system can save you up to three to ten percent? National Cut Your Energy Costs Day encourages people to look for ways to reduce energy costs and save on their energy bills. It is often in the little things that you do that can save you big money on your energy bill, such as:"
*Weatherproof your home
*Replace old windows with new energy-efficient windows
*Replace old furnace with new energy-efficient furnace
*Properly maintain furnace
*Use solar heat if possible
*Turn down thermostats
*Turning off lights when leaving a room
*Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs
*Run dishwasher and washing machine only when fully loaded
*Lower water heater temperature
*Take shorter showers
*Unplug unused appliances
*Carpool whenever possible
Rare January Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Ohio on Tuesday
Wow - take a look at this screen grab from GR2Analyst on Tuesday morning from just south of Cleveland, OH, where a severe thunderstorm warning was issued by the National Weather Service. Definitely a fairly rare site on a January morning, where winds of 60mph and quarter size hail were possible.
Rare January Tornado in Ohio on Tuesday
The same line of thunderstorms that rolled through parts of northern Ohio was also responsible for spawning a tornado Tuesday morning as well. Thanks to the @NWSCLE and the Bazetta Township Road Department for the picture below. This is a look at a rare January tornado that touched down in Cortland, OH around 10:30AM Tuesday.
Weather Outlook Thursday
"Here's how to get rid of a cold fast"
"It's the time of year when colds are commonplace. As the weather gets colder, and you're more inclined to spend more time indoors with others, the combination of confined spaces, weakened immune systems and recirculated air means that, at some point or another, you're likely to become victim to one of the 200 viruses that cause the common cold. It's likely then, that knowing how to get rid of a cold fast is a priority this winter - no-one wants to feel miserable, sickly and extra tired over the festive period. This year, let's put a halt to that streaming nose and feeling like the Walking Dead because actually, you don’t have to suffer and sniffle in silence. Simply bookmark this cold-busting guide, now."
New Minnesota State Precipitation Record in 2018
By Paul Douglas
Minnesota is trending wetter over time. Every 1 degree Celsius rise in temperature translates into 7 percent more water vapor floating overhead; moisture that's falling with greater intensity and frequency.
Nothing related to nature ever moves in a straight line. Extreme rainfall events are "lumpy" - flooding events coming in spurts - not spaced out evenly.
You won't get much argument from residents of Harmony, Minnesota, where a new state precipitation record of 60.2 inches was set in 2018. That broke the old record of 56.6 (Waseca in 2016). Average 30-year rainfall in Harmony is 34.6 inches, according to the Minnesota DNR. More than 120 stations across the Midwest had their wettest year on record in 2018, according to the Midwest Regional Climate Center.
Storms track south of Minnesota the next 2 weeks - our snow drought drags on indefinitely. Temperatures mellow over time with a thaw from Friday into Wednesday of next week.
Twin Cities highs may top 40F next Monday, January 14. Considering we could be -15 with butt-deep-drifts, I'm rather enjoying this quiet spell.
THURSDAY: Dim sun, not as nippy. Winds: SE 7-12. High: 26.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy, not as cold. Winds:SE 5. Low: 19.
FRIDAY: Patchy clouds, afternoon thaw. Winds: SE 7-12. High: 34.
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy. Storm stays south. Winds: E E-10. Wake-up: 25. High: 32.
SUNDAY: More sun. Supernaturally quiet. Winds: S 5-10. Wake-up: 21. High: 33.
MONDAY: Partly sunny, hints of March again. Winds: SW 10-15. Wake-up: 24. High: 41.
TUESDAY: Patchy clouds. Slightly cooler. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 25. High: 35.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy. Flurries possible. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 26. High: 32.
This Day in Weather History
1990: A January 'heat wave' forms. MSP Airport warms to 49 degrees.
1975: The 'Blizzard of the Century' begins. Also called the 'Super Bowl Blizzard,' it was one of the worst blizzards ever. The pressure hit a low of 28.62. This was the record until 1998.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 23F (Record: 52F set in 2012)
Average Low: 7F (Record: -30F set in 1886)
Record Rainfall: 1.13" set in 1975
Record Snowfall: 4.0" set in 1976
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Hours of Daylight: ~9 hours & 2 minutes
Daylight GAINED since yesterday: ~ 1 minute & 28 seconds
Daylight GAINED since winter solstice (December 21st): ~ 16 minutes
Moon Phase for January 10th at Midnight
3.0 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:
"Tonight, find Achernar, the star at the southern end of the River. The chart above is almost just like yesterday’s chart. But we’ve changed our observing location. Normally, our charts are set for the geographical center of the continental U.S. – say, the latitude of Wichita, Kansas (about 37o north latitude). The chart above is set to the extreme southern U.S. or similar latitudes around the world. It’s as if we’re gazing at stars from this southerly latitude in the Northern Hemisphere . . . maybe along the Texas/Mexico border, or from the Florida Keys, or from the latitude of some great cities around the world including Miami in the U.S., Taipei in Taiwan, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, or Muscat in Oman. From the latitude of these cities (about 25 degrees N.), the bottom part of constellation Eridanus the River may be seen just above the southern horizon. It’s from this latitude, or farther south on Earth’s globe, that you can see Achernar, the famous star that marks the end of the constellation Eridanus the River. Achernar is very bright. But, bright or not, you’ll never see it anywhere but right next to the southern horizon if you’re observing from the extreme southern U.S., or a similar latitude. And you won’t see it at all from a more northerly latitude. That’s because this star is located very far to the south on the celestial sphere, the imaginary dome of stars surrounding Earth."
National Weather Outlook
Here's a look at weather conditions as we head through the next few days, which shows a fairly strong storm continuing in the Northeast with areas of heavy snow and gusty winds, while the Western US will still be dealing with rain and snow. Late week heavier rain/snow & ice will develop across the Central and Southern US.
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 several inches of rain will be possible near the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
"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.”
"The Milky Way Could Crash Into Another Galaxy Billions of Years Earlier Than Predicted"
"Ah, the Milky Way, our glittering home in the cosmos. Seen in an unencumbered night sky, far from the glare of city lights, it seems magnificent and eternal in its enormity. Nothing could shift this ancient web of stars, nothing could disturb its transcendent stoicism. Except, that is, another galaxy. Galaxies orbit millions of light-years apart, but gravity, the immutable magnet of the cosmos, can pull them together, producing spectacular collisions that reshuffle stars. According to the leading theory, the Milky Way will collide with one of its closest neighbors, Andromeda, sometime between 6 billion and 8 billion years from now. But the Milky Way may face another galactic threat before that, from a different neighbor. A new study predicts our galaxy will collide with a galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud between 1 billion and 4 billion years from now. This is a rather surprising change in schedule, considering that the Large Magellanic Cloud, which is close enough to be seen with the naked eye, is currently moving away from the Milky Way. What gives?"