Cold = Longer Life?
By Todd Nelson
I am about as sick of the cold weather as probably a majority of Minnesota is, but there are a few benefits to the annual chill... 'Few' is the key word there! Not only does cold weather burn more calories, but it also makes for a bug-free environment. Some research suggests that those who endure cold weather may even live longer! According to WorldLifeExpectancy.com, Minnesota has the second-highest life expectancy than any other U.S. state. Hawaii has the highest, Mississippi has the lowest.
As we muddle through mid February, our deep freeze continues. Temperatures tumble a bit Sunday and bottom out into early next week with highs struggling to get to 0F Monday. The number of sub-zero nights continues to add up as well. By Tuesday, we will only be a few shy of reaching the "Top 10 winters for days with lows below zero", which is 45 set in 1981-82.
Thanks to the bitter cold, the storm track will remain well south of us until Wednesday. High temperatures are expected to warm into the 20s by midweek; talk about a heat wave! The slight warmup will lure clippers back into region. The second half of next week could be a little more active as snow chances return.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Gradual clearing and turning colder. Low: -5. Feels Like: -20F. Winds: Turning NW 5.
SUNDAY: Brain freeze. Less than 40 days until Spring. High: 5. Feels Like: -20F early. Winds: NW 5-10.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and very cold. Low: -13. Feels Like: -25F
MONDAY: Lung burning cold continues. High: -2.
TUESDAY: Raw start. Light PM snow. Wake-up: -12. High: 12.
WEDNESDAY: Heat wave! Clipper arrives. Slight snow chance late. Wake-up: 10. High: 28.
THURSDAY: Clearing and a bit colder. Wake-up: 14. High: 19.
FRIDAY: Another clipper. Another snow chance. Wake-up: 3. High: 19.
SATURDAY: Not as bone chilling. Few flakes. Wake-up: 6. High: 17.
Minneapolis Temperature Trend
Temperatures take a bit of a nosedive through early next week with highs struggling to 0F on Monday. We finally get a bit of a reprieve on Wednesday as we finally bump up into the 20s. Extended weather models suggest even warmer weather moving in by the middle part of February! Stay tuned for more on that.
Minnesota Life Expectancy
This is interesting... according to WorldLifeExpectancy.com - Minnesota has the second-highest life expectancy out all the 50 states.
Saturday's sunrise was quite nice... The red glow was in response to an increase in moisture that brought a quick snow burst and poor travel and near whiteout conditions along I-90 in far southern MN. As the old adage states, "Red sunrise in the morning, sailors take warning".
Southern Minnesota on Saturday
Reports of near whiteout conditions were coming in on Saturday across extreme southern Minnesota. A quick snow burst was responsible for nearly 1" to 2" in spots along I-90. Luverne, MN checked in at 2.3" while Mankato only saw 0.5"
Thanks to Michael Lobenstein out of Reedsburg, WI for the picture below, which showed the snow associated with the clipper that moved right along the Minnesota/Iowa border and eventually into central and southern Wisconsin.
Thanks to Shelly Jones from Longview, WA for the picture below, where apparently there's no mail today... they were snowed in.
Take a look at some of the heavy snowfall/rainfall reports from Saturday across the western states! Not that some areas saw 1ft. to nearly 2ft.
National Precipitation Forecast Next 5 Days
According to NOAA's HPC 5 day precipitation forecast, there's still quite a bit of precipitation potential for folks in the western U.S.. It sure is nice to see, but folks in the extreme southwestern U.S. are still staying dry.
Look at how active it looks across the nation. From the Pacific to the East Coast, there's nearly a steady stream of moisture, which is great news for the western U.S., but the eastern U.S. is probably ready to call it quits with all the wintry weather as of late.
National Winter Concerns
Here's a look at the national winter weather headlines and note that the colors seem to match the steady stream of moisture from west to east. The light blue to the far north is a wind chill advisory for extreme cold. The extreme cold to the north is also helping to push the storm track farther south and that's why there's a void of precipitation across the Upper Mississippi Valley.
Here's a quick glance at snowfall potential over the next few days. Note that the heavier snow will be possible in the high elevations in the western U.S., but there a fairly decent snow swath from the Central Plains to the Mid Atlantic region.
Meteorological Winter Temperature Anomaly So Far...
Here's an interesting image from WeatherBell.com - it's the temperature anomaly for meteorological winter so far. Meteorological winter, by the way, is the coldest three months (on average) for the Northern Hemisphere (December, January and February). Note how cold it has been this winter across much of the nation and especially for the Upper Midwest and the Canadian Prairie Provinces.
Warmer Weather Ahead?!
Well, well, well... what do we have here? A warmup in the offing? According to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, the 8 to 14 day temperature outlook suggests a much warmer outlook as we get to the middle/end of February... Stay tuned! Note also that Alaska looks to finally be cooling down after record setting warm temperatures during the month of January.
Thanks for checking in and have a great rest of your weekend.
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