Arctic In Alaska!
 
Thanks to the Fairbanks International Airport on Facebook for the image below, who posted this on Monday, where the temp at the airport had dipped into the -30F !! Acccording to the NWS there, the high temp was supposed to only get to around -31F with a wind chill as low as -45F !! UFFDA!!
 

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Gusty Winds Tuesday
 
The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities has issued a Wind Advisory through 6PM Tuesday for strong winds that could be be anywhere from 30 to 50mph across southern MN. If you have travel plans in these areas, traveling could get a little dicey! Be careful!
 
"Northwest winds of 25-35 MPH with gusts in the 40-50 MPH range are expected late tonight through Tuesday. High profile vehicles should use caution. Unsecured objects could be blown around."
 

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"January Thaw" Finally Ends in the Twin Cities
 
Well it certainly has been a warm stretch of weather as of late with highs warming into the 40s - 4 out of the last 5 days since Thursday. We even had 2 record highs on Friday and Satuday as the mercury soared to 47F!! With that said, it appears that it'll be quite a bit colder now as we head into our midweek time period. Highs on Tuesday will range from the teens across far northern Minnesota to near 30F across far southern MN, which will still be a little above average, but not as much.
 
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Weather Outlook Wednesday
 
Wednesday's highs will be even colder with readings only warming into the single digits up north and the teens across the rest of the state. Most locations will be nearly -5F to -15F below average for a change with feels like temps in the sub-zero range much of the day.
 
 
Lowest Wind Chill Wednesday
 
Feels like temps will once again go sub-zero has we head into Wednesday. Note that readings across the far northern part of the state could once again dip into the -20s, while the rest of the state will flirt with the teens below zero... bundle up!
 
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A Look Back at the Twin Cities Record January Warmth
 
A record high of 47F fell on Friday and Saturday in the Twin Cities, which was the 20th warmest high ever recorded in the Twin Cities during the month of January! Note that there have only be 26 high temperatures that have reached 47F or warmer in January with the warmest being 58F set back in 1944.
 
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What is a "January Thaw" ?
 
What is a "January Thaw". Well, according to the MN DNR:
 
"January Thaws" are part of Minnesota's climate. Nearly every year, the mercury climbs above freezing sometime in January, bringing a brief respite to a Minnesota Winter. A January Thaw is defined as two or more consecutive days where the maximum temperature is above 32 degrees. For the Twin Cities this happens about 93% of the time. A White Christmas in the Twin Cities (one inch or more of snow cover on Christmas Day) happens about 72% of the time, thus it more likely to have a "January Thaw" than a White Christmas."
 
Take a look at temps over the last several days and notice how warm it's been with record highs falling on 2 days; Friday and Saturday! With a high of 42F on Monday, highs have warmed into the 40s 4 out of the last 5 days, since Thursday!
 
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MN DNR Warning of Dangerous Ice Conditions
 
A recent tweet from @mndnr suggested that due to warmer weather as of late, ice conditions have deteriorated in some locations. PLEASE BE CAREFUL if you plan on venturing out on area lakes/ponds!!
 
Recent 'Warmer' Weather Making Ice Conditions Unsafe in Some Areas
 
Recent mild December weather has made for fairly unsafe ice condtions across parts of the state. The MN DNR has some basic guidelines on how thick the ice should be before you even think about stepping out onto the ice! Also remember that ice is NEVER 100% SAFE!
 

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Weather Outlook
 
Here's the weather outlook from PM Wednesday to PM Friday, which shows fairly quiet (but cold) conditions until the end of the week. By Friday, there appears to be a fairly weak system that will slide through with a chance of light snow across parts of the region, especially east of the Mississippi River.
 
 
Snowfall Potential
 
Here's the GFS snowfall potential through AM Saturday, which suggests shovelable snow across the Arrowhead as we get closer to the end of the week. There could also be a light coating across the southeastern part of the state as well.
 
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Snow So Far This Season
 
Note that the Twin Cities has only seen 11" of snow so far this season, which is more than 13" below average! Interestingly, Rochester has seen more than 15" of snow this season, International Falls has seen nearly 24" of snow this season and Duluth has seen nearly 34" of snow this season. Interesting to note that there is only one climate location that are only reporting above average snowfall for the season (Marquette, MI). Other than that, every location is reporting below average snowfall for the season.
 
 
Current Snow Depth
 
The current snow depth across the region shows pretty minimal amounts across the Twin Cities and into the southeastern part of the state. However, locations across the northern half of Minnesota shows a decent snow pack, especially along the MN North Shore, where more than a foot is being reported.
 
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Extended Temperature Outlook
 
Take a look at the extended temperature outlook as we head through mid January. Note that temps will take a bit of a hit as we approach midweek, but the cold air doesn't appear to last too long as 20s and 30s aren't too far away. In fact, it looks like we will warm to above average levels as we head through the typical coldest part of the year in the Twin Cities, where the average high bottoms out at 23F and the average low dips to 7F!
 
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6 to 10 Day Temperature Outlook

According to NOAA's CPC, the extended temperature outlook from January 15th - 21st suggests warmer than average temperatures will continue across much of the nation once again, which will be right during the typical coldest part of the entire year! 


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"How To Tell If Your Symptoms Are The Flu Or Just A Cold"

"The flu and the common cold are nasty respiratory illnesses with some similar symptoms. Here’s how to tell the difference. In the winter literally everyone seems to be getting sick. Your coworker won’t stop coughing and your kid keeps coming home from school a snotty mess, and a box of tissues barely lasts you one day. Contrary to popular belief, cold weather does not make you sick — but respiratory viruses (namely, influenza) do tend to peak during the fall and winter. In the US, flu season typically lasts from October to March. However, a nasty case of sniffles and aches during the winter doesn’t always mean you have the flu. Often, it’s just a cold, which you can get any time of the year. The common cold and flu are both contagious respiratory illnesses that can make you feel miserable, but they are caused by different viruses. Some flu symptoms may mimic a cold, but the flu tends to be much more serious and deadly — so it’s important to know the difference between these two illnesses. Obviously, only a doctor can diagnose you, but knowing how to recognize symptoms is always helpful. So how can you tell if your symptoms mean you have a cold or the flu, and what is the best treatment? We spoke to Dr. Tania Elliott, an allergist and immunologist at NYU Langone Health in New York City, to find out."
 
 
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Cold and Flu Forecast - Minneapolis
 
According to Pollen.com, the Cold and Flu forecast suggests that we will be running at medium to medium-high levels over the next few days. Wash your hands!!
 
 
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"14 Ways to Avoid Colds and Flu"
 
"Are you avoiding your co-worker with that hacking cough, cold, or flu in the cubicle next to you? Do you draw your hand back from every doorknob? Have cold-and-flu phobia? Get a grip before the grippe gets you. Weve consulted dozens of medical experts to bring you 14 ways to avoid colds and flu this season. Every time you shake someones hand, wash yours: But dont stop there. Wash them as much as possible, says Mark Mengel, MD, chair of community and family medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Running lots of water over your hands will dilute any germs and send them down the drain. Keep your hands off: Touching your nose and your eyes may hurt you, Mengel says. Those are the most common places for germs to get in."
 
 
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"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."

See more from Bazar HERE:

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Windblown Flurries Today - Mild Bias Continues
By Paul Douglas

Ah, so THIS is what January is supposed to feel like! A little sting on the cheeks, flecks of frozen water racing past my window.

No more puddles and 40s for a few days, as Canada flushes colder air south of the border. Nothing Nanook, nothing that will get your sweet, concerned grandma living in Ft. Myers, Florida to send concerned Facebook posts. Just a gentle tug; a reminder that the next week is, historically, coldest of winter.

A scrawny clipper may coat the ground with flurries this morning, as winds gust over 30 mph at times. Consider an extra shot or 2 of hairspray.

Despite a pleading sun, daytime temperatures hold in the teens Wednesday - but I have yet to see the metro area's first subzero low temperature of winter through late next week.

Yet another puff of Pacific air arrives later this week; daytime highs at or above 32F from Friday through Tuesday of next week, when MSP may hit 40F once again.

Weather models suggest a colder end to January but if this keeps up this could be the mildest winter since 2012, when flowers bloomed in late March. We shall see.
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Extended Forecast

TUESDAY: Coating of flurries. Gusty. Winds: NW 20-35. High: 29.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy, blustery and cold. Winds: WNW 15-30. Low: 8.

WEDNESDAY: More sun. Winds ease up a bit. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 18.

THURSDAY: Clouds increase during the day. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 5. High: 22.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy, not as cold. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 17. High: 32.

SATURDAY: Partly sunny and pleasant. Winds: NW 5-10.  Wake-up: 20. High: 32.

SUNDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, milder. Winds: SW 8-13. High: 34.

MONDAY: Sunny peeks. Another January thaw. Winds: NW 8-13. High: 36.
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This Day in Weather History
January 8th

1902: A January Thaw occurs across Minnesota. The Twin Cities experience a high of 46 degrees.
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Average High/Low for Minneapolis
January 8th

Average High: 23F (Record: 54F set in 2003)
Average Low: 8F (Record: -30F set in 1875)

Record Rainfall: 0.33" set in 1875
Record Snowfall: 2.5" set in 1909
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Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
January 8th

Sunrise: 7:50am
Sunset: 4:49pm

Hours of Daylight: ~8 hours & 59 minutes

Daylight GAINED since yesterday: ~ 1 minute & 19 seconds
Daylight GAINED since winter solstice (December 21st): ~ 13 minutes
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Moon Phase for January 8th at Midnight
3.2 Days Since New Moon

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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, look for the northern sky’s two most prominent sky patterns – the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen and the Big Dipper. Both circle around Polaris, the North Star, once a day. They are opposite each other, one on either side of the North Star. At nightfall, the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen is easy to recognize in the northern sky, either in the evening or before dawn. This constellation is shaped like a W or M and contains five moderately bright stars. The distinctive shape of Cassiopeia makes her very noticeable among the stars of the northern sky. And, of course, Ursa Major the Greater Bear – which contains the Big Dipper asterism – is one of the most famous of all star patterns. At nightfall this month, Cassiopeia shines high in the north while the Dipper lurks low. They are always on opposite sides of the North Star. From the southern half of the U.S., the Big Dipper is actually partially or totally beneath the horizon this month in the evening hours. North of about 40 degrees north latitude (the latitude of Denver, Colorado), the Big Dipper always stays above the horizon (if it’s level)."

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National High Temps - Tuesday, January 8th
 
High temps across the country on Sunday will still be quite a bit above average across much of the nation, especially in the Mid-Atlantic States, where readings will be nearly +15F to 20F above average!
 
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National Weather Outlook

Here's a look at weather conditions as we head through the middle part of the week and other than a little light snow on Tuesday across the Upper Midwest, weather conditions look fairly quiet across much of the Central US. Areas of snow will fall across the Northeast through midweek and another surge of heavier Pacific moisture will fall across the West Coast with heavy rain along the coast and heavy snow in the mountains.


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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. 

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"Rivers in the Sky: What You Need to Know About Atmospheric River Storms"
 
"The rainy season is well underway in California: Roughly 90 percent of the Golden State's precipitation typically falls during the months of October through April. While drought has bedeviled the state in recent years, there’s evidence that the wet season is actually getting wetter. If you live on the West Coast, you may hear the term "atmospheric river" thrown around. These massive, fast-moving storm systems can transport more than 25 times the moisture as flows through the mouth of the Mississippi River. As you’re breaking out those rain slickers, boots and umbrellas, here’s what you need you know about atmospheric rivers, sometimes referred to as ARs."
 
 

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"Pacific Depths Likely to Keep Warming for Centuries Even if We Decarbonize Now, Study Shows"
 
"The slow-circulating deep Pacific is still cooling almost 200 years after the Little Ice Age ended, with worrying implications for the anthropogenic age. The Little Ice Age lasted for centuries during the last millennium and cooled the surface of the oceans. No question about that. Now a paper published Thursday in Science has discovered that, as predicted by models, while the deep Atlantic is warming in keeping with the global climate trend, the black depths of the Pacific Ocean are still cooling. The model created by Geoffrey Gebbie of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Peter Huybers of Harvard University has unavoidable, long-term implications for a world in the grip of anthropogenic global warming."
 
 

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"Science Explains What Would Happen if the Earth's Core Turned Cold"
 
"The Earth’s core is cooling down very slowly over time. One day, when the core has completely cooled and becomes solid, it will have a huge impact on the whole planet. Scientists think that when that happens, Earth might be a bit like Mars, with a very thin atmosphere and no more volcanoes or earthquakes. Then it would be very difficult for life to survive — but that won’t be a problem for several billions of years. Right now, the Earth’s core is not entirely molten. The inner core is a sphere of solid iron, while the outer core is made of molten iron thousands of kilometers thick. Scientists know this because the shock waves made by earthquakes can be recorded on the other side of the Earth — and we would not expect to see them there if the inner core was also molten."
 
 
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