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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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.
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.
This Day in Weather History
1902: A January Thaw occurs across Minnesota. The Twin Cities experience a high of 46 degrees.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
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
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Hours of Daylight: ~8 hours & 59 minutes
Daylight GAINED since yesterday: ~ 1 minute & 19 seconds
Daylight GAINED since winter solstice (December 21st): ~ 13 minutes
Moon Phase for January 8th at Midnight
3.2 Days Since New 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, 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)."
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.
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.