Old Man Winter is staggering around like a drunken uncle who doesn't know when it's time to go home. Quick recap of winter weather weirding: record snows in October. Then 70s in November. Green lawns first half of December. No metro hours below zero in January, the coldest month of the year, on average. But F-F-February: 226 hours of subzero temps, the fourth most on record and the most since 1936. What gives?
Scientists point to rapid warming of the Arctic affecting jet stream winds, increasing the odds of "Arctic amplification" — a sudden break in steering winds that plunges polar air into the United States. "Relative warmth, interrupted by sudden spasms of Siberian air." Is this our future?
About an inch of snow is likely today as temperatures begin to recover. I see 20s by Saturday, 30 degrees on Sunday and 40 isn't out of the question early next week.
We will see more cold fronts, but polar air is in retreat, the most outrageously numbing days of winter behind us now.
At least the power stayed on in Minnesota. Good grief.