The Twin Cities have not had a high temperature below zero degrees this month. Yes, we've had 4-5 consecutive days in the single digits but none below zero...yet.
After a brief thaw into Saturday, a cold, harsh reality settles in early next week. Highs on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday may barely break zero!
For the record, the lowest maximum temperature ever observed was -20° on January 15, 1888. Ouch.
Saturday: Increasing clouds. H: 40 Wind: N 5-10
Saturday Night: Snow, half inch of new accumulation. L: -8 Wind: NW 10-15
Sunday: MUCH colder. Staying sub-zero. H: -2 L: -15 Wind: NW 10
Monday: Mostly sunny. H: -3 L: -16 Wind: WSW 2
New Year's Eve: Still brutally cold. Coldest of the week? H: -5 L: -11 Wind: N 5
New Year's Day: Snow showers/flurries. Above zero. H: 5 L: 0 Wind: SE 7
Race to the Antarctic
It may be summer in the southern hemisphere but temperatures can still get down to -30°F across Antarctica. Few cyclists have dared attempt a mission to the South Pole but, with the recent arrival of the fatbike, there has been a surge of adventure cyclists racing to be the first ever to pedal to the South Pole. Track the progress of three cyclists as they race against each other and brave the harsh elements all with the end goal to be the first to bike to the heart of Antarctica.
Flying Saucer Clouds
If you've ever biked across the western US, you may have encountered clouds that look like flying saucers or a stack of pancakes.
2WheelWeather fan, Dan Owens, captured this picture above while on a trip through the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming. This type of cloud formation is known as a Altocumulus Standing Lenticular cloud. They typically form in winter and spring when the winds aloft are at their strongest. Moist, fast-moving air hits perpendicular to a mountain range, like the Rockies, and creates a mountain wave cloud.
Recently, a spectacular mountain wave cloud formed along the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies. The image above was taken at night (notice the city lights) on December 18 and shows the feathery look to the mountain wave clouds downwind of the Rockies. The solid white you see on the mountains is actually snow.
No two snowflakes are alike. An individual flake's beauty can be mesmerizing. I admit, I'm a flake-aholic. I find myself ogling over high-res pictures of these delicate and incredibly symmetric ice crystals.
Researchers from the University of Utah use a special camera located at the Atla Ski Resort to capture snowflakes in action. These multi-angle snowflake cameras capture real-time footage of falling snowflakes. Observing their size and shape can help predict avalanches.
"[I]f the storm starts out with (flakes called) stellar plates, then switches to graupel — that Styrofoam ball kind of snow — then you know that the density has gone way up and you have what we call ‘upside-down’ snow, meaning denser snow on top of lighter snow, which can cause avalanches.”
Summer brings warm afternoons perfect for biking, but the summer heat and humidity can also spark thunderstorms and severe weather. Be prepared for any type of adverse weather headed your way with Aeris Pulse.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story