Welcome to the coldest weather since 2008! Temperatures will struggle to break even 10 degrees and wind chill values 20 below zero will test even the best cold weather riding gear. After everybody's frozen we only modestly start to climb out of this arctic abyss late next week. Good grief!
Saturday: Partly sunny, dry for Global Fatbike Day. Wind chill: -5 to -10 H: 5 Wind: W 5-10
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy. Wind chill -16. L: -1 Wind: W 10
Sunday: Snow continuing overnight. Totals: 1-2" H: 15 L: 4 Wind: SE 2-4
Monday: Mostly cloudy. H: 8 L: -3 Wind: WNW 10-15
Tuesday: Snow showers. Less than 1 inch accumulation. H: 11 L: -7 Wind: NW 10-15
Wednesday: Partly sunny. H: 10 L: -4 Wind: SW 5-10
When the air is so bitterly cold, ice crystals can form out of clear air. These ice crystals are sometimes referred to as diamond dust and can cause beautiful optical phenomena in the sky. The pillars of sun like the ones shown above are a common sight in Minnesota on very cold mornings and form when ice crystals refract sunlight low on the horizon.
Find Fatbike Snow
If you want to crush some snow you gotta head up north. Duluth and areas along the north shore of Lake Superior got hammered by over 20 inches of snow this week! Duluth had a storm snow total of 23.3 inches Monday-Wednesday.
Minnesota Cimate Change
Milder winters, more heat waves, heavier rain events. The jury may still be out on wether climate change is natural of human caused but change is evident even for an ordinary observer. For Minnesota, 7 of the past 10 warmest years have occurred in the past 15 years. The state has also experienced more intense droughts and heavy rain events. You can read more here about Minnesota climate change and weather hazards from state climatologist Mark Seeley and the University of Minnesota Extension climate team.
NASA has just released this most detailed movie to date of Saturn's north pole, known as 'the hexagon'.
The hexagon is a wavy jet stream of 200-mile-per-hour winds (about 322 kilometers per hour) with a massive, rotating storm at the center. There is no weather feature exactly, consistently like this anywhere else in the solar system.
Best part about the hexagon?....astronomers aren't exactly sure how it takes on that shape.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story