Upside down weather world

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A few liquid drops fall from the Weather Lab roof today.

It may not be much, but it’s a start.

Our mid-winter respite is expanding today around Minnesota. Temperatures this afternoon are on the “good” side of freezing in a several Minnesota towns. We even have a toasty 41 degrees in Wakish in pine tree aided northern Minnesota over thinner snow cover.

Here are the Minnesota locations above freezing in the NWS 3pm observations.

WEATHER ROUNDUP FOR MINNESOTA

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN

300 PM CST WED JAN 13 2010

CITY SKY/WX TMP DP RH WIND PRES REMARKS

BEMIDJI SUNNY 34 25 69 SE9 29.65F WCI 26

ROSEAU SUNNY 34 27 75 SW9 29.62R WCI 26

WARROAD SUNNY 34 25 69 SW10 29.61F WCI 26

FOSSTON SUNNY 34 23 64 SW13 29.64S WCI 25

BAUDETTE MOSUNNY 34 21 59 S7 29.62F

INTL FALLS SUNNY 35 20 54 S5 29.65F

WASKISH SUNNY 41 25 52 S5 29.64F

BIG FORK SUNNY 34 21 60 S12 29.69S WCI 25

CRANE LAKE SUNNY 34 19 55 S6 29.70S

ELY SUNNY 36 21 55 SW5 29.69S

Only 3 towns in snow packed southern Minnesota are above freezing so far today.

MARSHALL SUNNY 36 23 60 CALM 29.76S

WINDOM MOSUNNY 36 30 80 S9 29.74S

ALBERT LEA SUNNY 36 27 69 S9 29.81S HAZE

In the Twin Cities we are still hovering just below freezing. But the afternoon sun is adding enough additional energy to create microclimates above freezing on slushy roads and rooftops. The pitter patter of liquid snow melt is a welcome sound at the Weather Lab today.

Snow cover rules:

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Snow cover as of January 7th. (Courtesy MN DNR.)

Today is a perfect example fo the effect of snow cover on temperatures. Notice how the deep snow in southern Minnesota is limiting temperatures, while the relatively lighter snow pack in northern Minnesota is allowing for the big warm up. It’s an upside down weather world in Minnesota today when it comes to temperatures.

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GOES visible satellite shows the edge of the snowpack retreating eastward through eastern Nebraska. Rivers and the urban areas of Lincoln and Omaha are clearly visible.

Temperatures are in the 50s today in Nebraska. That air mass is sliding over Minnesota, but we are cooler near the surface thanks to deep snow cover.

The next 10 days should be excellent for enjoying the snow and outdoor activities that our Minnesota winter offers.

Enjoy the warm up!

PH

  • Josh

    Took a walk across Lake Harriet today – Marvelous!