“Broken Winter:” Warmest January start; Another record today!

49 degrees at MSP Airport Monday ties the record high of 49 set in 2002

52 my record breaking forecast high temp Tuesday

(Current record is 49 degrees set in 1990)

+14.3 degrees at MSP so far this January!

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A snowless Deephaven Beach on Lake Minnetonka on January 9th.

I expected this would come out given the fact that we’re running about 13 degrees above average so far this month.

So far this is the warmest start to January on record in the Twin Cities and much of Minnesota.

The numbers from The Minnesota Climate Working Group.

Warmest Start to January in the Twin Cities: January 1-10, 2012

The balmy winter of 2011-12 keeps marching on.

“January 1-10, 2012 may well be shaping up to be the warmest first ten days of January on record for the Twin Cities going back to 1873. Using the National Weather Service forecast for January 10th, the preliminary average temperature for the Twin Cities will be 31.4 degrees, beating January 1-10, 1880 with 31.2 degrees. It is interesting to note that four of the past ten warmest starts to January happened since 2000.

The average temperature for January 1-10 is about 15 degrees, so through the 10th the Twin Cities will be around 16 degrees above normal.

January 10 will continue the streak of at or above normal temperatures in the Twin Cities. The last time the average temperature was below normal was back on December 10, 2011.”

Twin Cities Warmest January 1-10

Temperatures in Degrees F

Rank Avg T Jan 1-10


1 31.4 2012

2 31.2 1880

3 29.9 1992

4 29.2 2007

29.2 2006

6 27.8 1889

7 27.6 1987

8 26.9 2003

26.9 1939

10 26.5 1933

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8th latest below zero temps at MSP….so far:

I’ve posted many times on Updraft (most recently this morning) how January 18th is the latest we’ve recorded a sub zero temp at MSP Airport.

As of today this is the 8th latest we’ve gone without bone chilling sub-zero weather in the metro. It looks like we’ll move up the ladder this week, with the best shot at temps approaching zero on Friday morning.

Again, the post from the MN Climate Working Group.

Latest First Below Zero Temperatures in the Twin Cities 1872-2012

“In 140 years of record keeping in the Twin Cities, the official temperature has always fallen below zero sometime during the winter. The latest being January 18th during the winters of 1888-89 and 2000-2001.

So far as of January 9, there has not been a below zero temperature recorded so far at the Twin Cities International Airport. There has never been a winter that has not dipped below zero at least twice in the Twin Cities. The latest into a season that a winter has gone without seeing a below zero temperature was in the winter of 1888-89 and 2000-2001 that lasted until January 18th without going below zero. So far the winter of 2011-2012 is in eighth place for the latest a winter has lasted without a below zero reading at the official Twin Cities recording station.

The long term average for the first below zero reading in the Twin Cities is December 9.

The winter of 2000-2001 only had two days with temperatures that reached below zero The Chanhassen National Weather Service has a tally of the lowest counts of below zero temperatures in past winters.”

Twin Cities First Below Zero Temperature: 1872-2012 Winters

Rank Season First Below Zero


1) 1888-89 January 18

1) 2001-02 January 18

3) 1954-55 January 16

4) 1881-82 January 14

5) 1913-14 January 11

5) 1974-75 January 11

5) 2002-03 January 11

8) 2011-12 January 9 (so far)

9) 1877-78 January 4

10) 1969-70 January 2

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You can see some more info with the tie in on today’s Big Story Blog at MPR.