Minnesota rides the edge of winter this year. Occasional brief stabs of arctic air fight to hang on. Pacific winds lie in wait, ready to deliver the next thaw as temperatures run toward the 30s. Above zero.

The first two thirds of meteorological winter ran about 4 degrees warmer than average. February’s attempted winter is off to a brisk start with temps running a good -7 degrees vs. average so far. Read more

The case that 2014 was the warmest year on record globally may be about to get confirmation from two separate major US science groups.

An inside source tells me NOAA and NASA will likely schedule a joint news conference late next week to confirm 2014 as the warmest year on record globally.

Both NOAA and NASA keep separate data sets on global surface temperatures, and are expected to declare the final December data puts 2014 in the top spot as the warmest year on record since 1880. The two organizations usually announce global temperature results separately online, so a joint news conference would be unusu Read more