One step outside and there is little doubt it’s still February in Minnesota. But temperature patterns across the northern hemisphere are highly unusual this week.
Minnesota rides the colder side of a huge temperature contrast across the nation. It feels like spring, even early summer in much of the eastern United States early this week. But subzero cold pools in the northern Rockies.
Tuesday has been the warmest day ever recorded in the month of February for several cities in the eastern US, including:
Muncie, IN: 76F
Zanesville, OH: 77F
Clarksburg, WV: 79F
Tampa, FL: 89F
— AccuWeather (@breakingweather) February 20, 2018
Upside down weather pattern
The big temperature contrast is part of a larger upside down weather pattern that is feeding abnormally warm air into the Arctic once again.
— Brian L Kahn (@blkahn) February 20, 2018
Greenland’s northernmost weather station showed an incredible temperature surge of 39 degrees in a few hours, in the dark of night, in February.
And notice on the hi resolution @NWSAlaska analysis, there is now connected open water from the Bering Sea into the Chukchi to 67N. You could sail you boat to north of the Arctic Circle. In February. Through the Bering Strait. Think about it. #Arctichttps://t.co/wxkjilKrDD
— Rick Thoman (@AlaskaWx) February 18, 2018
Southeastern Minnesota ice storm
Icing was most significant across southeastern Minnesota.
— NWS La Crosse (@NWSLaCrosse) February 20, 2018
Next snow Thursday
Our messy start to the week is done. Wednesday will be crisp but sunny.
Our next snow-maker rolls in by Thursday evening. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Forecast System and several other models spread snow our way into early Friday.
Most models suggest another 1 to 3 inches Thursday night. The Canadian model is more aggressive, and lays out as much as 4 to 5 inches around the Twin Cities metro.
Not so chilly
It’s the irony of a Minnesota winter. When it warms up, it often snows more. Temperatures in the 30s will be more common this weekend into next week. Still plenty cold enough for snow though.
Stories from the twitterverse
Bitcoin and climate change?
— Climate Central (@ClimateCentral) February 20, 2018
Your insurers are way ahead of you on climate change.
Big insurance CEO warns that basements in coastal cities from New York to Mumbai will soon be uninsurablehttps://t.co/tntF4BxtWB
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) February 15, 2018