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Eighth warmest January

January 31, 2012

   I’ve crunched the numbers, and today’s high of 45 in the Twin Cities increased our average monthly temperature a bit. It won’t be official until midnight tonight, but this January should replace 1933 as the eighth warmest January in Twin Cities history. You can see the list of the warmest Januarys in our “modern day” record at the Minnesota State Climatology Office website: http://climate.umn.edu/doc/twin_cities/january_msp_rank.htm  Update Feb1: NWS lists average monthly temperature for January 2012 as 23.3 degrees. That makes it the eighth warmest January In Twin Cities history.
    Our warm winter has saved all of us some money on our heating bills, but it has been frustrating for many cross-country skiers, snowmobilers and ice-fishing fans.  I saw fewer than normal ice-fishing houses out on Lake Minnetonka this (Tuesday) afternoon. This was the view looking out from Excelsior Commons Park:

   Winter isn’t over, but there aren’t any signs of a severe cold snap or a snowstorm over the next 7 days.

 

 

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