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February outlook

January 31, 2014


  January 2014 was a character builder. In the Twin Cities, our average temperature for the month was 7.6 degrees below normal, and we saw measurable snow on 13 days. Our snowfall total at MSP airport was 22.7 inches, making it the snowiest January since we shoveled 33.1 inches back in 1999. We made the top ten…January 2014 ranks as the seventh snowiest January in Twin Cities history, based on records going back to 1885.

   We had only 8 days with high temps above 32 degrees, and endured some memorably cold nights….below zero low temps were recorded on 20 days! Our warmest temp was 40 degrees on January 12th, and our coldest temp was 23 below zero on January 6th. Our high temperature on the 6th struggled to reach 12 below zero!  I hope we find that fact amusing in a few months.

  Looking ahead, the February temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service shows a strong tendency for below normal temperatures over Minnesota and Wisconsin:


  The outlook doesn’t mean that every day in February will be unusually cold, but the average temp for the entire month is likely to be below normal.    

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