Extreme cold polar temps descended south over the weekend to bring subzero temperatures and dangerously cold windchills across the Midwest including North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and of course Minnesota -- home base to the SWIFT Weather operations.
We Minnesotans are used to cold weather, but this is one for the recordbooks. As a whole, this winter has been the coldest in decades with several weeks of subzero temperatures.
We woke this morning with temperatures at -18 degrees Farhenheit near Minneapolis and Wind Chill values around -45 degrees. That number is to expected to drop further overnight to -21 degrees F and almost -50 Wind Chill. And Minneapolis isn't the coldest part of the state by a long shot. The further north you go, the colder it gets.
Stay warm and plan ahead if you need to travel anywhere. Stock up on winter gear -- after Christmas is a good time to get deep discounts on winter apparel.
Kasey Cornette, age 11, is one of our most promising young meteorologists and an avid user of Weather Defender. Kasey has prepared the following 2010-2011 Winter Forecast.
"This is my forecast of the winter of 2010 and 2011. I took a variety of forecast models,especialy Weather Defender,and averaged them out:
"I monitord the temeratures over the year,the fruit trees,and the animals gathering them. I thought about some of the things that I had learned.Since it had been such a hot summer with little rain and so much fruit on the the trees that got ripe and started rotting so early, it would be an overall early and below average tempature winter for the plains and Ohio Vally area.Also a later than average winter and above average temperature winter for all of the south,and the far Northeast area.Im expecting the first snowfall to be in the state of Wyomying around September 21st thru 29th.And Omaha Nebraska looks like it could have a pretty bad winter.
"The colors represent this.The light blueish greenish color means a mild winter,the white means cold and snowy,and the pink means bitterly cold and dry. But besides that,it has been a very dry summer here,yet we have had two maijor floods,the first flood we had 7 inches of rain in two days,and the seconed one we got 6 inches of rain in 45 minutes.The water rose 6 inches in 15 minutes in town. small creeks that are usualy 2 inches deep were 10 feet deep to 12 feet deep."
"Dangerously cold wind chills were anticipated in the Midwest overnight, including as low as 35 below in eastern Nebraska, minus 45 in parts of South Dakota and negative 50 in North Dakota, according to National Weather Service warnings." (AP)
Jan 7, 2010: Artic air pushes south from Canada triggering
Wind Chill and Freeze Warnings across the U.S.
Jan 7, 2010: The Upper Midwest is experiencing the brunt of the cold,
with with extreme winds and blowing snow
Don't take any chances today or friday--its going to be fatally cold. At least 7 people have died so far this season, including 4 in Chicago. If you can delay or avoid travel plans through the Midwest, you should do so.
If you must go out in this weather, take it seriously. Have the following in your car:
Most importantly: Stay tuned to emergency broadcasts and know the weather situation for yourself!
Stay safe, and keep an eye out for those who may need your help.
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