Meteorologically speaking, its all about averages. What is recorded in the record books as "Average", doesn't seem to direct the mercury in our thermometers. The Twin Cities has seen a temperature of 0° or below as late as March 31st, a date in which the average low is 30°. However, in a state where the winters can be long and draining, a lot of us will need to look forward to something. So, for those of you looking for the homestretch, it has "statistically" arrived.
Our average high in the metro went from 23° to 24° on January 19th and our average low in the metro will go from 7° to 8° on January 26th. So, if you average it out, that means, our coldest day, before it starts to get statistically warmer, is JANUARY 22nd! Check out the below cross section of the January climate page from http://climate.umn.edu/ . You can see that "Temperature-Wise", the worse is behind us.
Funny, we arrived at the coldest day by averaging the dates from when the average highs and low for the Twin Cities stop falling. That day of January 22nd, just happens to be the date of the coldest day ever in the Metro.
TWIN CITIES COLDEST DAY EVER
JANUARY 22, 1936
HIGH: -17° LOW: -34°
I hope this gives those of you counting down to spring some extra momentum. Keep in mind that these are averages and there is still about a third of winter left to go. By the way, January is our snowiest month.
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