Are we done with subzero temperatures?

- This is one of my most frequently asked questions.  Unfortunately, it can be just as hard to predict as everything else.  I think we can all agree that winters in Minnesota are bearable as long as that thermometer stays above zero.  Once we drop to subzero levels, standing outside for more than a few minutes isn’t much fun.  But if you look at this winter so far, it’s been pretty easy…

So far, we have had just 10 days with subzero temperatures.  Now, this does not factor in the wind chill, so I’m sure there were days that felt just as cold.  But this can be a pretty good judge of just how bad the winter was.  Last year, we had nearly triple the number of subzero days and two years ago, we had over 50! So, I know what you’re thinking, “We have only seen a few subzero days so far and we are now past the coldest part of winter, so we have to be done.”  NOT NECESSARILY! For example, there have been years with dozens of subzero low days in December and January, and then all of a sudden we have a pattern shift in early February, and we don’t get another.  There have also been relatively mild years where we get through much of the winter with just a few subzero days, and then get a string of them in March.  So it just depends on the overall weather pattern at the time.