Minnesota is having an average to extreme winter... so far

The next couple of weeks will likely change many of our attitudes about our winter so far with plenty of mild temperatures likely to round out our January… what’s typically our coldest month of the year. But overall, according to the Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index (AWSSI), it’s been a harsh winter for some so far. 

Forecast: Falling iguanas in South Florida

The National Weather Service usually sticks to atmospheric weather events, but the agency made a special exception and expanded forecasting criteria to include things falling from above.

Our warm January shows no signs of cooling

The month of January in Minnesota usually consists of mounds of snow, bitter cold, and putting on more clothes than you even knew you had just to keep from shivering. It can be brutal. But this year hasn’t been all that cold.  I realize that warmth, or lack thereof, is in the eye of the beholder. I’m not saying that it hasn’t been cold because who would call 10° warm? But what I am saying, is that by Minnesota standards, our January has been pretty mild… and that is likely to continue.