That's right, it was cold during the first 2 months of meteorological winter, but just how cold. Well, if you have been following along over the last couple of weeks, you know that we haven't seen persistent cold like this in a while. Not a single daily temperature record was broken in the metro, but it was the coldest Dec/Jan combo in 30 years with average temperatures close to zero. That's pretty impressive considering the metros sprawl has created a good urban heat island. Below are 3 charts developed by the National Weather Service. They graph temperatures based on December and January since records began in MSP in the late 1800's. This first graph shows the average high temperatures for the 2 months over the last 142 years.
The second graph shows the average low temperatures for the 2 month period over the last 142 years.
The third graph shows the overall mean temperature for the 2 month period over the last 142 years.
This ranks as the 17th coldest December/January combo in history and the coldest since 1984. Hopefully February brings us better news, but the first week isn't turning out to be much warmer.