This whole negative talk started back on December 5th when we hit 0° for a low temperature here in the Twin Cities. Little did we know that zero, another zero, and 42 sub-zero numbers would become the talk of the town come Valentine's Day. The pattern seems to be changing for a while with the jet stream moving back to the north where it belongs. However, the jet stream's southern journey has left us with more negative experiences then we care to remember. Here is a recap of one of the coldest winters in recent memory. Keep in mind, winter is far from over.
Lets start off with the actual dates of the zero or colder lows that started back in early December, as it looks more impressive when expressed graphically.
I find it funny how a bunch of zeros can add up to something significant, those years of calculus weren't a waste of time after all. If you counting the days, you should have come up with two zeros and forty two subzero temperatures on those graphs. That frigid tally of 45 zero or colder Twin City mornings puts us in the record books. Check out the list below to see the 2013-2014 rank of at or below zero days.
(1) 1875 68 (2) 1887 58 (3)1888 57 (4) 1873 56 (5) 1978 53 (6) 1917 51 (7) 1936 50
(8) 1884 49 , 1965 49 (9) 1883 48 , 1899 48 , 1904 48 , 1962 48 , 1962 48
(10) 1885 47 , 1977 47 , 1979 47 (11) 1918 46 , 1951 46 , 1982 46
(12) 1893 45 , 2014 45* *as of February 11
If being 12th on the list of most zero or colder lows is not impressive enough then try this list out for size.
Our recent run of at or below 0° was 17 days long and puts us into a 3 way tie for 7th place. The longest stretch of consecutive 0° or colder temperatures is a run of 36 back in 1936. I think its safe to say that the "36 in 36" is a record that will stand for at least another winter season.
We definitely know that winter is not over yet so we can easily add a few zeros to this list. However, as we just experienced over the past three months, the jet-stream likes to stay put for a while. So lets hope that this is it because the latest that we have seen 0° or colder is March 31st.
THE SUB-SERO STORY
The above blog is all about hitting 0° or colder in a winter season. Now, a lot of you may be wondering about just the negative numbers. Here is a list of the amount of times we have had SUB-ZERO lows here in the Twin Cities this winter season, compared with a few historical facts. Funny, its almost the same, we just have to subtract 2 goose-eggs.
This has been a crazy winter season so far so anything is possible. Now stay above zero Mother Nature so I don't have to rewrite this blog down the road.
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