Present Climate Conditions


Alberta Clipper and Cold: January 12-13, 2009

A strong Alberta Clipper dropped a swath of one to four inches of snow across central and southern Minnesota on Monday, January 12. The highest total found was 6.8 inches at Red Wing. The Twin Cities International Airport reported 4.7 inches of snow. which makes this storm the largest snow event of the 2008-09 winter season so far at the Twin Cities Airport.

After the snow was over very frigid air swooped into the state and brought the lowest temperature readings so far this season. The -18 reported at the Twin Cities International Airport on January 13 was the coldest minimum since January 30, 2004 when the mercury plummeted to -24. Extreme cold temperatures have been fairly rare in recent years in the Twin Cities with January 13th being only the second time in the 2000's that there has been a low of -18 or colder.

International Falls set a record low of -40, breaking the old record of -36 that was set in 1979. The coldest air temperature minimum found in the state was Embarrass with -44.

Below are Public Information Statements on the storm from the National Weather Service.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
959 AM CST TUE JAN 13 2009

...MINIMUM WIND CHILLS DURING MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY
MORNING...

AN ARCTIC AIR MASS FLOODED INTO THE REGION ON MONDAY NIGHT INTO
TUESDAY AFTER THE PASSAGE OF AN ALBERTA CLIPPER SYSTEM. THE BELOW
LISTS ARE OF THE TOP FIVE LOWEST WIND CHILLS OBSERVED FOLLOWED BY
ALL THE SITE-SPECIFIC LOWEST WIND CHILLS. THESE WERE COMPILED FROM
TOP OF THE HOUR OBSERVATIONS AT AUTOMATED STATIONS AND LOWER WIND
CHILLS MAY HAVE BEEN OBSERVED BETWEEN THESE READINGS.


LOWEST WIND CHILLS ACROSS THE AREA

RANK   SITE                    WIND CHILL               TIME
------------------------------------------------------------
1.     GLENWOOD MN                -46                   5 AM
2.     MORRIS MN                  -45                   5 AM
3.     ALEXANDRIA MN              -43                   5 AM
3T.    ST CLOUD MN                -43                   6 AM
5.     BENSON MN                  -42                   6 AM
5T.    PRINCETON MN               -42                   7 AM


LOWEST WIND CHILLS OBSERVED BY SITE

SITE                           WIND CHILL               TIME
------------------------------------------------------------
ALBERT LEA MN                     -40                   6 AM
ALEXANDRIA MN                     -43                   5 AM
APPLETON MN                       -39                   6 AM
BENSON MN                         -42                   6 AM
BLAINE MN                         -36                   7 AM
BUFFALO MN                        -33                   6 AM
CANBY MN                          -35                   5 AM
EAU CLAIRE WI                     -28                   8 AM
EDEN PRAIRIE MN                   -34                   7 AM
FAIRMONT MN                       -38                   5 AM
FARIBAULT MN                      -34                   5 AM
GLENCOE MN                        -39                   7 AM
GLENWOOD MN                       -46                   5 AM
GRANITE FALLS MN                  -38                   4 AM
LADYSMITH WI                      -29                   7 AM
LAKEVILLE MN                      -40                   7 AM
LITCHFIELD MN                     -39                   7 AM
LITTLE FALLS MN                   -31                   2 AM
LONG PRAIRIE MN                   -38                   2 AM
MADISON MN                        -37                   5 AM
MANKATO MN                        -35                   4 AM
MENOMONIE WI                      -28                   9 AM
MINNEAPOLIS MN                    -33                   8 AM
MONTEVIDEO MN                     -34                   3 AM
MORA MN                           -29                   2 AM
MORRIS MN                         -45                   5 AM
NEW RICHMOND WI                   -29                   8 AM
NEW ULM MN                        -35                  12 AM
OLIVIA MN                         -38                   7 AM
OSCEOLA WI                        -33                   8 AM
OWATONNA MN                       -37                   5 AM
PAYNESVILLE MN                    -36                   2 AM
PRINCETON MN                      -42                   7 AM
RED WING MN                       -31                   7 AM
REDWOOD FALLS MN                  -34                   5 AM
RICE LAKE WI                      -30                   5 AM
ST CLOUD MN                       -43                   6 AM
ST JAMES MN                       -34                   5 AM
ST PAUL MN                        -35                   8 AM
STAPLES MN                        -36                  10 PM
TRACY MN                          -35                   2 AM
WASECA MN                         -35                   4 AM
WILLMAR MN                        -39                   4 AM




PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
0840 AM CST TUE 13 JAN 2009


MORNING TEMPERATURES AROUND THE NORTHLAND FOR JANUARY 13 2009.


   NORTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA

CITY               TMP
BAUDETTE          -36
FLAG ISLAND       -35
INTL FALLS        -40
WASKISH           -35
BIG FORK          -38
LONGVILLE         -33
GRAND RAPIDS      -26
CRANE LAKE        -36
ORR               -33
ORR 3E            -37
COOK              -36
BABBITT           -42
EMBARRASS         -44
KABETOGAMA        -35
NORTHOME          -36
DULUTH NWS        -26
DULUTH HARBOR     -18
DULUTH AIRPORT    -23
FLOODWOOD         -36


NORTHWESTERN WISCONSIN

HAYWARD           -28
ASHLAND           -17
MADELINE ISLAND   -15
GORDON RGR. STN.  -25
UPSON             -13




RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE WAS SET THIS MORNING AT INTERNATIONAL FALLS
-40 TODAY...COMPARED TO 1979 MOST RECENTLY WHEN IT WAS -36.



PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
751 AM CST TUE JAN 13 2009

...SNOWFALL TOTALS FROM MONDAY JANUARY 12TH...

A STRONG ALBERTA CLIPPER PRODUCED SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW ACROSS
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA INTO FAR WESTERN WISCONSIN DURING
MONDAY JANUARY 12TH.

THE TOTALS BELOW ARE SEPARATED INTO SNOW...AND ICE AND SLEET
CATEGORIES...THEN BY AMOUNT...AND ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE
FINAL AMOUNT FOR EACH LOCATION.


SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT

 INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME
 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
  6.80   RED WING                 MN  GOODHUE          0811 PM
  6.50   5 S FARMINGTON           MN  DAKOTA           0712 PM
  6.00   FARMINGTON               MN  DAKOTA           0409 PM
  5.80   DURAND                   WI  PEPIN            0826 PM
  5.80   LAKEVILLE                MN  DAKOTA           0851 PM
  5.50   NEW MARKET               MN  SCOTT            0744 PM
  5.30   CHASKA                   MN  CARVER           0400 PM
  4.70   MINNEAPOLIS              MN  HENNEPIN         0600 PM
  4.50   2 SW PRINSBURG           MN  KANDIYOHI        0241 PM
  4.50   ANDOVER                  MN  ANOKA            0438 PM
  4.30   CHANHASSEN               MN  CARVER           0600 PM
  4.30   HASTINGS                 MN  DAKOTA           0641 PM
  4.10   WACONIA                  MN  CARVER           0300 PM
  4.10   ST PAUL                  MN  RAMSEY           0450 PM
  4.00   HUTCHINSON               MN  MCLEOD           0141 PM
  4.00   1 WSW MADISON            MN  LAC QUI PARLE    0215 PM
  4.00   3 NE FARIBAULT           MN  RICE             0241 PM
  4.00   FARIBAULT                MN  RICE             0331 PM
  4.00   PRIOR LAKE               MN  SCOTT            0357 PM
  4.00   PRESCOTT                 WI  PIERCE           0442 PM
  4.00   RICHFIELD                MN  HENNEPIN         0443 PM
  4.00   GLENCOE                  MN  MCLEOD           0516 PM
  3.80   4 N BURNSVILLE           MN  HENNEPIN         0338 PM
  3.80   NEW HOPE                 MN  HENNEPIN         0444 PM
  3.70   CREDIT RIVER             MN  SCOTT            0241 PM
  3.70   WEST ST PAUL             MN  DAKOTA           0427 PM
  3.60   HASTINGS                 MN  DAKOTA           0313 PM
  3.50   BELGRADE                 MN  STEARNS          0139 PM
  3.50   MURDOCK                  MN  SWIFT            0400 PM
  3.30   WOODBURY                 MN  WASHINGTON       0505 PM
  3.20   ALBERT LEA               MN  FREEBORN         0949 PM
  3.20   ANOKA                    MN  ANOKA            0346 PM
  3.20   FRIDLEY                  MN  ANOKA            0500 PM
  3.20   MENOMONIE                WI  DUNN             0839 PM
  3.10   EAU CLAIRE               WI  EAU CLAIRE       0931 PM
  3.00   GLENCOE                  MN  MCLEOD           1241 PM
  3.00   ZUMBROTA                 MN  GOODHUE          1253 PM
  3.00   MANKATO                  MN  BLUE EARTH       0136 PM
  3.00   ST JAMES                 MN  WATONWAN         0216 PM
  3.00   LITCHFIELD               MN  MEEKER           0241 PM
  3.00   2 N MENOMONIE            WI  DUNN             0555 PM
  3.00   ST PAUL                  MN  RAMSEY           0850 PM
                 MEASURED AT COMO PARK
  2.80   NORTH ST PAUL            MN  RAMSEY           0612 PM
  2.50   WASECA                   MN  WASECA           0430 PM
  2.30   2 ENE MINNESOTA LAKE     MN  BLUE EARTH       0641 PM
  2.00   WINTHROP                 MN  SIBLEY           0558 PM
  1.80   SAUK RAPIDS              MN  BENTON           0242 PM
  1.80   CONNORSVILLE             WI  DUNN             0807 PM
  1.60   JIM FALLS                WI  CHIPPEWA         0923 PM
  1.50   1 NNW ST FRANCIS         MN  ANOKA            0259 PM
  1.50   5 NE FOREST LAKE         MN  CHISAGO          0640 PM
  1.00   LITTLE FALLS             MN  MORRISON         0113 PM
  1.00   2 SW CHISAGO CITY        MN  CHISAGO          0216 PM
  0.80   7 S HILLMAN              MN  MORRISON         0900 PM


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