Odds & ends

Some numbers you may find interesting this morning and some you may want to forget!

Today is day 20 below zero in the metro this winter. The season average is 30 days at zero or below in the metro. Hopefully we won't get there this year. The jet stream will lift mercifully north this weekend giving us a weekend thaw. It may hit 40 in parts of western Minnesota Sunday, and maybe even in the Twin Cities if everything goes just right. Next week looks milder too. The likelihood of sub zero air decreases dramatically over the next two weeks.

NOAA says January snow cover in the U.S. was the most in 43 years. La Nina is probably the culprit. Pacific SST's are running anywhere from 2 to more than 4 degrees below average, prompting the CPC to call this a "moderate to strong" La Nina. It appears this is the 3rd strongest La Nina since 1979.

CPC ENSO discussion

Our moon will disappear Wednesday night when a total lunar eclipse occurs. It will be visible in all of North America, beginning in the metro at 7:43pm and ending at 11:09pm. Totality will run from 9:01pm to 9:52pm, a total of 51 minutes!

Minnesota Starwatch eclipse info

It should be clear to partly cloudy if you're brave enough to bear the cold!

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