Climatologist Mark Seeley talks frigid start to the new year

Sea smoke rises from Lake Superior
Sea smoke rises from Lake Superior on a subzero morning near Two Harbors, Minn., on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022.
Photo courtesy of Owen Dickinson

It’s a cold start to the new year with most climate stations around the state reporting subzero temperatures, some even record-setting.

Over 30 climate stations have reported at least one minimum temperature reading of negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit or colder so far this month.

The subzero readings are likely to continue in many places from Sunday to Tuesday, with several days of moderating temperatures expected to follow.

Despite the very frigid start to 2022, the coldest month on record in Minnesota happened 110 years ago. January 1912 began with 12 or more consecutive days of below zero temperatures — a type of arctic cold often observed above 70 degrees north latitude.

Retired University of Minnesota climatologist and meteorologist Mark Seeley joined Cathy Wurzer to discuss the subzero cold snap.

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