Twin Cities have spent equivalent of three weeks below zero

There’s an interesting/depressing map up at the Iowa Environmental Mesonet. Basically it calculates the number of hours an area here in the Upper Midwest has been below zero this winter. “The amount of time is expressed in units of 24 hour days, not the number of days with a sub zero temperature. If you are curious how these numbers compare to what we typically experience during winter, they are about 1.5 to 3 times larger than average. It is interesting to compare Iowa’s totals with those further north of us. It has certainly been bad in Iowa, but it can be so much worse!” Yeah! Like … here!

Or, as Bob Collins at MPR puts it: “It added up all of the hours in which the temperature has been below zero and calculated the total number of days of nothing but below-zero weather. For the Twin Cities, that’s about three weeks. For northern Minnesota, people might as well live underground.”

At Reuters, Danya Skariachan follows news from Best Buy and writes: “The world’s largest consumer electronics chain said it would more aggressively cut annualized costs, by about $1 billion. It originally planned to cut costs by $725 million in North America, a target it has exceeded by $40 million. … the company had further fat to cut and expected the retailer to work on trimming corporate overhead expenses and personalizing its marketing.”

They’ve confiscated the giant trout … Sam Cook of the Duluth News Tribune reports: “A potential ice fishing world-record lake trout caught by a northern Minnesota man earlier this month has been confiscated from a Duluth taxidermist by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The catch is under investigation by enforcement officials with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, officials with the agency said. The fish, which unofficially weighed more than 52 pounds, was confiscated Monday night from Bowe Taxidermy in Duluth.”

Take that! The WCCO-TV story says: “A 28-year-old man faces charges in connection to two robberies in St. Paul Monday night, one in which surveillance images show a customer intervening, kicking the robber in the face. … According to the criminal complaint, a customer saw the robbery taking place and intervened by jumping up on the counter and kicking Hanson in the face.” Kung fu, baby!

Hmmmm … The AP story says: “Newly unsealed documents allege Minnesota war protesters told an undercover FBI informant that they believed in violent, armed revolution against the U.S. and raised money for Colombian and Palestinian organizations the government considers to be terrorists. The documents shed new light on FBI searches of homes of several anti-war activists in 2010. FBI documents suggest agents were looking into potential connections between the activists and foreign groups. No one has ever been charged.”

The tale of the couple dead in an apparent murder-suicide after shooting a deputy sheriff is both strange and sad … Wendy Reuer of the Forum News service says: “The Ramsey County medical examiner has ruled [Devin] Blowers’ death a suicide by gunshot and [Katie Ray] Christopherson’s death a homicide. BCA investigators believe Blowers shot Christopherson, then himself. … The Thompson-Larson Funeral home published a death notice for Blowers on Wednesday. By evening, a Facebook page remembering him as a loving father had been created.”

Charged … as an adult. Chao Xiong of the Strib reports: “The teenage boy who allegedly threw the first punch that knocked out Ray Widstrand last year was certified Wednesday to stand trial as an adult in the brutal attack that nearly cost Widstrand his life. … Witnesses said [Charles K.] Redding came up, seemingly unprovoked, and punched Widstrand about 11:30 p.m. Widstrand fell and never regained consciousness during the attack, witnesses said.”

You may have missed the “intellectual” part … Corey Mitchell of the Strib writes: “Michele Bachmann served as an opening act as the Tea Party Patriots hosted a fifth anniversary party in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. In a speech filled with digs at President Obama and other Democratic leaders, Bachmann drew laughter and applause from a less-than-packed ballroom at a Capitol Hill hotel this morning. ‘The tea party movement at its core is an intellectual movement,’ Bachmann said. ‘These are ideas that I would put up against any ideas in the world.’ ” Like a flat earth and turning lead into gold?

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 02/27/2014 - 04:17 pm.

    Every Teacher and Professor Michelle Bachmann Ever Had

    Must be shaking their heads in shame (or spinning in their graves) at their failure to teach her the difference between the things she believes must CERTAINLY be true, and the reality represented by facts, research, and verifiable evidence.

    But then, again, the entire Tea Party ideology seems to be nothing but a self-reinforcing delusion set into motion by the Koch Bros. and weasel news.

  2. Submitted by Jeff Michaels on 02/27/2014 - 05:29 pm.

    About That Cold Weather

    Why does Brian write that below zero weather is “depressing?” My thinking is that folks, such as Brian, who are concerned about climate change, would be very, very happy that nature has put a stop to global warming.

    I am also curious as to why I have not seen any news stories regarding how happy any of the 97 percent of scientists must be now that it seems the climate might be changing again.

    Gosh, that would be a fascinating article. I am sure our local reporters are right on top of it. I am really looking forward to what they have to say. I am also sure that story will be in the Star Tribune or Pioneer Press any day now.

  3. Submitted by Elsa Mack on 02/27/2014 - 06:03 pm.

    Climate change

    Maybe Brian and the 97% of scientists know something Mr. Michaels does not, such as the difference between one hard winter and a changing climate? It is unusually cold here (and unusually warm elsewhere) because of climate change.

  4. Submitted by jason myron on 02/27/2014 - 06:40 pm.

    Nature has put a stop to it?

    Because it’s cold here? For the umpteenth time, do some research and try and grasp that weather and climate change are not one in the same.

  5. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 02/27/2014 - 08:26 pm.

    It’s called global warming

    because it is an average of temperatures globally, not just for the US.

    Some data from National Climactic Data Center – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


    January 2014 Global temperature highlights

    The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for January was the warmest since 2007 and the fourth warmest for January at 54.8°F (12.7°C), or 1.17°F (0.65°C), above the 20th century average of 53.6°F (12.0°C). The margin of error associated with this temperature is ± 0.14°F (± 0.08°C).

    The global land temperature was the highest since 2007 and the fourth highest on record for January, at 2.11°F (1.17°C) above the 20th century average of 37.0°F (2.8°C). The margin of error is ± 0.32°F (± 0.18°C).

    Some temperature highlights include:

    Spain experienced its warmest January since 1996 and the third warmest since national records began in 1961, with a temperature of 48.2°F (9°C) or 3.6°F (2°C) above the 1971–2000 average.

    France’s nationally-averaged January 2014 temperature was 4.9°F (2.7°C) above the 1981–2010 average, tying with 1988 and 1936 as the warmest January on record.

    The January temperature in Switzerland was 4.3°F (2.4°C) above the 1981–2010 average—the fifth warmest since national records began 150 years ago.

    China, as a whole, recorded an average temperature of 25.9°F (-3.4°C) or 2.9°F (1.6°C) above average during January 2014. This was the second highest January value, behind 2002, since national records began in 1961.

    Warm temperatures engulfed much of Australia during January 2014. Overall, the national average mean temperature was 1.64°F (0.91°C) above the 1961–1990 average. This was the 12th highest January since national records began in 1910. Regionally, the January 2014 temperature ranked among the top 10 warmest in Queensland, Victoria, and South Australia.


    “nature has put a stop to global warming.”

    link, please?

    To emphasize the shaky nature of claims that global warming has gone away you might want to check out what has happened in the Southern Hemisphere recently. For example:

    “The heat wave in Queensland, Australia, caused 100,000 bats to fall from the sky to their deaths.”
    Kangaroos, Emus, Parrots Drop Dead as Australia Sizzles in Record-Breaking Heat Wave link:

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