The feature image is taken in Siberia – I would recommend goggles to keep your eyes from freezing. Oymyakon, Russia — already considered the world’s coldest permanently inhabited town — sank to a mind-numbing 88 degrees below zero on Tuesday.
That’s even colder than the average temperature on Mars, which is 80 below zero, according to Space.com.
South of Grand Rapids we have a nice ice encrusted snow cover as the start of a nice base for our next glacier. We have multiple advisories in place this morning plus a warning for heavy freezing spray on lake Michigan. If you have ever watched the Deadliest Catch on TV you have seen what ice buildup can do to vessels.
Winter will be with us in force over the next week or so with cold and snow in the forecast. We will see the chance of lake effect snow increase through the day and clipper systems coming through to bring increasingly colder air east of the Rockies into New England.
The first clipper moves in later today, another Saturday night into Sunday and a synoptic event for Monday and Monday night which could bring in another several inches of snow. After the Monday system moves through we will dip into the single digits with wind chills down to 30 below with more lake effect snow.
Below are the NAM NEST images going through 18z on Saturday – the first is snow accumulation the second is the cold air pouring into the state. The snow model is figuring a 10:1 ratio which would give the lakeshore around five inches with decreasing amounts as it moves eastward. – the Kuchera model (not shown) is showing up to seven inches of snow along the lake shore.
Next we have the GFS models showing our snow and cold persisting on through the first week of February. I would think the groundhog will bite its handlers on Ground Hog day if they drag him out of his warm burrow. We will be hard pressed to break out of the teens. Next Wednesday we will be in the low single digits with wind chills predicted to be 30 below. Snow flake size in these cold temps will be small and any wind will tend to create white outs as it blows around.
After a warmer than normal December, January should end up below normal as will at least the first half of February and perhaps into March. According to Dr. Judah Cohen a research scientist at Atmospheric and Environmental Research “the GFS forecast clearly shows downward propagation of positive polar cap geopotential height anomalies from the stratosphere to the troposphere, the surface AO is predicted to turn decisively negative and high latitude blocking is the norm rather than exception over the next two weeks. Also, warm temperatures are predicted across the North American Arctic including Alaska and Greenland. Therefore, relatively cold temperatures are expected to be widespread across the Northern Hemisphere (NH) including Northern Asia, Northern Europe and Eastern North America. Relatively warm temperatures are also expected in the Barents-Kara seas, the region of the Arctic with the greatest negative sea ice extent anomalies. I would expect the relatively cold pattern to last at a minimum of four weeks and up to eight weeks.”
In the southern hemisphere it is quite the opposite with a heat wave in Australia. https://a.msn.com/r/2/BBSElgp?m=en-us
Wild weather in the U.S. predicted with the intrusion of cold air: https://a.msn.com/r/2/BBSDYiD?m=en-us
First sunrise in 66 days in northern Alaska : https://a.msn.com/r/2/BBSBDdF?m=en-us