Global warming to cause -50 deg. F in Minnesota next week?

February 19th, 2014 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

After this next storm system exits the Great Lakes in a couple of days, cold arctic air is going to gradually return to the Eastern U.S., and especially the upper Midwest and Great Lakes.

The 8-day forecast for Thursday night (next week) has -50 deg. F temperatures knocking on the door in Minnesota, and below-freezing temperatures pushing into northern Florida. Awesome GFS model forecast imagery (paywalled) courtesy of our friends at WeatherBELL:

Time to fire up your SUV, sacrifice the groundhog, or something.

8 Responses to “Global warming to cause -50 deg. F in Minnesota next week?”

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  1. RW says:

    Oh boy. I’m ready for Spring.

  2. Jim Cripwell says:

    Just to try and cheer up our neighbours to the south, I am in Ottawa, Canada. We have had, and are having, one of the most pleasant winters I can remember for some time. The prospects for a good maple syrup harvest are excellent. All we need is the right weather in a few weeks time.

  3. policycritic says:

    NPR just said it’s going to be warmer than usual next week with a “threat” of melting snow.

  4. The Warmnistas will absolutely, certainly, undoubtedly, and assuredly claim this as further proof that global warming is happening faster than even they ever imagined!

  5. Thanks, Dr. Spencer.
    “below-freezing temperatures pushing into northern Florida” to be expected for Thursday February 27th 2014?
    That will be the day hell freezes over!

  6. Bill Sparling says:

    Like that has NEVER happened before! Convenient how everyone forgets the periodic freezing that affects the southern US, just like so many other places. For non scientific proof, simply look at the crop reports (citrus) for the past few decades, or even the Farmer’s Almanac.

    (GAD! do those characters take classes in how to avoid thinking!)

    • BBould says:

      (GAD! do those characters take classes in how to avoid thinking!)

      No, they take classes in group think.

    • Curt says:

      True, but then hurricanes, tornadoes, draughts, and other “proof” of “climate change” also have happened in the past and in far greater intensity and duration. So if isolated weather events can “prove” global warming, then it logically follows that they can disprove global warming. In fact, in science, showing just one exception to a theorem disproves it. Oops, I said the L word, my bad.

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