Another wind chill advisory ... and a record that might be within reach


We Minnesotans have had to endure some seriously cold weather this winter. So couldn't we at least get a spot in the record books for something?

The beat goes on as far as the cold is concerned. The National Weather Service has put the state under a wind chill advisory through 11 a.m. Thursday. Readings will be in the range of 25 to 34 below zero, forecasters say.

And for any Duluthians hoping for a spot in the record books, there might be a breakthrough there, too. The News Tribune reports the Weather Service calculates the Twin Ports are on pace to have more sub-zero days this winter than in any other on record.

Through Wednesday there had already been 50 below-zero days in Duluth. That's good enough for 11th place. And with more bitter cold in the forecast, the record of 59 looks like it might fall.

Also, the Weather Service notes that January 19th was the last time Duluth spent an entire day above zero. That means Thursday is in line to be the 18th consecutive sub-zero day – drawing near the record of 22 straight.

UMD professor Jay Austin alerted Minnesota Public Radio that Lake Superior is already frozen over. In some winters that doesn't happen at all and when it does it's usually a month later than this, Austin writes.

Of course, the rest of the state should not feel left out of the cold. There's plenty to go around. In the Twin Cities, for example, the forecast from WCCO shows lows at or below zero through Monday and no mention of the 20-degree threshold.

Maybe the frigid days will boost 2014 up the charts of coldest Minnesota winters. Even as that bitter January drew to a close, WCCO reported we were only in 27th place.

Perhaps while trudging through these nasty wind chills we can begin rehearsing our reminiscences. "The winter of 2014? Yes, kids, I remember it well. Day after day below zero ..."

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