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No school again for most of Nebraska on Tuesday. Our superintendent said it was tough to get buildings warm today after a 6 hour power outage.  Also, he said busses fuel was gelling. Finally, potential rolling blackouts tonight and Tuesday. This month will go down in the history books.  Potential windchill tomorrow morning of -40 to -50. 

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My kid had a 2hr delay today (and tomorrow)- he said the buses after dropping off the kids stayed put and continued to idle all day until dismissal. Fear was not starting and unable to return kids back home.

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3 minutes ago, Grizzcoat said:

My kid had a 2hr delay today (and tomorrow)- he said the buses after dropping off the kids stayed put and continued to idle all day until dismissal. Fear was not starting and unable to return kids back home.

We have now had 4 days off and 2 late starts in the last 3 weeks and it’s only February 15th. Our worst storms/blizzards occur in the next 2 months. I would bet we will be making up days in May. Busses not starting is a huge concern. I can see why they wouldn’t turn them off. 

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4 minutes ago, OmahaSnowFan said:

Already -15.7 now

Wow, with deep snow cover, clear skies, and light winds the temperature is absolutely tumbling out there... wonder if Omaha will have a shot at the all-time record low temperature of -32? We might end up closer than expected at this rate.  

I noticed the First National Tower downtown went dark tonight to help with the power conservation effort... what a historic arctic outbreak that will be remembered for a long time around a large part of the country. 

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Gee, are Runzas gonna be free tomorrow?

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Severe Weather Stats for Fargo 2020-21

Slight risks: 4 (Last: 8/9)   Enhanced Risks: 0    Moderate Risks: 0

Severe Thunderstorm Watches: 3 (Last: 8/9)   Severe Thunderstorm Warnings: 1 (Last: 6/7)

Tornado Watches: 0    Tornado Warnings: 0

 

Total Snowfall for 2020-2021 @ KFAR: 28.6"            Coldest Low: -25*F (2/15)

 

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1 minute ago, jcwxguy said:

Better question, will runza be open ? Lol

I'd sue. Robbed their customers of a free temperature Tuesday!

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Severe Weather Stats for Fargo 2020-21

Slight risks: 4 (Last: 8/9)   Enhanced Risks: 0    Moderate Risks: 0

Severe Thunderstorm Watches: 3 (Last: 8/9)   Severe Thunderstorm Warnings: 1 (Last: 6/7)

Tornado Watches: 0    Tornado Warnings: 0

 

Total Snowfall for 2020-2021 @ KFAR: 28.6"            Coldest Low: -25*F (2/15)

 

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Clouds last night and again tonight are preventing eastern Iowa from plunging like locations to the west and north.

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season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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An amazing stat I just worked out for KDSM - which I'am sure is true for many reading this.

DEC 20' avg temp was  +3.3F     3.3*31= +102.3

Jan 21' avg temp was +3.8F       3.8F*31 = +117.8

sooo--- FEB would need 102.3+117.8 = -220.1 to get to normal

Through the 15th- avg temp is -18.7F (compared to normal)

-18.7 * 15 = 280.5

so unless something drastically changes- this extreme cold and it's length has completely FLIPPED the winter from running 3.5F above normal to likely 2 below normal when this cold blast wraps up mid to late week.

That's amazing.

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A PWS that I'am watching near Guthrie Center,IA (thank for the link btw of whoever posted the ambient wx link) has dropped 8 degrees in less than 2 hours.   -9F to -17F.

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41 minutes ago, Grizzcoat said:

An amazing stat I just worked out for KDSM - which I'am sure is true for many reading this.

DEC 20' avg temp was  +3.3F     3.3*31= +102.3

Jan 21' avg temp was +3.8F       3.8F*31 = +117.8

sooo--- FEB would need 102.3+117.8 = -220.1 to get to normal

Through the 15th- avg temp is -18.7F (compared to normal)

-18.7 * 15 = 280.5

so unless something drastically changes- this extreme cold and it's length has completely FLIPPED the winter from running 3.5F above normal to likely 2 below normal when this cold blast wraps up mid to late week.

That's amazing.

Wow flip the scrip because of one month?! That is amazing. We had a stretch in January where we had consecutive days of 50+.  

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2 hours ago, Grizzcoat said:

An amazing stat I just worked out for KDSM - which I'am sure is true for many reading this.

DEC 20' avg temp was  +3.3F     3.3*31= +102.3

Jan 21' avg temp was +3.8F       3.8F*31 = +117.8

sooo--- FEB would need 102.3+117.8 = -220.1 to get to normal

Through the 15th- avg temp is -18.7F (compared to normal)

-18.7 * 15 = 280.5

so unless something drastically changes- this extreme cold and it's length has completely FLIPPED the winter from running 3.5F above normal to likely 2 below normal when this cold blast wraps up mid to late week.

That's amazing.

I'm a #'s guy and that is a remarkable feat to accomplish.  Wow, that's an impressive Flip...this has been a tremendous victory for many snow/cold winter enthusiasts IMO.  Locally, I never would have thought it would come at this kinda of magnitude.  Literally, all the pieces to the puzzle in the atmosphere came together for a large portion of the Plains/MW this year.  I'm hopeful this bucked the trend for better winters in the coming years.

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2 hours ago, Grizzcoat said:

A PWS that I'am watching near Guthrie Center,IA (thank for the link btw of whoever posted the ambient wx link) has dropped 8 degrees in less than 2 hours.   -9F to -17F.

That was me😁

Pretty cool network of stations. You sometimes have to be carefully with accuracy of the people’s stations though. They’re really well calibrated temp wise but you’ll see stations with barometer readings way off etc. Of course it’s hard to know if they have a good location too for their setup. I remember when I first set mine up, I mounted it to the fence and used the mounting pole with it. I noticed the temps ran warm during the day. The model of Ambient station I got is sensitive enough that it was picking up heat coming off the wood fence below it when the sun was hitting the fence directly. I bought a 3 foot extension pole and don’t have that problem anymore. 
They’re good stations. Cost about $150 and are a nice alternative to the Davis brand.

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^^^Crazy how fickle cold air is. One thing I have learned over the years is that anything over the top of the temp sensor- say under a deck, even under a tree or vegetation how much warmer a sensor will read. Don't believe me? Have someone watch your temp display and go out and hold a piece of cardboard above it for several minutes- the observer will notice a temp rise. Or do it yourself with a Kestrel etc.... ON a cold night like tonight it's 3-7F off - if not more.

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-33F right now at LE,MARS IOWA- just NE of Sioux City. This is the coldest I've seen in IA this outbreak. -31 yday from COOP observer also in NW IA.  

METAR: KLRJ 160735Z AUTO 00000KT 10SM CLR M36/M39 A3022 RMK AO2

 

 

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-25 or so here this morning. By far the coldest temp I've ever felt! This is just such a raw cold that it almost doesn't feel cold, much different than what I'm used to. KLNK is -26 at the hour but has dropped as low as -31! All time record low is -33 and this would be 2nd place. Quite the change after not dropping to -20 in 25 yrs. Not the best representation of the city lol but I see a few PWS on the outskirts of the city are reporting -30 rn.

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Snowfall in Lincoln, NE:

2017-18: 21.4"  

2018-19: 55.5"   

2019-20: 17.6"   

2020-21: 49.4" 

Average: 25.9"

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I actually had -21 1F before pic, but really no diff. 2nd coldest  at my place, really close I think to 1st place since Dec 2002.

 

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1 hour ago, snowstorm83 said:

-25 or so here this morning. By far the coldest temp I've ever felt! This is just such a raw cold that it almost doesn't feel cold, much different than what I'm used to. KLNK is -26 at the hour but has dropped as low as -31! All time record low is -33 and this would be 2nd place. Quite the change after not dropping to -20 in 25 yrs. Not the best representation of the city lol but I see a few PWS on the outskirts of the city are reporting -30 rn.

Calm winds and dry air, add some sun and it can feel deceptively less cold than it actually is at -30, for a short time. 

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Had a co-worker back in the day now passed on - that was  a  Weather Observer in Delta Junction AK. He said -40 with calm winds was like Miami compared to -10F and 20mph winds. He also told me of friends that had lived in both ND and AK and MUCH preferred the winter of AK to ND based on real feel. Makes sense to me and those that really "feel" the cold.

 

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