Terry’s Take: All-time record cold next week?

Posted on: 10:32 pm, December 31, 2013, by

Terry Swails Weather Blog

My goodness everybody, I’ve never seen this on a model before so I felt obliged to share it with you . The 18z GFS ( a US. forecast model) is predicting a low of 31 below in the Quad Cities Wednesday January, 8th. (-32 in Davenport and -33 in Dubuque) This would be brutal but big news as the all-time coldest temperature ever recorded in the Quad Cities is 28 below February 3rd, 1996. During that outbreak temperatures stayed below zero for 120 consecutive hours from January 30th to February 4th. That should give you a pretty good idea of what type of air mass we are taking about. Very, very rare…maybe once every 30 years do we approach such intense levels of extreme cold.

GFS FORECAST LOWS JANUARY 8th
GFS FORECAST LOWS JANUARY 8th

Here’s a wider view of the the lows forecast around the Midwest that morning.

REGIONAL LOWS FORECAST JANUARY 8th
REGIONAL LOWS FORECAST JANUARY 8th

Again, this is just a forecast and to achieve temperatures such as this radiational cooling would have to be maximized. Clear skies, calm winds, dry dense air, and at least 6″ of relatively fresh snow. Even if the model is off 10 degrees we are still looking at 21 below. That is not a pretty picture and I won’t be disappointed one bit if this forecast fails!

5 comments

  • No worries, Al Gore and that agenda-driven propaganda organ known as the IPCC assure us that global temperatures will only rise, year after year, like the handle of a hockey stick. Don’t listen to the reports of a second level of record antarctic sea ice that is befuddling “climatologists”, and that has a ship full of them stuck in — wait for it — antarctic sea ice. Slather on the sun lotion, and get out there and work on your tan

  • Mike novak says:

    The ignorance shown by some as to what climate change is and how it can result in COLDER temps is mind boggling.

  • Steve Kratz says:

    Oh, first it’s warming, greenhouse gasses, temps climb, etc. Conveniently it’s change (and hope) for the numbskulls that tow the liberal line to the ends of the earth.

  • Scott kashmarek says:

    Yeah, it’s always good to blame a political party than take responsibility and then stick your head in the sand.

  • Bdcool1956 says:

    That’s only 50 degrees different than your 8 day forecast says

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