It's really cold but it could be worse

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- If it feels historically cold to you, you're not alone. But are you correct? The answer is probably.

"Right now we're 9 and a half degrees below normal for the month. If we keep this kind of weather around, yeah, we'll probably be in the top 10 coldest Decembers ever. Normal would feel really warm if we could get it back," Pete Boulay with the MN State Climatology office explained.

Boulay says we've had several days where we are 15 or 20 degrees below the average for this time of year.

But it could be worse. We go back to Christmas of 1996, when the temperature was 25 below, and that's not factoring in the wind chill. If we go back 30 years, we arrive at the coldest winter on record.

"We had days in a row of minus 11 or colder for a high temperature (again, not factoring the wind chill)," Boulay said. KARE 11 dug into the archive system and found a story filed by Bernie Grace, in which he said "with the wind chill at times down around 50 below, this is weather that calls for layers of clothing."

Maybe the weather was worse just a few months ago, on Aug. 26 of this year, when we hit 97 degrees and humid out at the state fair.

"Today, we're about 100 degrees colder than that," Boulay said.

The climatologist took us down in the old weather bunker at the U, and gave us a peek at the current soil temperature they were monitoring.

"If you go underground, about 15 feet, it's in the lower to middle 50s," he said with a smile.

50s are not far away.

Som while we might not be setting and single day records, we're much colder than normal.

So yeah, you're correct; this feels a little bit more miserable in the metro.

"It's kind of a shock to the system to have this cold this early, my car broke down," Boulay concluded.


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