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20 Dec 2017 10:29

what makes me sad is always to see the north pole with red-orange colors....it's always above average... :(
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20 Dec 2017 13:02

The average is often the 1961-1990 average, which was a cold period in the arctic (also colder than the 1931-1960 average).  When this month is over Svalbard airport will have had its 85th consecutive month with an average temperature above the 1961-1990 normal.  And today at 79°N north a temperature of +2.6 °C was measured.  The sun only reaches 13 degrees below the horizon there these days, i.e. noon is pitch black apart from a faint greenish hint of twilight near the southern horizon.
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20 Dec 2017 13:46

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So its looking like this Christmas will be in the top 10 for coldest holidays for the Minneapolis area, with highs in the -10° F realms. Looking forward to it!

Reminds me of when I would sometimes encounter lifeterras in SE with an average air temperature of -10° F... :D

I envy you! I can't remember the last time we had a cold christmas (I'm guessing probably 2009). And I'm supposed to live in a cold country...
 
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20 Dec 2017 14:35

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Source of the post  can't remember the last time we had a cold christmas (I'm guessing probably 2009)

December 2010 (including Christmas) was very cold in much of Scandinavia.  Before that Christmas in 2002 was very cold, IIRC.

Mild spells in December are common in Scandinavia.  Norwegian even has an own word for a mild spell in December, "kakelinne", from the belief that the cause was all the baking for Christmas.  So most Christmases are somewhat warmer than average which is offset by the occasional very cold Christmas.  The average temperature is a bit misleading.  We should perhaps speak of the median temperature instead.
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20 Dec 2017 18:16

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Source of the post And today at 79°N north a temperature of +2.6 °C was measured.  The sun only reaches 13 degrees below the horizon there these days, i.e. noon is pitch black apart from a faint greenish hint of twilight near the southern horizon.

I would love to experience a few days or weeks of that.
 
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21 Dec 2017 05:53

last time we had snow is almost 3 years ago. i miss it so much, and i want to see it again as long as i am still young. in average snow falls here every 2 years out of 3 years for 1 day atleast. but now it is almost 3 winters in row without snow. the models show a good trend for the start of january for atleast 3 days. i know the range is very far and will change alot as you Watsisname, said. but a man can dream:
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21 Dec 2017 10:21

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Source of the post I would love to experience a few days or weeks of that.

I would definitely recommend that.  It's very different from the polar night in mainland Norway, or Alaska, where there are several hours of twilight every day (and where only Venus and a few stars can be seen, and no aurora). There's only one place with easy access (daily flights) that can offer a proper starry sky and aurora at noon.  Luckily for me it's a domestic flight and a single work related trip to the US west coast earns me sufficient points for one free return ticket to Longyearbyen. :)

For a stay of a week it's best to start/end the stay a couple of days after/before full moon to experience the darkness as well as the moonshine which makes it much easier to leave the town lights.
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02 Jan 2018 08:38

if it will continue like that, will it be the coldest winter in east coast for a long time?
there is a trend that continue all way to next week (long range and can change):
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02 Jan 2018 09:04

Polar Express is early this year. Brrrrr!!
 
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02 Jan 2018 12:12

Sounds about right. It is usually around January where we get a brief thaw for a week or two here in Minnesota. :)
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02 Jan 2018 12:16

While the US east is cold, much of Siberia is mild.

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08 Jan 2018 00:57

This is a pretty satellite image taken Sunday. Two major storms hitting Norway.  The one seen slamming into central Norway was a powerful hurricane which gave gusts over land measured as high as 54.8 m/s.  The storm in the Norwegian sea is currently bashing Northern Norway.

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08 Jan 2018 12:12

I've heard on the news that snow fell in Sahara recently. It was strange to hear that, but not much surprised to be honest. I've searched on the internet to hear if it is true, and found out that this is third time to happen in 40 years. It happened in town Ain Sefra, Algeria. 
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And also, as I was searching for this snow, I found that same thing happened in 2016, and some other dates which is pretty close to this one. So, I think it's not that rare to snow here. But it's still Sahara, and there shouldn't be snow like this.
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08 Jan 2018 19:44

Deserts can have large temperature swings as Midts and I experienced in central Oregon, and Ain Sefra is the same latitude as Dallas Texas, where it also snows.  So I don't think it's too surprising.  Perhaps more surprising than that it can snow there is that there can be precipitation there.
 
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08 Jan 2018 21:22

Well, it's cold even here in Israel, but there is some pleasant rain (I live in the desert).

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