N-n-nippy 2010 thus far, with one exception

The bank thermometers read –28, –25 and –23 degrees F. at 7 am this morning. Carleton’s Weather page was showing –22.5.

Carleton College Temperature Plot, Jan. 2010We’ve been below zero since New Year’s Day around 4 pm but yesterday morning around 7 am, the temperature was considerably warmer… above boiling, actually.  What was going on over there at Carleton? (A tip-of-the-blogger hat to Brendon Etter, Textbook Manager at the Carleton College Bookstore for the alert.)


  1. Apparently, global warming came on with a vengeance, burned itself out trying way too hard to impress us, looked around, saw it was no longer welcome in Minnesota, debated for a few minutes with an Alberta Clipper, and left despondently, dragging its warm front between its tumultuous legs…

    January 3, 2010
  2. Well, Brendon works at Carleton, so of course it is always hotter there. (One interpretion: he warms things up with his vibrant personality.)

    January 3, 2010
  3. Kathie Galotti said:

    Griff: Given your interesting love of massive snowfall totals, I’m curious if you are also a big fan of the “several decades below zero” temperatures we’ve been waking to? I’m wondering if you’re in the “Wow! It’s invigorating!” camp?

    January 3, 2010
  4. It was just a short reminder that, while it is a new year, global warming continues to need our attention. 

    January 3, 2010
  5. FYI, it was minus 40 when John North went to get Ann North from their home in St. Anthony in January of 1856 to move to the town he founded here in 1855.
    Also, I must correct post two: interpretation not interpretion. I see that Firefox underlines the misspelling while Internet Explorer does not…

    January 3, 2010
  6. John North wrote his father-in-law on Jan. 6, 1856:”We are comfortably settled in our new home which you may have learned before this bears the euphonious cognomen of Northfield.” (Brendon will like those words.)”We arrived here last Thursday as cold a day as the coldest we had last winter.” It took a day and a half to come from St. Anthony by horse and sleigh with Ann and children, “all wrapped up.” He mentions the temperature as “25 degrees below zero” and “two weeks ago the temperature was at 44 degrees below zero at St. Paul by a spirit thermometer.” It is the “coldest winter I have ever seen in the Territory. But we do not freeze and we enjoy ourselves finely.”

    So, Northfielders, brace up to the cold and enjoy yourselves finely, as our founder did in 1856.

    January 4, 2010
  7. Griff Wigley said:

    Kathie, I like weather extremes of any kind… for a while, anyway.

    John North rocks! Thanks for that history, Susan.

    January 5, 2010
  8. Kathie Galotti said:

    Poor Griff! A moderation of this crappy icy freeze-your-ass-off weather is apparently coming next week. Hope you can muddle through it somehow! 🙂

    January 8, 2010
  9. Griff Wigley said:

    As long as the temp remains a few degrees below freezing, I’m a happy camper, Kathie.

    January 10, 2010

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