Chris Shaffer was raised in Stillwater, Minn. He left our great state for four years to attend the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he earned degrees in Meteorology and Mass Communications.
Chris is a proud member of the American Meteorological Society and has been awarded the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation. You may have seen him over the years doing the weather on television at KMSP FOX9 and WFTC/UPN 29. You may have also heard him on KOOL108, BOB100, 104.1 The Point, Cities 97, K102 or KTLK.
It is no wonder why Chris is so passionate about Minnesota weather. His great uncle Wilbur was struck and killed by lightning while farming in southern Minnesota in the summer of 1952.
His family vehicle was once chased by a tornado near Maplewood, Minn. and one December on the way to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, his family spent the night snowed in at a church in Winthrop, Minn., praying the blizzard would let up so they could get to Redwood Falls and open their presents the next morning.
Chris loves the weather because it is always changing and is a constant challenge, much like raising his three daughters, who are as loud as a thunderstorm, pretty as a sunset and strong as a straight-line wind.
I’m not talking about my beloved music again; I’m referring to another cold one tonight.
The coldest air so far this season is upon us. We are in wind chill advisories, wind chill warnings and even the experimental extreme cold warning up north.
Our coldest air of the season will arrive early Thursday. We will be brushed by some light flurries early in the day, but the real sting will be the northwest wind blowing 10-20 mph with higher gusts.
It has snowed on 15 of our 17 January days. We take a break from the snow for a few days, but focus on that other January staple — the cold.
You may utter this phrase when it comes to the snow. It snowed pretty much all day Monday and we only racked up an inch.
Friday will feature our last Alberta Clipper system to roll through on our northwest winds. It is moving quickly and pretty starved of moisture, so any accumulation will be minimal.
The models have been very consistent with our approaching storm. Wednesday will be a warm day with increasing clouds and high in the mid-30s.
We have been on the cool side of average long enough. We will have a nice little warming trend over the next few days.
It was a chilly one on Thursday. And that wind made it feel like the teens at times.