Twin Cities Calendar for January
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January in the Twin Cities is just like any other month in Minnesota, except there aren't boats or mosquitoes.
Or mosquitoes on boats... buzzing the lakes for the Winter Carnival medallion. 
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1   New Year's Day  
full moon   cold
5  Lana Del Ray
7   Killers 8    9  
10  11
13  Big Head Todd

14  Vikings playoffs
Minnesota Vikings football playoffs at US Bank stadium
15  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day      


18  Nature Roars Back

19  Crashed Ice 20  Crashed Ice

21  Hear Our Voice
lots of snow

24 25  2cellos

26   27  Drive-By Truckers
Hubbard St. Dance

28  Grammys
Grammy Awards
29  Opening night 30  State of the Union

 31  Josh Ritter

full moon 

Twin Cities Calendar for January 2018

Monday, January 1

New Year's Day

full moon full moon

Jan 1, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 20, 27: Timberwolves basketball, Target Center

Tuesday, January 2
Jan 2, 4, 9, 13, 14, 20, 22: Wild hockey, Xcel Center

Friday, January 5
Lana Del Ray, Target Center (8pm)

Jan 5-6: Toughest Rodeo, Xcel Center

Jan 5-28: Rhinoceros, Theatre In The Round

Sunday, January 7

Killers, Xcel Center (8pm, $25)

Saturday, January 13

Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Palace Theatre (7pm, $38)

Sunday, January 14

Minnesota Vikings football playoffs at US Bank stadium  snow
Minnesota Vikings v. New Orleans Saints, NFL Playoffs, US Bank Stadium (3:40pm, Fox-9, tickets)

MNsure open enrollment ends

Monday, January 15
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Thursday, January 18

Nature Roars Back with Bob Poole,
National Geographic Live, Fitzgerald Theater (7pm, $15+)

Friday, January 19

Crashed Ice downhill skating
Jan 19-20: Red Bull Crashed Ice downhill skating, Saint Paul Cathedral (~7pm)

Saturday, January 20

Bemidji Women's March, Sanford Center, 1111 Event Center Dr NE, Bemidji, MN 56601 (11am, free)

Two Ports Women's March, Building for Women, 32 E 1st St, Duluth, MN 55802 (11am-12:30p, free)

Winter is coming Women's March, Peace Plaza, 100 1st Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902 (2-4pm, free)

Sunday, January 21

Hear Our Voice, Union Depot, St. Paul (3:30-7pm, $20+)

Minnesota Vikings
at Philadelphia Eagles, NFC championship game (5:40pm cst, Fox-9)

Monday, January 22

lots of snow

Thursday, January 25

2cellos, Target Center (8pm)

Jan 25 - Feb 4: Ice Palace, Rice Park (free) - 70' tall $800,000 ice castle with a big Ecolab logo on it

Jan 25 - Feb 10: Super Slide, CHS Field, St. Paul (
evenings & weekends, $10 per hour,  140-foot long, 40-foot high plywood-snow slide)

Jan 25 - Feb 10:  Winter Carnival, Rice Park & Harriet Island, St. Paul

Friday, January 26

Jan 26 - Feb 4:  Bold North Zip Line, Ziptrek EcoTours, 16 Wilder St (by the Nicollet Island Inn), Minneapolis ($36, sold out) --  four
100' high, 750' long zip lines

Jan 26 - Feb 4: Live, Nicollet Mall (pat-down, take pictures with big logos & vendor booths) -- called Super Bowl Live but it isn't the Super Bowl

Saturday, January 27

Drive-By Truckers, First Avenue (8pm, $25)

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Northrop Auditorium (7:30pm, $42+)

Jan 27 - Feb 3:  Experience, Mpls Convention Center ($35)
-- called the Super Bowl Experience but it isn't the Super Bowl

Sunday, January 28
Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards (6:30pm, WCCO-4)

Monday, January 29

Opening night, Xcel Center (7pm, $32) -- called the Super Bowl Opening Night but it isn't the opening night of the Super Bowl

Tuesday, January 30

State of the Union, US Capitol (8pm)

Wednesday, January 31

full moon & partial lunar eclipse 
full moon

Josh Ritter, Fitzgerald Theater (8pm, $35+)

32 degrees F - water freezes (at sea level)
20 degrees - cloud point of #2 diesel (see below)
10 degrees - road salt (sodium chloride) refreezes
10 below - blood flow to your extremities is reduced
20 below - 10w30 motor oil turns to sludge, road salt (calcium chloride) 
refreezes, skin freezes within 5 minutes
30 below - 5w30 motor oil turns to sludge
40 below - soap bubbles shatter like glass Christmas ornaments, mercury freezes in the thermometer, antifreeze freezes; cloud point of #1 diesel (see below)
50 below - skin freezes within a minute, metal turns brittle and snaps like wood
60 below - cold on an unprotected forehead can knock you unconscious in minutes
70 below - skin freezes in seconds, frozen breath hangs in the air
80 below - people's voices can be heard four miles away - it's called Temperature Inversion

(Celsius - Fahrenheit converter)     

Cold Car Batteries
If the car doesn't start in winter, the culprit could be a failed starter or a flooded engine, but most likely, it's the car battery. There are 3 reasons the battery should be the problem.
1. Power Available - In car battery terminology, it's called Cold Cranking Amps (CCA), which is the amount of electric current a 12 volt (technically 12.6) car battery can deliver for 30 seconds at zero degrees F while maintaining a minimum terminal voltage of 7.2 volts. If at 80 degrees, a car battery has 100% strength, at 32 degrees, it has 65% of its strength. At zero, it has 40% of its strength. At 32 below, it's down to a quarter of its strength.
2. Power Needed - Even though the battery has less power, it needs more power when the motor oil is cold. At zero degrees, when the battery has only 40% power, it needs 210% of what it would need at 80 degrees.  At minus 32 degrees, it would need 350% or three and a half times what it needs at 80 degrees.
3. Power Restored - Meanwhile, a cold battery is harder to recharge than a warm one. Low temperatures increase the resistance of electrolytes which both reduces the battery's cranking power and increases the time it takes for the engine (through the alternator) to recharge the battery.

It's a wonder that cars work at all.

When the Minnesota lakes freeze, especially with a steep drop in temperatures, the ice will Boom loud enough to be heard miles away. The tone and pitch depend upon the size and shape of the lake basin and the ice thickness.

Diesel Cloud Point - Pour Point - Cold Flow Plugging Point
Petroleum-based diesel and biodiesel fuel doesn't exactly freeze, but the paraffin wax in fuel begins to crystallize, giving it a cloudy appearance, known as the cloud point. The cloud point of #2 diesel is between 20 and 4
F. The cloud point of #1 diesel is -40º F. The key to the cloud point is that the fuel filter starts to clog. Pour point is the point when any liquid doesn't pour. But trucks and school buses conk out from fuel line clogs prior to reaching the pour point. The operational threshhold for winter diesel is the Cold Flow Plugging Point (CFPP) developed by the ASTM, which measures diesel's ability to flow through a fuel filter. Based on the CFPP, the location, and the month of the year the fuel is being sold, diesel fuel is blended to withstand extreme winter temperatures. In Minnesota, the month & temperatures are October (-4º F), November (-18º F), December (-30º F), January (-34º F), February (-31º F), and March (-24º F). Anti-gel additives are available for both diesel and biodiesel fuels. Diesel fuel purchased in September or in Arizona, without additives, may not get you where you are going in January in Minnesota.

Ice Thickness --  Minimum Thickness For Going Out On The Ice
Here's a handy Ice Thickness card to determine if the ice is thick enough to walk on or drive over. And every winter these charts are spread all over Minnesota. One problem: how do you know the thickness of the ice? You would have to break the ice to measure its thickness. And then you would know the thickness at the open spot -- it's zero! So now you'll need Ice Claws to get yourself out of this ice hole.

Tree Motion
The lakes aren't the only thing cracking; some species of trees crack like a rifle shot, due to being unevenly warmed by sunlight. Maple trees and other thin barked trees are more susceptible than aspens, black spruce, and jack pines.

The snow around hardwood trees on sunny days in February can be peppered with tiny black specks that jump! These are snow fleas! It's true; I'm not making this up. They fall out of the tree and hop about. Snow fleas aren't fleas. They are springtails: ancient herbivorous bugs that eat microscopic algae, bacteria, and fungi. Snow fleas spring off from trees uncontrollably in the spring. And that's why it's called Spring.

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Twin Cities Calendar 2018  -  January  

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