1983: Snowstorm dumps almost two feet at Babbitt and about 20 inches at Duluth.
1825: Warm spell begins over Ft. Snelling, Temperature rises up to 70 degrees over the week.
There are few other places on the planet where locals "thank" a meteorologist for 50 degrees. It's been too cold, too early. "Paul, if it's like this in November, what will January be like?" Cold, with some snow. Just a gut feeling.
If it was a sticky 85 degrees year-round I'd have motion sickness from swaying in a hammock, lost in a Corona-coma. I'd get nothing done.
Bracing slaps of wind chill focus our ingenuity, forcing us to engineer new ways to keep out the pain. We survive. We thrive. And no Minnesotan I've ever met takes a warm front for granted.
Here's what I know: the next 2 weeks won't be as cold as the previous 2 weeks. A coating of snow is possible today as winds blow from Canada; another inch or two of slush Wednesday. The pattern isn't ripe for headline-grabbing snow storms thru the second week of December.
I see a subtle shift in the pattern, possibly a symptom of a brewing El Nino. Rain is finally reaching California, and a slightly milder, zonal, Pacific wind flow will thaw us out from time to time, as early as next weekend.
Climate volatility is real; the swings are getting more severe. Buffalo's suburbs go from 8 feet of snow to 60F and flooding today.
Photo credit above: "Mark Petrik and Dennis Smith dig out their south Buffalo driveway on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. Western New York continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped by this week by lake-effect snowstorms." (AP Photo/Mike Groll).
TODAY: Gusty winds, turning colder. Coating of light snow. Winds: NW 15-30. High: 25
MONDAY NIGHT: Flurries taper, partial clearing. Low: 14
TUESDAY: Sun returns, doesn't help much. High: 28
WEDNESDAY: Inch or 2 of slush? Slick spots. Wake-up: 23. High: 28
THANKSGIVING: Cold sun. Food coma likely. Wake-up: 6. High: 17
BLACK FRIDAY: Chance of a snowy coating. Wake-up: 15. High: 29
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy, thawing out a bit. Wake-up: 21. High: 33
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy, no travel headaches. Wake-up: 26. High: 32
* the 320 page PDF "Turn Down The Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal" from The World Bank is here.
Image credit: National Science Foundation.