* Temperatures stay above freezing Monday - wet roads, no major travel problems.
* Latest guidance: "plowable" snow Tuesday, latest models hinting at 4-8" or more late Monday night into Tuesday night.
Update: 1:38 pm Sunday. Significant Snow Storm Tuesday? Latest NAM looks a LOT more impressive for accumulating snow Monday night into Tuesday night. Latest model run prints out close to .90" liquid, which could easily translate into 4-8" of snow. Tuesday looks like the worst travel day as temperatures fall through the 20s - the atmosphere cold enough for all snow at the height of the storm. Stay tuned for updates, but it's looking like we may wind up with 12-18" of snow for the month of November, one of the snowiest Novembers since 1991?
"Paul's Favorite Things"
O.K. I'm no Oprah, but it's probably no secret I'm a technophile, gadget-freak and dreamer - I love technology, especially digital tools that help you become more confident, creative and prolific. I've had a serious addiction to megabytes, megapixels and smart phones ever since I launched EarthWatch in 1989 (3-D weather graphics for TV stations around the world). Then came Digital Cyclone, back in 2000 - the first company to put an app on a cell phone (black and white Doppler on a Nextel mobile phone back in 2001) and ever since I've tried a lot of different smart phones, in search of the "perfect" device. Yes, technology was supposed to "set us free", when in fact it's turned us into a society of dazed, sleep-walking, multi-tasking cyborgs - half human, half digital, perpetually distracted.
Here are the devices that have brought some small measure of digital joy to my life in recent years. The reality: all these picks are highly subjective. I realize that, and don't believe I have any special powers of discerning what is the "best" in each category. Everyone is going to have their own opinions & preferences, based on their individual needs and experiences. But over the years enough people have come up and asked, "Paul, what do you use?" that I thought I'd include this in my blog, for better or worse. The weather is quiet, so why not?
So there you have it - more than you ever wanted to know about PD's digital urges and proclivities. Yes, I probably spend too much time thinking about this stuff. And I rationalize much of it by saying "what's more important than family memories?" Dangerous turf, I know. Let me also state (for the record) that nothing digital will ever bring you true happiness and satisfaction, the way a good friendship or family encounter, or time spent with your parents, will ever accomplish. These are nothing but "toys" for grown-ups. My wife calls them gadgets. I prefer to think of them as "productivity devices." A great digital device should help you document your life and make you more productive. Nothing more.
Good luck with your holiday shopping list. Hope you find what you're searching for.
* PS. No, I'm not getting a "spiff" or commission from any of these companies. They could frankly care less what I think, anyway. But Oprah's "favorite things" episode (as crazy-extravagant as it was) inspired me to a). live my best life (!), and b). waste the better part of a Saturday documenting my digital hits and misses, so a few of you might not make the same expensive mistakes I did. With tech (and weather), it's all about learning from your mistakes. Trial and error. A painful, humbling learning curve. That, and it's a really slow weather pattern....
Paul's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
SUNDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, mild for late November - still dry. Low: 35
MONDAY NIGHT: Light rain changes to wet snow - some slush possible. Low: 19