* The sun should be out, temperatures average 10 degrees colder than normal for early December.
* Next chance of accumulating snow: late Friday into Sunday morning. Potentially plowable - heaviest amounts probably north of the Twin Cities.
* Temperatures moderate to near 30 Saturday, then fall again next week. No let-up in this cold spell through the first half of December. Yes, winter arrived early this year.
* Welcome to "Meteorological Winter" by the way. If you look at the coldest 90 days of the year, on average - and who among us hasn't, winter really begins closer to December 1, not December 21. The calendar on the wall is misleading. As far as the atmosphere is concerned it's already winter. No kidding.
Brainerd Snow. The Brainerd area picked up anywhere from 4-6" or more of snow - trails should be in pretty good shape next weekend (no chance of melting between now and Saturday). Click here to get an eyeful of Brainerd snow via YouTube.
End of rant. Sorry about that.
First -40 Of The Winter Season. Here we go - the first 40 below reading (Yukon Flats of Alaska). More (if you dare to look) from the CIMSS weather blog at the University of Wisconsin.
Swirling Snow. Did you enjoy Tuesday's 30 mph winds and horizontal flakes? An acquired taste. The official high at MSP was 36 (shortly after midnight) but temperatures fell into the 20s during the day, the wind made it feel like single digits by afternoon. Highs ranged from 18 at Alexandria to 22 in St. Cloud and 31 at Rochester.
Paul's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear - good night for stargazing/and/or snuggling. Low: 9
Natural Disaster "Hot Zones". You'll be relieved to hear that if you live in Minnesota (or anywhere in the Upper Midwest) you do not live in a hot zone. Yes it gets cold - yes we see an occasional tornado or flood, but there is a 3 to 5X greater risk of natural disasters on the west coast (earthquakes and brush fires) and the deep south and east coast (hurricanes, etc). How did this site determine the zones of greatest risk? "Most of the disasters we've highlighted here are caused by nature, and only occasionally helped along by humans. Arguably some of the storms are likely to be bigger due to climate changes that humans have had a hand in causing, and of course you wouldn't get famine without humans."