WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clouds increase - chance of flurries late. Low: 21
Jerusalem. My wife of 27 years (Laurie) and I just returned from Israel. We wanted to visit the Holy Land before Christmas - see firsthand what all the fuss is about. As a Christian I wanted to see the places I've been reading about for 45 years. No photos, no words can accurately portray how amazing Jerusalem is, the only city on the planet that is a pillar of all 3 major religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It's an international city with 5,000 years of history - way too much to take in during our 4 full days. But we tried to see a few of the highlights and get a feel for the beauty, the history, and the ongoing conflict. More from Bethlehem later this week. For now I just wanted to mention one non-weather-related item: if you ever get a chance to go to the Holy Land - go. Don't hesitate. You won't regret the time, money or effort to see these sites with your own eyes.
Thursday Clipper. The next system does NOT look terribly impressive - the bulk of the snow passing well south and west of the Twin Cities. Marshall may pick up 2-3", with some 3-6" amounts possible over far southwestern MN, closer to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. RIght now I don't see any big, travel-busting storms or fronts between now and Christmas (and no big weather headaches brewing for the weekend). With any luck getting home Sunday will be a breeze....a cold breeze (highs probably holding in the teens).
* Colorado Mountains could see 8 FEET of snow. The story from USA Today is here.
* Half of the USA To Experience a White Christmas. Santa can park the red SUV and go with the sleigh this year, at least north of a line from Denver to Kansas City, Indianapolis and Baltimore. Data from 2003 - 2009 shows that an average of 37% of the lower 48 states had at least an inch of snow on the ground December 25. More from USA Today here.
Almost a Thaw. Admit it - 31 felt pretty amazing yesterday, almost mild. 16" on the ground (considerable settling of the snow caused by gravity and the sheer weigh of the snowflakes being compacted). The most snow: Rochester, with 27" on the ground, more than Duluth (21") and St. Cloud (16").
Dangerous Meters. from flickr user I be Owen
"The same snow whic caused the collapse of the Metrodome early Sunday morning in Minneapolis buried these downtown Minneapolis parking meters Saturday as much of the metro was buried under 15-22 inches of snow."
How Do I Get This Thing To Move? This is NOT a "Best OF" photo. That's "Charlie", a foul-smelling, temperamental camel we encountered on the way to the Dead Sea. He probably thought the same thing about me, come to think of it. Not as fast as a snowmobile, but the view from the top was pretty amazing...