* Mix of light snow and freezing drizzle may ice up roads Thursday, potential for a coating to an inch or two (more north/east of town).
* Another "burst" of powdery snow possible late Friday into Saturday morning, a couple more inches of fluff possible.
* Tumbling temperatures over the weekend, falling through the teens Saturday - single digit highs Sunday and Monday.
Misery loves company. We're freezing up north - that same Arctic airmass is engulfing much of America east of the Rockies - even Florida is feeling the pain. From SunSentinel.com:
South Floridians woke up Tuesday morning to temperatures hovering around the very low 40s that sometimes felt like the mid-30s because of the wind chill factor. "In Fort Lauderdale, a low temperature record of 42 degrees for Dec. 7 that had been in place for 169 years was broken, said Dan Gregoria, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami." The entire article is here - read it and be glad you didn't take the family to Florida THIS WEEK!
Numbing Sunlight. In spite of sunshine much of the day temperatures were stuck in the teens across much of Minnesota on Tuesday. The afternoon high in the Twin Cities was only 17 (normal high is 29). Oh to be normal again. The only day of above normal temperatures this week: Thursday, out ahead of the next fast-moving clipper. Both St. Cloud and the Twin Cities report 6" of snow on the ground.
Paul's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clouds increase/thicken. Low: 12
Here’s an example of how a climate refugee might describe their experience with climate change:
I’m scared and hungry. My parents were killed in the flood. Somehow I survived. But there is no one to take care of me. All my friends are gone. My pet is gone too. I have nothing. The government says we don’t have enough money to rebuild and we have to move. All of us… my whole village. It’s so crowded in the refugee camps. There are many thousands of us. Where shall we go now? Is this the rest of my life, in this refugee camp now? Someone please tell me how I can get out of this mess. I have dreams for my life and my future. Are my dreams going to die? Am I going to be a refugee forever?
But here’s how we talk about climate change in the UNFCCC process:
We must make advances on issues such as mitigation and adaptation. We must come to agreement on REDD as part of a balanced package that includes compromise on all sides. Hopefully if participating nations are willing to compromise on important issues, progress to a balanced package can be made."
NASA: More Plant Growth Could Slow Global Warming. From an AFP article late Tuesday:
"In a world with twice as much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, plants could grow larger and create a cooling effect on a warming globe, but could not halt or reverse climate change, NASA said Tuesday. One of the main mysteries scientists face with climate change is how to project it over time, particularly how to account for Earth's reaction to warmer temperatures, a phenomenon known as "feedback." It has long been known that plants -- which use carbon dioxide, sun and water to grow through the process of photosynthesis -- are able to adapt to higher carbon dioxide levels by using nutrients more efficiently and growing bigger leaves."The process is called 'down-regulation.' This more efficient use of water and nutrients has been observed in experimental studies and can ultimately lead to increased leaf growth."