Winter Snowfall In The Twin Cities:
Here are the top five snowfall totals for a calendar day (24 hour period).
1). 18.5" November 1, 1991
2). 17.2" January 22 1982
3).17.1" January 20 1982
4).16.3" December 11, 2010
5).14.7" March 31, 1985
Snowy Factoid. According to Pete Boulay at the State Climatology Office Saturday's snowy dumping was the 4th greatest (24 hour - single day) snowfall in modern-day history dating back to 1891. Not sure we'll ever bump off the Halloween Superstorm numbers (at least not in our lifetime). That was truly one for the ages. There's now little doubt in my mind that this will turn into the snowiest winter in a decade, and if we exceed 76" by early April (not out of the question at the rate we're going) this could become the snowiest winter since the winter of '91-92, when 88.1" buried MSP.
A Very Snowy Prediction:
It's dangerous assigning inch amounts to a storm more than 24-36 hours before the snow actually starts to fall. Models are suggesting 2-5" Thursday, another 2-4" next Monday, yet a third accumulating snowfall between December 23-24, possibly a cool half foot close to home. I predict that the Twin Cities will pick up 35-40" of snow - for just the MONTH OF DECEMBER. That's more than we saw during the entire winter of 2003, 2005 and 2007!
The top piece was created by Siberian craftsman, using leather, white metal, and beadwork. The bottom one comes from Salekhard, made of “metal, cloth, skin (reindeer, with fur), brass, beads, and buttons (brass).”
Anonymous Declares War On Snow. Now I've really seen everything. From geekosystem.com's web site.
Could Have Been Worse. Monday was a few degrees warmer than I was expected - we made it all the way up to 6 (above!) in the Twin Cities after waking up to -8. Morning lows ranged from -33 at International Falls to -8 at MSP. As of this morning there is 21" on the ground at Rochester, 17" Twin Cities, 10" in Duluth (that's messed up), 12" International Falls and 7" up at St. Cloud.
Paul's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TUESDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, staying above zero in the metro area. Low: 2
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Periods of snow, maybe an inch or two. Low: 8
The Future Super Smartphone. Can you imagine using your cell phone like a credit card? It's coming, along with the ability to watch (quality) local and national live TV streams on your iPhone 6. Count on it. An interesting look ahead from seekingalpha.com is here.
New Blizzard Is Sure To Create More Climate Change Debate. Examiner reporter Ryan Witt delves into the sticky, counterintuitive topic of "how can we be seeing more blizzards if the Earth is warming up?" I hear this all the time. Nobody seems to push back when I show them the evidence that weather patterns are becoming more severe. It turns out that IPCC climate scientists DID predict more outbreaks of severe weather, summer and winter. More snow and outbreaks of severe cold don't disprove long term (global) trends. Much of the year was abnormally warm: 19 nations set all time record highs in 2010, and in spite of December shivering over much of the Northern Hemisphere and Europe 2010 will probably tie 2005 for the warmest year on record, worldwide.