* Temperatures run 5-10 degrees below average this week.
* Weak clippers capable of a coating to an inch Wednesday, again Thursday.
* More significant snow expected early next week, potentially "plowable" Monday-Tuesday of next week.
* Potential for bitter cold the latter half of next week, possibly rivaling the bitter outbreak we endured in early December.
Monday Morning Lows Up North (courtesy of our partner, Weather Bug):
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
"For centuries people living in the Middle East have dreamed of turning the sandy desert into land fit for growing crops with fresh water on tap. Now that holy grail is a step closer after scientists employed by the ruler of Abu Dhabi claim to have generated a series of downpours. Fifty rainstorms were created last year in the state's eastern Al Ain region using technology designed to control the weather."
Climate Change Blamed In Weather-Related Insurer Costs. From an article at Canada's ctv.com: "Natural disasters cost the global insurance industry about $37-billion (U.S.) last year, a new calculation shows, putting 2010 among the top six "loss-intensive" years since 1980. Munich Re, the largest reinsurer in the world, cited 950 natural catastrophe with overall losses of $130-billion. Of those losses, Munich Re reported, $37-billion was insured. The reinsurer was not suggesting that earthquakes were the result of climate change, but said that weather-related events, such as storms and floods, accounted for 90 per cent of the total 950. "The overall picture last year was dominated by an accumulation of severe earthquakes to an extent seldom experienced in recent decades," the company said in its report. "The high number of weather-related natural catastrophes and record temperatures both globally and in different regions of the world provide further indications of advancing climate change."