"The combination of light blowing snow and cold surface temperatures is causing icy roadways because to a phenomenon called wheel track glazing. “Wheel-track glazing” is caused by warm tires trapping the ground level blowing snow. As more vehicles travel over the same wheel tracks a glaze of ice forms, which becomes very slippery. The condition is very difficult to treat, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation, as the ice is continuously forming on heavily traveled roadways."
A Taste Of Minnesota. Thanks to Sean Garvey for sending in a couple of terrific photos from a recent visit to Norway. "These photos were taken in Asker Norway while cross country skiing. They were taken on the winter solstice 2010, and 1 day afterward. Both photos were taken at about noon, so the sun was at its highest for the day. The landscape reminded me of Minnesota (born and raised in Rochester), and it was also especially impressive to see the incredibly low sun angle. I thought Paul might find these interesting."
More Snowfall Totals From The Recent Coastal Storm:
North Haven, CT: 29.5"
Harford, CT: 22.5" (new record)
New York City (Central Park): 9.1"
- For 2010, the combined global land and ocean surface temperature tied with 2005 as the warmest such period on record, at 0.62°C (1.12°F) above the 20th century average of 13.9°C (57.0°F). 1998 is the third warmest year-to-date on record, at 0.60°C (1.08°F) above the 20th century average.
- The 2010 Northern Hemisphere combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the warmest year on record, at 0.73°C (1.31°F) above the 20th century average. The 2010 Southern Hemisphere combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the sixth warmest year on record, at 0.51°C (0.92°F) above the 20th century average.
"High Tide Heels". For stylish women who live next to fickle rivers, Hurricane Alley, now you can be prepared for the next flood and not worry about footwear!
Mountains of Snow. Photo courtesy of the Boston Globe. (some days I feel like that guy). What's the word? Forlorn. Overwhelmed. Awed. Humbled. In spite of all our technology (and smarts) there's not a darned thing we can do to stop Mother Nature from making her appointed rounds. Weather modification? Not in our lifetime, not on a large scale. Besides, if you were to start a company and start tinkering with the weather, your business would be composed entirely of lawyers. Not good.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: Mostly cloudy with snow developing PM hours.. Roads get slippery again late in the day and at night. Winds: Winds: S 5-10. High: near 20
FRIDAY NIGHT: Snow likely, totals of 1" possible, 2" north/east of the metro. Low: 9
SATURDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, getting colder. Low: -3
THURSDAY: Sun snuffed out, some recovery. High: 18
* It was the 34th year running that global temperatures have been above the 20th-century average; the last below-average year was 1976. The new figures show that 9 of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since the beginning of 2001.(source: NYT, NOAA, NASA).