13" snow on the ground in the Twin Cities.
19" snow on the ground in Duluth.
27" snow on the ground at International Falls.
3305 heating degree days since December 1. That means we've spent roughly 3.5% more than average heating our homes and businesses since the beginning of "meteorological winter" on December 1.
Friday Snowfall in Texas: (courtesy of EarthNetwork)
Dallas, TX - - Love Field - - has 5 inches of snow !
Another Wild Week. The meteorological analysts over at Planalytics are predicting another active week, a series of major storms pounding the south and east with ice, snow, even a severe storm outbreak for Texas. Blizzard conditions are possible across New England by next Thursday.
Sunday Slipping And Sliding? The GFS models have been much more aggressive with Sunday's predicted snow, over 3", while the (usually more accurate/reliable) NAM models have been in the 1--2" range. With an expected air temperature close to 30 many roads may be slushy/wet, but there could still be some travel glitches, especially after dark Sunday evening.
A Reason To Keep On Going. The GFS model continues to pull milder, Pacific air into Minnesota the third week of February, maybe 4-5 days in a row above 32 F? No more 40s showing up - we'll see, but stating the obvious: we're due.
Tulsa Timelapse. The Blizzard of '11, condensed into 3:00 in this YouTube clip.
Is The Worst Of Winter Behind Us? No question: next week will be cold, maybe one of the 3 coldest weeks of winter. But based on the duration of subzero weather I still suspect the "worst of winter" may be behind us now. Maybe that's wishful thinking, but Professor Mark Seeley seems to agree. Here's an excerpt of his most recent WeatherTalk blog: "Yes, I think the coldest temperatures of the season are behind us now, no more -30 F readings. But, I see a continuation of a colder than normal temperature pattern well into the month of February. Perhaps by the end of the month we will see a string of warmer than normal days materialize and bring widespread thawing."
Chicago Snow Season On The Verge Of Making History - More Snow On The Way? Andre Evbuoma has an interesting (Examiner) article about the snow season in Chicago - how they are on track for an historic season: "The 2010-2011 snow season is on the verge of setting weather history after the Blizzard of 2011 dumped over 20 inches of snow over the Chicago area. Dating back to the 1884-1885 snow season, there have been 25 snow seasons that have produced 50 inches or more of snow, but there has never been more than 3 seasons in a row to produce 50 or more inches of snow. With just an additional 2.5" of snow, the 2010-2011 will make it 4 seasons in a row to have 50 or more inches of snow. Since 1884-1885, there has been only two occurrences where 3 concsecutive seasons produced 50 or more inches of snow:
- 1976-1977: 54.1"
- 1977-1978: 82.3"
- 1978-1979: 89.7"
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Piles Of Snow At The WeatherNation Parking Lot. There's something to be said for commuting to work by snowmobile.
Australia's Cyclone: Climate Change Or Just Really Bad Weather? A closer look at what (if anything) all these extreme weather events really mean from Time Magazine: "The cyclone that thrashed a still-soggy Queensland yesterday has re-energized an ongoing debate Down Under over what Australia can expect from a warmer planet and what the nation – the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide per capita – should do about it. Front and center in the fray is Ross Garnaut, the government's climate change adviser who released the first of several updates to his 2008 report on fighting global warming yesterday. “If we are seeing an intensification of extreme weather events now, you ain't see nothing yet," he said in a speech the day after the category 5 storm landed in northeast Queensland, killing one man and doing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to the region's buildings and the agricultural sector."
Home Go Ultra-Green. A story from the Sacramento Bee: "A Sacramento developer said it plans to roll out a new, ultra-efficient housing development in midtown this fall where energy bills will be as much as 70 percent lower than normal. The 34 houses planned for 25th and R streets will be net-zero energy – meaning they produce more energy than they use. Such houses are usually sold at the high end of the residential market. Developer Pacific Housing Inc. said the single-family homes will be priced around $300,000, which it believes is within the affordable range of median family incomes in the area."We feel this is one of the first of this kind of project in the Western region," said Mark Wiese, Pacific Housing's president."