.86" rain predicted between November 6-8 (GFS model).
Trace of snow: one year ago today in the Twin Cities, October 27, 2010. First snow of the winter season at MSP last year.
October 16: average date of the first flurries in the Twin Cities.
Snowfall so far this month: 0. No flurries at MSP....yet.
28.60" pressure reported in the Twin Cities on October 26, 2010 - second lowest on record.
60-62 mph: peak wind gusts in the Twin Cities metro during the October 26, 2010 super-storm.
18.2" snow at Jamestown, Colorado.
What A Difference A Day Makes! Denver's snowy makeover took less than 18 hours to accomplish - time lapse photo series courtesy of the Denver Examiner.
"One of the deepest extratropical low pressure systems on record for the lower 48 states evolved from Iowa into Minnesota on October 26th and slowly moved northeast on the 27th. Such a low developed in response to powerful 175 kt jet stream winds from the west and a major contrast in temperatures, with warm and moist air to the south and colder air building to the north. A low pressure area in advance of this system had already tightened the temperature gradient, or as meteorologists say, increased the baroclinicity. This set the stage for even lower pressures as the strong jet stream moved atop the area." (source: Twin Cities NWS).
Rina: Forecast To Fizzle. Only 1 computer solution brings the soggy remains of Rina into Florida (near Tampa). Odds favor rapid weakening between Cancun and Havana as dry air wraps into the storm center and wind shear shreds the circulation.
The Dark Season. November is the cloudiest month of the year, on average, and Wednesday was a preview of coming attractions. At least the sun came out later in the afternoon, enough brightening for a high of 50 at St. Cloud and 51 in the Twin Cities. A trace of rain fell in the metro area, with .03" at Alexandria.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly to mostly cloudy - chilly. Low: 34
Little To Gripe About
Climate Control. As their ranks diminish, global warming skeptics target scientists, as reported by The American Prospect: "Last week Richard Muller and his team released the findings of their exhaustive study on global warming with definitive simplicity, saying flatly “global warming is real.” The statement is an especially damning one to climate change deniers, as Muller, himself once a global warming skeptic, conducted the study partly with funds from the Koch brothers. As even skeptics like Muller begin to accept the overwhelming science behind global warming, opponents are taking up a new tactic that goes after the scientists themselves. One of these scientists is Michael Mann, a climatologist who, since January, has been targeted by climate-deniers. Following the example of the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries, which have a tradition of attacking the credibility of scientists who oppose their products, skeptics are beginning question the credentials and research of individual scientists. Since 2007, when a Supreme Court ruling found that, under the Clean Air Act, the EPA has the right to regulate greenhouse gas emissions based on the threat to human health, global warming skeptics have been left to assert their views in the court of public opinion. The lesson they learned was, if you can’t attack the science, attack the scientist."