42 F. high at St. Cloud
51 F. reported at Redwood Falls.
4" snow on the ground at International Falls.
-25 F. low temperature on this date in 1875 in the Twin Cities.
62 F. high temperature on this date in 1998 (warmest on record, during the most intense El Nino winter on record).
12.6" snow on November 29, 1991 in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
0: expected rain/snow over the next 84 hours (NAM model).
72 F. at Newark, New Jersey Monday; this ties the record high for November 28.
19 named tropical storms, 7 hurricanes, 3 of which became major "Category 3" storms.
"Irene was the lone hurricane to hit the United States in 2011, and the first one to do so since Ike struck southeast Texas in 2008. Irene was also the most significant tropical cyclone to strike the Northeast since Hurricane Bob in 1991." - NOAA
Winter Storm Warnings....For Alabama? Yes, while we see bright sun and temperatures a few degrees above average, folks down south will be shoveling, and plowing, and probably shaking their fists at Old Man Winter. Flood watches are posted from Lower Michigan southward to Kentucky for some 1-3" rainfall amounts. For the latest (interactive) watches and warnings from NOAA click here.
..ALABAMA... MENTONE 3.9 SW 5.22 SYLVANIA 3.4 ESE 4.81 ROSA 2.8 SW 4.07 PRINCETON 3.6 NW 3.93 BIRMINGHAM MUNI ARPT 2.95 ANNISTON METRO AIRPORT 2.84 MONTGOMERY/DANNELLY 2.84 ALABASTER/SHELBY CO. ARPT 2.71 MAXWELL AFB/MONTGOMERY 2.70 ALEXANDER CITY 2.51 HUNTSVILLE/MADISON CO. ARPT 2.22 MOBILE DOWNTOWN AIRPORT 1.74 ...FLORIDA... TYNDALL AFB/PANAMA CITY 2.67 VALPARAISO/EGLIN AFB 1.80 ...GEORGIA... LA FAYETTE 2.9 NE 4.00 TRENTON 5.8 S 3.95 DILLARD 3.5 NE 3.74 LYERLY 4.8 SSE 3.62 SUMMERVILLE 2.6 NW 3.51 RABUN GAP 2.1 SW 2.94 ROME 3.4 SE 2.70 CARTERSVILLE AIRPORT 1.26 ...KENTUCKY... ALBANY 5.3 W 3.10 WINDSOR 1.2 NW 2.55 LEXINGTON/BLUE GRASS FIELD 2.23 LIBERTY 1.1 SE 2.13 LONDON-CORBIN ARPT 2.10 FRANKFORT/CAPITAL CITY ARPT 1.93 BOWLING GREEN-WARREN CO. ARPT 1.57 FORT KNOX AAF 1.34 OWENSBORO/DAVIESS CO. APT 1.22 ...NORTH CAROLINA... FRANKLIN 7.5 SW 3.64 ROSMAN 5.3 W 3.56 ASHEVILLE MUNI ARPT 1.18 ...OHIO... CINCINNATI (ASOS) 1.54 HAMILTON ARPT 1.43 DAYTON GENERAL AIRPORT 1.19 ...TENNESSEE... WHITWELL 4.5 ENE 5.07 DUNLAP 0.4 SSE 4.83 CHATTANOOGA-LOVELL FIELD (ASOS) 4.64 RED BANK 3.4 NNE 4.59 JASPER 1.7 N 4.40 OAK RIDGE (ASOS) 3.72 CROSSVILLE MEMORIAL ARPT 3.64 SMYRNA AIRPORT 1.66 NASHVILLE METRO ARPT 1.54 KNOXVILLE MUNI ARPT 1.53
Jackson, Tennessee. Thanks to @randomgrl on Twitter for passing this along.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and chilly. Low: 20
Global Warming? Yes, But Hold The Extremes. A story from the Orange County Register: "Rising global temperatures in the decades ahead might be unlikely to reach the most extreme forecasts seen in previous estimates, including those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a new study of ice-age climate data shows. "Some of those very high climate sensitivities can be excluded," said lead author Andreas Schmittner of Oregon State University. "But it really doesn't change the fact that we have global warming, that it's man-made and that it can potentially lead to very severe consequences in the future."
Climate Change Denial Still Runs Strong In U.S. AFP has the story: "WASHINGTON — On the US political stage, skepticism and denial of climate change are as popular as ever, and experts say that world talks which opened Monday in Durban, South Africa are unlikely to turn the tide. But while a binding deal on harmful carbon output remains elusive by the world's second biggest polluter after China, some small signs of progress have emerged at the state and individual levels. Last month, the most populous US state, California, approved rules for a carbon market that would start in 2013, with the goal of cutting emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Previous attempts to create a cap and trade system to stem pollution at the federal level have failed due to concerns it would cause skyrocketing energy costs, a particularly bruising prospect in an already wobbly economy."