Trace of snow on the ground.
53 F. predicted high on Thanksgiving Day in the metro area.
Saturday: next chance of light rain (possibly mixing with wet snow by evening).
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: Gray start. Partly sunny, turning breezy and milder. Winds: SW 8-13. High: 47
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 33
145 mph. Hurricane Kenneth, in the eastern Pacific, grew into a rare Category 4 hurricane. It is now the strongest hurricane ever observed in the eastern Pacific so late in the season.
$9 billion: estimated cost of 2011 Texas heatwave and drought.
"Even the King of Thailand has created a method of creating and steering rain clouds. Five different technologies, among many others, are presented to control the weather including controlling storms and creating artificial tornadoes and lightning as well as creating and steering rain and snow clouds." - from a fascinating article below on weather control, individuals and businesses patenting ways to nudge the atmosphere in a specific direction.
-30.1 F. average temperature in Fairbanks, Alaska week of Nov. 15-21; the coldest early season week on record. Source: Fairbanks NWS office. 5 days/row of record cold in Fairbanks.
...THE COLDEST EARLY WINTER SEASON WEEK AT FAIRBANKS... THE PAST WEEK HAS BEEN RECORD SETTING IN MANY WAYS. SIX NEW RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES AND 4 NEW RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES WERE ESTABLISHED. IT WAS THE COLDEST EARLY SEASON WEEK ON RECORD AT FAIRBANKS. FOR THE PERIOD FROM NOVEMBER 15-21 THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT THE AIRPORT WAS -30.1 DEGREES. THIS IS THE COLDEST WEEK DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER SINCE 1930. PRIOR TO 1930...THERE WERE TWO COLD SNAPS DURING THE LAST WEEK OF NOVEMBER THAT WERE COLDER. IN 1909 AND 1927 THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS COLDER...BUT THESE TWO COLD SNAPS OCCURRED DURING THE LAST 7 DAYS OF THE MONTH AND DID NOT START AROUND MID-MONTH LIKE OUR CURRENT RECORD SETTING COLD SNAP.* Source: Fairbanks office of the National Weather Service.
Thanksgiving 2011: Hints of Indian Summer. All the models are predicting low to mid 50s tomorrow (assuming we see some sun and a south breeze). The only thing that could keep us in the 40s is lingering fog and stratus. Highs reach 50 on Friday, and then cool down to average levels next week.
Thanksgiving 2011: Better Than Average. Much of America will see a warmer-than-average Thanksgiving Day, highs mostly in the 50s and 60s. The only exception: northern New England, still digging out from under a significant snowfall. Map courtesy of Ham Weather.
New England Snowfall. The NAM model is predicting some 8-16" snowfall amounts from the Catskills of upstate New York to North Conway, New Hampshire to Augusta, Maine.
NASA's NPP Satellite Acquires First VIIRS Image. Some amazing imagery is now aviable from the newest NASA weather and climate satellite. Here's a press release from NASA: "GREENBELT, Md. -- The Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) onboard NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite, NPP, acquired its first measurements on Nov. 21, 2011. This high-resolution image is of a broad swath of Eastern North America from Canada’s Hudson Bay past Florida to the northern coast of Venezuela. The VIIRS data were processed at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, Md. VIIRS is one of five instruments onboard the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite that launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Oct. 28. Since then, NPP reached its final orbit at an altitude of 512 miles (824 kilometers), powered on all instruments and is traveling around the Earth at 16,640 miles an hour (eight kilometers per second). "This image is a next step forward in the success of VIIRS and the NPP mission," said James Gleason, NPP project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md."
A Brighter Shade of Gray. Admit it, 38 felt OK out there. A lingering inversion (warm air aloft trapping chilly air close to the ground) kept stratus clouds and fog locked in over much of central and eastern Minnesota. Light winds and a low sun angle prevented the (crud) from burning off. A stronger pressure gradient (contrast in barometric pressure) should whip up stronger winds today, allowing morning clouds/fog to burn off - skies should brighten this afternoon as temperatures push into the mid 40s. Tuesday highs ranged from 33 at Duluth to 36 St. Cloud, 38 in the Twin Cities and 42 at Rochester and Redwood Falls.
Media Already Botching Reports On Hacked Climate E-mails. Media Matters has the story: "Earlier today I asked whether American news outlets would do their due diligence in evaluating the content of the newly-released batch of "Climategate" emails hacked from the University of East Anglia two years ago. It didn't take long for our esteemed print outlets to disappoint. Writing on the Washington Post's website, Juliet Eilperin quotes an email exchange that she said was about "whether the IPCC has accurately depicted the temperature rise in the lower atmosphere": In one round of e-mails, researchers discuss whether the IPCC has accurately depicted the temperature rise in the lower atmosphere. An official from the U.K. Met Office, a scientific organization which analyzes the climate, writes to the Climate Research Unit's former director Phil Jones at one point, "Observations do not show rising temperatures throughout the tropical troposphere unless you accept one single study and approach and discount a wealth of others. This is just downright dangerous. We need to communicate the uncertainty and be honest. Phil, hopefully we can find time to discuss these further if necessary [...]"