24 F. average high for December 27.
9 F. average low for December 27.
40 F. possible again today. If so it will be the 6th day at or above 40 in December. Last year: 1 day above 40 in December.
2,275 heating degree days as of December 27. So what? That means we're spending:
20% less than average so far this winter season heating our homes and businesses, and...
16% less than last winter on heating bills, to date.
17 of the last 27 days have seen daytime highs at or above 32 F. in the Twin Cities.
Coating snow possible late Thursday night/Friday morning.
Alberta clippers: models suggest a series of (weak) Alberta Clippers, weak, fast-moving (moisture-starved) storms diving out of southern Canada - through the first week of January. No major storms are in sight through the first week of January.
Warmest Christmas Day in 90 years across much of Britain, according to the BBC. Details below.
Louisville and Lexington have reached their wettest years on record, with Louisville seeing 67.72 ” and Lexington seeing 65.76″, breaking the old record set in 1936.
* This came in on my Facebook page - thanks Peter, and keep the weather-related photos and stories coming! I'll kick the Doppler (again) and see if we can get some snow up here. I'm just as freaked out as everyone else...
Mildest Christmas Day In 90 Years For U.K. Apparently North America wasn't the only region experiencing an unusually mild Christmas. The BBC reports: "What a difference a year makes! While Christmas Day in 2010 saw most of the United Kingdom blanketed in snow, Christmas Day 2011 has been unseasonably mild. In fact, Murlough in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland saw record-breaking warmth, whereas Dyce in Aberdeenshire in Scotland was the place to be for the highest temperature in the whole of the UK."
In conclusion, until we are able to transition to a prolonged negative AO/NAO, we can expect to have near to above average temperatures and above average precipitation. It appears this will be the case for most of this winter season, as a prolonged positive AO/NAO looks to continue into January. Although uncertainty increases with the behavior of the AO/NAO later this winter season, the latest trends indicate the winter season as a whole will be marked by the positive phase. Therefore, in spite of the fact that La Nina conditions are in place again this winter, it does not appear that winter season will replicate last year’s cold and snowy winter. Instead odds favor this winter to continue to be on the warm and wetter side of average."
* image above courtesy of the National Snow And Ice Data Center.
- 13,000 hours of Pandora music is listened to
- 20,000 new posts are posted on Tumblr
- 25 hours-worth of videos are uploaded to YouTube
- 370,000+ minutes of voice calls are made on Skype
1. Inherent virality
The type of virality you’ll die for. Simply put, a person gets no value from the
product unless other people use it as well. As a result, she shares the product with other people. Sharing is done via sharing mechanisms (e.g: invite your Gmail contacts) or through pure word of mouth.
Seeding, which means getting the first people on board is very hard because of Metcalf’s Law (there’s very low value for the first users of the product). However, the growth after the seeding period, usually through word of mouth, can be explosive. This is how Skype came to be what it is."
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota: