27 F. average high for December 13.
6 F. high temperature reported a year ago, on December 13, 2010.
19" snow on the ground for Christmas of 2010.
0": snow depth in the Twin Cities.
Trace: snow depth in Duluth.
287.99" snow at 6991 feet at Alpine Meadows Base. It’s at Lake Tahoe, six miles Northwest of Tahoe City, California (most snow in the lower 48 states as of December 13).
2006: last year we had a "brown Christmas", with less than 1" of snow on the ground in the Twin Cities. My hunch is that - this year - for the first time in 5 years, we will not have a white Christmas. Hope I'm wrong...
1,789 heating degree days as of December 13. Normal, to date, is 2,172. That means we've saved about 18% on our heating bills since September.
Christmas Eve: 20-25 degrees, windy with a few passing flurries.
Christmas Day: 18-24 degrees, intervals of sun - probably dry.
26" Forest Lakes
93 declared federal disasters so far in 2011. That's more than 2 1/2 times FEMA's yearly average of 35.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
"1. Even “skeptics” admit the world is warming: A study funded in part by the Charles G. Koch Foundation and led by Richard Muller, a Berkeley physicist and self-described global-warming skeptic, concluded that the world, is in fact, warming up. The study, from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature, or BEST group, reviewed more than a billion temperature measurements and came to the same conclusion as virtually all the previous studies. “As far as the basic science goes, the results could not have been less surprising if the press release had said ‘Man Finds Sun Rises At Dawn,’” Eric Steig, a geochemist at the University of Washington, wrote on the blog RealClimate."