26 F. average high for December 20.
-24 F. record low for December 21 in the metro area. (1916)
+4.5 F. temperatures for the first 20 days of December are averaging 4.5 degrees F. warmer than normal.
1" snow on the ground at Duluth, 2" reported at International Falls.
21" snow on the ground at Duluth on December 21, 2010.
3-4 weeks away. Historically, the coldest air in Minnesota arrives during mid and late January. We've "bottomed out" in the sunshine department, and there's a good chance the "worst of winter" (in terms of bitter air) is less than 1 month away. So far it really hasn't been that bad. Will our luck hold? Stay tuned...
Heckling Encouraged. Last night, while doing some last-minute shopping at Target in Chanhassen, a guy in an SUV slowed down in the parking lot, rolled down his window, and shouted out, "hey Paul, are you going to give my kids some snow for Christmas?" He wasn't smiling either. And he definitely wasn't pleased with my apologetic answer. "No". It's come to this. For the record, I'd love to see a few inches of snow for Christmas. I am not anti-snow. Nor do I have any control over the elements. I'm just a bewildered spectator, like everyone else. Please, we're just the messengers! If you see a beleagured Minnesota meteorologist on the streets, head hung low, do the unexpected and flash a smile, wave (with all your fingers). Make their day. I can assure you they're getting an earful from Minnesota snow-lovers.
8 hours, 46 minutes of daylight today. We'll pick up 3 additional minutes of daylight by December 31.
15 hours, 37 minutes of daylight on June 21, the Summer Solstice. Data courtesy of sunrisesunset.com.
- Henrik Ibsen (courtesy of the "Spo-Reflections" blog referenced below).
"In the last 30 years, glaciers in the Himalayas have shrunk by as much as 20 percent, according to the latest research." - from a story below from PRI, Public Radio International. Photo courtesy of NASA.
No. 1 TexasTexas was hit by eight of the nation's billion dollar disasters -- the most of any state in the country. Of the eight, the three most devastating were drought, heat, and wildfires. The drought still grips the state, and it is the most intense one-year drought on record. Unlike past dry periods, the damage to the state has been aggravated by record-breaking heat. Groundwater levels in much of the state have fallen to their lowest levels in more than 60 years, according to observations from NASA satellites.
Tuesday Numbers. It was another day above freezing for almost all of Minnesota, highs ranging from 30 at Duluth to 33 at St. Cloud, 33 in the Twin Cities and 35 at Alexandria, Brainerd, and Grand Marais. Duluth only has 1" of snow on the ground, 2" at International Falls. Really.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota: