+4.9 F. December temperatures are running nearly 5 degrees above average.
2/10ths of an inch of snow fell during the morning hours.
Trace of snow on the ground in the metro as of 7 pm Friday. That'll be gone by afternoon.
19" snow on the ground in the Twin Cities Christmas morning, 2010. Yes....really.
40+ warmth possible Monday, nearly 20 degrees above average across much of Minnesota.
.5-1" snow possible next Friday - next chance of any accumulation in the Twin Cities.
"Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home." - Carol Nelson
"The trends have resulted in the least snow New England has seen in November and December since the late 1990s, said Eric Evenson, a weather service meteorologist in Burlington, Vt." - from a Washington Post article below on the lack of snow for Christmas across much of America this year.
"People who say they distrust the media in general are more likely to consume news from partisan outlets, outlets that already agree with them, and this will reinforce their positions, whether those positions are right or wrong." - from a Salon article below on America's growing distrust of media.
Norad Tracks Santa. Click here to see Santa's progress as he sets out from the North Pole. I imagine he's feeling a little stress right about now. No big storms to interfere with Santa's big trip.
Tough Times For Cross Country Skiers. From the Star Tribune: "High school cross country ski teams took advantage of the man-made snow at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis, Minn. to work out Thursday afternoon, December15, 2011. With time ticking away toward Christmas Eve, it's looking more likely that 2011 will not deliver us a White Christmas. While it's not all that unusual -- fewer than 3 out of 4 Minnesota Christmases are white -- a brown Christmas forces us to change plans when it seems like the one payoff for months of frigid cold isn't always a guarantee. (JEFF WHEELER/Star Tribune)"
Predicted Snow Through Midday Wednesday. Still no significant snow for the Upper Midwest, although Indianapolis may pick up a couple inches, along with upstate New York and northern New England. That's pretty much it looking out 120 hours (GFS model).
No Snow Through Next Thursday. What a shock, huh? Models are hinting at a half inch or inch of snow next Friday. Kind of like living in Little Rock or Memphis.
1. Historic flood fights in the West
The floods resulted in more acreage under water than ever recorded, lasting from October 2010 to late July and featured the highest water levels and flows in modern history across parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Governments spent $1 billion on flood fighting and victim compensation."
11 Groundbreaking Inventions Of 2011. I'm a geek, I admit it, and as such always on the lookout for amazing tech. Business Insider takes a look at some of the more promising technological breakthroughs of this past year.
Medical Mirror" Takes Your Pulse By Analyzing Your Face.
Inventor: Ming Zher Poh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate student
What is it? "Did you know you could measure your heart rate through your face? If you did, you're probably a graduate student at MIT. Poh's mirror, using a web cam behind the glass, measures the amount of light your face is reflecting and uses it to calculate your heartbeat."
* photo above courtesy of MIT.
iTV or Apple TV3: A Perfect TV Set? The Perfection Paradox web site takes a look at what Apple may be planning for next generation TV sets. Simplicity is key - make it EASY for me to find my favorite show, no fumbling for remotes or channel guides. Voice-controlled, streamlined, elegant and so easy a 4 year old can use it: "Can Steve Jobs and Apple reinvent the TV set and bring it closer to perfection, just as he helped perfect the tablet computer, the phone and the music player? From the recent revelations in the Steve Jobs' biography and articles in the Wall Street Journal, as well as leaks from suppliers in Japan and Australia, the rumor mill is pounding the drums. Below are my own speculations about what the Apple TV set will be like, based on taking seriously Steve Jobs' obsession with perfection."
Why Everyone Hates The Media. Salon takes a look at America's growing distrust and dislike of traditional media outlets: "The cover of Jonathan M. Ladd’s new book shows a pair of newspaper vending boxes that have been vandalized. “Lies,” reads the graffiti scrawled across the machines. Lots of people seem to agree with the sentiment expressed by this anonymous street-level press critic — even if most of us are more apt to express this by screaming at the TV. In his meticulous and informative “Why Americans Hate the Media and How It Matters,” Ladd cites a 1956 study that “found that 66 percent of Americans thought newspapers were fair.” Within 50 years, things would change dramatically. By 2004, he writes, “only 10 percent of Americans had ‘a great deal’ of confidence in the ‘national news media,’” according to one poll."
Warming Up. After 2/10ths of an inch of snow during the morning from a fast-moving clipper, skies cleared and temperatures reached 37 in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud, 39 at Redwood Falls. Duluth has 3" snow on the ground, 4" at International Falls.
"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree." - Roy L. Smith
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
CHRISTMAS EVE: Mild sun, good travel conditions. WInds: SW 10-15. High: 39
SATURDAY NIGHT: Tracking Santa - chance of a few flurries late. Low: 27