.35" rain fell yesterday. Assuming a typical 10:1 snow to rain ratio that would have translated into at least 3-4" snow.
Coating - 1/2" snow possible Friday PM hours from a fast-moving Alberta Clipper.
30-35 F. predicted highs for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, again New Year's Eve. A modified Pacific wind flow is forecast to linger through the end of 2011, keeping us 5-15 degrees warmer than average for the next 2 weeks.
Winter On Hold:
7.9" snow so far this winter season in the Twin Cities.
34" snow fell as of December 14, 2010.
December 20: average date of the first 4" snowfall in the Twin Cities (source: MN State Climate Office).
4.9" 2011 (as of December 14)
* photo above courtesy of the Star Tribune and the AP.
Photo credit: "Keith Woods makes a wall with snow while clearing a pathway in front of Maloney's Tavern in downtown Flagstaff, Ariz. Tuesday Dec. 13, 2011. Flagstaff logged more than a foot of snow and was expecting several more inches through Wednesday morning, sending the mountain city above its normal for this time of year. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Carlos Chavez)"
Will Record Flood Losses Save Or Drown Flood Insurance? The story from UPI.com: "Just as Congress approaches a drop dead deadline Friday on whether or not to continue the nation's flood insurance program, a new report details the cost and extent of one of worst year for floods in recent history. CoreLogic estimates flood losses in the U.S. this year at approximately $10.67 billion, three times the amount forecast for next year, based on various flooding and storm events recorded in the National Climate Data Center. The melting of an above-average snowpack across the northern Rocky Mountains, combined with abnormally high precipitation, caused the Missouri and Souris rivers to swell beyond their banks across the upper Midwest. Record-breaking rainfall in the Ohio valley in the spring and summer, combined with melting snowpack, resulted in historical flooding along the Mississippi River and its tributaries."
Photo credit above: "The AVOID System designed to allow aircraft to detect volcanic ash plumes and avoid them (Image: Nicarnica Air)"
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota: