36 F. average high for November 25.
54 F. high on November 25, 2011.
-18 F. record low for November 25 (1880)
62 F. record high for November 25 (1914)
I am a longtime reader of your blog. Thought you would be interested to see these pics I took while visiting my parents for Thanksgiving down in SW Minnesota outside of Fulda. Where I am standing usually has 4 feet of water. The drought down in that area is as bad as I have seen. Anyway, keep up the blog!
Photo credit above: "Danny Serfling tilled a field on his farm in Preston, Minn., in late October. He lost part of this field and a whole other one to rootworm. The solution? “We will have to use more insecticide,” he said." Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune.
* snowcover map above courtesy of NOAA's National Snow Analysis, showing 2" on the ground from St. Cloud to Brainerd, as much as 4" near International Falls. My friend in Herbster, Wisconsin reports 10-12" of new (lake effect) snow in his yard.
2001: A strong low pressure system developed in Colorado on the 25th, reached eastern Iowa during the evening of the 26th, then moved into eastern Wisconsin late on the 27th. It produced a wide swath of heavy snow across much of central Minnesota into West Central Wisconsin. Storm total snowfall of 8 inches or more was common, with a large area exceeding 20 inches. Specifically, Willmar picked up 30.4 inches, New London saw 28.5 inches, Collegeville had 23.4 inches, Litchfield and Granite Falls received 22 inches, 14 inches at Canby, 10.7 inches at Springfield, 11 inches at Long Prairie, 12.5 inches at New Hope, 15 inches at Milaca, 11 inches at Wild River State Park, and Milan had 20 inches. A convective snow band set up across this area on the 27th and remained nearly stationary for over 12 hours, resulting in the extreme storm totals. From 8 am on the 26th to 8 am on the 27th, Willmar received 21 of its 30.4 inches, setting a record for most snowfall in Willmar in a 24 hour period. Visibilities were frequently below 1/4 mile during the storm, and winds remained in the 15 to 30 mph category. The heavy wet snow downed numerous power lines, and at one point, at least 20,000 customers were without power in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Over one thousand traffic accidents were noted across the entire area. Most were minor, but one accident claimed two lives when a car spun out and collided with a semi near Mora.
1995: A narrow band of five to eight inches of snow fell from west central Minnesota around Canby and Granite Falls to east central Minnesota. This included much of the Twin Cities metro area.
1965: Snowstorm across northern Minnesota. 14.7 inches of snow fell at Duluth, and 13.6 inches at Grand Rapids.
1896: Severe Thanksgiving day ice storm over southwest and central Minnesota. 1.42 inches of rain at Bird Island and 1.20 inches of rain at Montevideo. The ice caused a great deal of damage to trees and shrubs.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
• Choose drought-tolerant plants. Research a plant’s requirements before you buy. The wider the range of conditions a plant tolerates, the better it will perform in the future.
• Use microclimates in your yard for more than winter cold protection. Find areas that provide afternoon shade to shelter plants from summer heat and sun. Keep in mind that shady areas in winter may be sunny in summer and vice versa..."
Photo credit: "A mountain pine beetle crawls out of a ponderosa pine tree while another, right, remains in its hole in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, August 24, 2005." (The Gazette, Hunter McRae).
Photo credit above: AP/Tony Rayle/Yuma Sun
Photo credit: Bruce Chambers/AP "Oil companies currently have proven reserves of oil, gas and coal worth $27 trillion."
* more on the documentary "Chasing Ice" here.