57 F. high in the Twin Cities (MSP International Airport) Sunday.
40 F. average high for November 18.
48 F. high on November 18, 2011.
59 F. record high for November 22, set in 1988. We should break that this year - record warmth expected for Thanksgiving.
25-35 F. highs from November 29 into the first week of December. Yes, cold has been delayed, but it's still coming...
Arctic Oscillation. The AO and NAO are blocking patterns, impacted by a variety of meteorological factors, including stratospheric temperatures, blocks over Greenland, sea surface temperatures and other forcings. During a positive phase the coldest air remains north over Canada, more of a milder, Pacific influence on the Lower 48. But during a negative phase (like what's coming up in early December) winds aloft weaken, allowing bitter air to plunge southward, often spinning up significant snow/ice storms in advance. Graphic: UCAR.
Photo credit above: "Stairs lead to an empty lot where a home once stood on South Joplin Avenue before the Joplin tornado in 2011. Newly constructed homes can be seen in the background." Steve Hebert for The New York Times
Graphic credit above: "A rendering of a storm barrier with a drawbridge on Arthur Kill, intended to protect the Staten Island borough of New York in a Category 3 hurricane, in an undated handout photo. Because of the recent effects of Hurricane Sandy hitting the area, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said elected officials have a responsibility to consider new and innovative plans to prevent similar damage in the future." (CDM Smith, Inc. via The New York Times)
Sandy's Hit To The U.S. Economy As Bad As Katrina? It may be close - as reported by Business Insider.
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Graphic Credit Above: Mapping Hurricane Sandy's Deadly Toll: From the NY Times: "At last count, officials were attributing more than 100 deaths to Hurricane Sandy. Some patterns emerged in mapping the deaths in the region. Elderly residents were hit especially hard, with close to half of the people who died age 65 or older. In New York City, the majority of deaths occurred in Queens and on Staten Island, and most people perished at the height of the storm, drowned by the surge."
1. The Web will make salespeople MORE important.Conventional wisdom says that the ability of customer to research products and buy them online should make salespeople less important. It turns out that the opposite is the case, and companies are hiring more salespeople than ever. However, customers expect much more of the salespeople who contact and work with them. Customers now expect salespeople to have a expert's view of the customer's business, act as a manager of some crucial part of the customer's business, and be effective at protecting the customer's interests within the vendor organization..."
1981: Heavy snow with near blizzard conditions resulted in over a foot of wet snow, which caused the inflated fabric of the Metrodome to collapse and rip.
1957: Snowstorm in Southeast Minnesota. A foot is dumped at Winona. Heavy crop losses.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
THURSDAY NIGHT: Windy, turning sharply colder. Low: 32
Photo credit: "President Obama leaves the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, following his first news conference after his reelection. Mr. Obama addressed the subject of climate change at some length in response to a reporter's question." Jacquelyn Martin/AP