27 F. high in the Twin Cities Friday; coldest day of the winter season so far.
37 F. average high for November 23.
52 F. high on November 23, 2011.
.5" snow fell yesterday at Twin Cities International Airport.
2012: Off-The-Scale Warm. NOAA released the latest data for the lower 48 states, showing that it's pretty much a sure bet that this year will be the warmest ever observed in the USA, warmer than 1998, 1999 and 2006.
More Hints Of Indian Summer (Lite). Not sure we'll see 60 again, but can I interest you in 50s? The ECMWF map above is valid next Saturday evening, showing another ridge of high pressure expanding northward across the Plains. In fact we'll probably see a few days above 50 the first week of December. Map above: WSI.
December...Rain? The GFS forecast for a week from Tuesday (December 4) shows the "540 line", the approximate rain/snow line, slicing across the Dakotas - the atmosphere potentially mild enough for rain. On December 4. The way this year is going nothing much surprises me anymore.
Instant Winter. Was it really 60 on Thanksgiving Day (before the arctic front arrived?) Good grief. In spite of a little PM sunshine highs were stuck in the teens and 20s, ranging from 19 at Alexandria to 25 St. Cloud (where 1.4" snow fell) to 27 in the Twin Cities.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
* more on the documentary "Chasing Ice" here.