26 F. average high on December 20.
33 F. high on December 20, 2011.
1/2 inch of snow fell at MSP International in Richfield yesterday.
No big storms brewing between now and New Year's Day.
2012: second costliest year for U.S. weather disasters on record. Details below.
Photo credit above: "The Casino Pier's wrecked Jet Star roller coaster in Seaside Heights, N.J., Nov. 28, 2012. A month after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc along the Jersey Shore, the area is slowly starting to recover." (Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)
349 Americans lost their lives due to extreme weather so far in 2012, 131 of them in Hurricane Sandy. Source: NOAA.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota
Map: NOAA, National Climatic Data Center.
Graphic credit: "Projected warming even with (an unlikely) low climate sensitivity of between 1.5°C and 2.0°C from Michael Ring et al 2012. A WSJ op-ed that cites this work absurdly concludes “Evidence points to a further rise of just 1°C by 2100.” Not even close."
Photo credit above: "Researchers have discovered a strong historical link between global temperature increases and increases in volcanic activity." (Photo: Shutterstock)