34 F. high in the Twin Cities Sunday (early). Afternoon temperatures fell thru the 20s.
27 F. average high for December 16.
26 F. high on December 16, 2011.
Trace of snow fell Sunday in the Twin Cities.
12.4" snow at KMSP so far this winter season.
16.4" normal snowfall as of December 16.
1" snow on the ground in the Twin Cities.
In recent years there has been no serious effort to address this problem, no piece of gun legislation was seriously considered during this session of Congress. It is the subject no one wants to talk about for fear of offending the powerful gun lobby. Perhaps it it time to remember what Ed Murrow told us, that "we are not descendanted from fearful people.". Our forefathers had the courage to tell the most powerful country of their day, you have gone too far. We can tolerate this no more. And upon their courage America was built. Have we, their descendants, become so afraid of the possible political consequences that we are unwilling to explore ways to make a safer world for our children? I cannot believe we have. I think we are better than that." - Bob Schieffer, CBS Face the Nation, December 16, 2012
"It's winter in Minneapolis, and the gentle breezes blow, 70 miles per hour at 52 below! Oh, how I love Minneapolis, when the snow's up your butt; you take a breath of winter air, and your nose is frozen shut. Yes, the weather here is wonderful. You may think I'm a fool. I could never leave Minneapolis, 'cause I'm frozen to the stool." - Anonymous
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Photo credit above: Daily News Photo by Jeffrey Langlois. "Sections of the Everglades Club golf course and surrounding areas of Midtown lie less than 2 feet above high-tide sea level."
Cartoon credit above: "Climate change deniers refuse to accept scientific warnings." (David Horsey / Los Angeles Times / December 13, 2012)