By Paul Douglas
"May you live in interesting times." No kidding. Top national weather story of 2012? Sandy. Or was it the warmest year ever observed for the USA? 4 times more record highs than record lows? Maybe the record derecho that swept from Indiana to D.C. Record Arctic ice loss? That may have been a factor in America's weather getting stuck, with blast-furnace heat much of the summer. We went from record floods in 2011 to record drought in 2012, the worst, nationwide, since 1956. So no, I'm not really sure what the top story of 2012 was. Take your pick.
El Nino may be nudging the storm track south of Minnesota; New York City cleaning up from heavy rain & more coastal flooding, with blizzard conditions from Indianapolis to Cleveland and Syracuse. While we sit up here on the cold, crusty tundra, watching cobwebs form on the Doppler.
A cosmetic snowfall is possible from tonight into Friday, an inch or two not out of the question. Just enough to cover up the gently used snow-stubble in your yard. 20 F will feel good today. A family of clippers keep us chilly into New Year's Eve, but milder days are ahead. I see a January Thaw in just over a week.
Yes, we're getting off easy.
Todd's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
THURSDAY: Clouds increase, late flurries. High: 21 Winds: E 5-10mph
THURSDAY NIGHT: Snow develops, light dusting by morning. Low: 16
FRIDAY: Light snow continues. Light shoveling duties by the evening. High: 24
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy, good travel weather. Low: 12. High: 20
SUNDAY: More sun, chilling breeze. Low: 7. High: 19.
NEW YEAR'S EVE: Intervals of sun. So long 2012. Low: 4. High: 20
NEW YEAR'S EVE NIGHT: Mostly Cloudy during the countdown. Low: 12