13 F. high in the Twin Cities Christmas Day.
25 F. average high on December 25.
42 F. high temperature on December 25, 2011.
No significant storms brewing thru the first week of January.
Image credit above: "This image uses the model output from the ECMWF experiment, showing where Sandy was predicted to be located five-days out with the normal satellite data inputs into the model (left) and without any polar-orbiting satellite data (right). Both position and intensity forecasts were affected - Sandy stays out to sea without the polar-orbiting satellite data, and the closer isobar lines encircling the storm also imply a more organized and stronger system."
Photo credit above: "Rutgers University graduate students Greg Seroka, left, and Travis Miles launched a Slocum electric glider robot probe like this one to record ocean temperatures, currents and other information from the heart of superstorm Sandy." (Gannett, Kirk Moore - Asbury Park (N.J.) Press.
2012 will be remembered as the year of the drought, and a crop year with weather extremes and highly variable crop conditions in many areas of Minnesota. The year started out with earlier-than-normal corn planting in most of the state, with a large majority corn planted in April or very early May. Warmer-than-normal temperatures, along with adequate topsoil moisture, resulted in excellent crop germination and allowed the 2012 corn and soybean crop to get off to a good start. The month of May had 150-200% of normal rainfall in much of the southern half of Minnesota, which allowed for restoration of stored soil moisture levels to near capacity levels in many areas..."
Photo credit above: AP/Nati Harnik.
Image above: NOAA.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
"Be loyal to what you love, be true to the earth, fight your enemies with passion and laughter." - Edward Abbey
Image credit: Ohio State University and The Columbus Dispatch.