By Todd Nelson
What a difference a few weeks makes, huh?!
After a VERY warm start to December, we've finally settled into a more winter-like pattern. According to NOAA, 65% of the nation was covered in snow on Thursday. On December 6th, only 6% of the nation was covered in snow! The most recent storm brought snow to Texas and Amarillo recorded a "White Christmas" for the 2nd year in a row. That becomes only the 2nd back-to-back white Christmas in recorded history (1894-1895).
Unfortunately, this was a big severe weather and tornado producing storm with 40 preliminary tornado reports. We'll see how many ACTUAL tornadoes the National Weather Service comes up with, but it may very well be the most tornadoes EVER on record for a Christmas day (record: 12 set in 1969).
A weak bundle of energy will cross through the region today with a prolonged light/fluffy snow chance through much of the day. I could see a few inches of fluff along the MN/IA border and up to a couple of inches for folks in the Twin Cities. Expect a few light shoveling reps and not-so-nice traveling conditions as the disturbance drifts by. we may see our first metro sub-zero reading by the start of 2013!
Todd's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
FRIDAY: Light snow continues. Light shoveling duties, up to a couple inches possible across the Metro. A few inches likely across far southern MN. High: 24. Winds: NE turning NNW 5-10.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a few lingering flurries/light snow showers. Low: 12
SATURDAY: AM flurry? PM clearing trend. High: 20
SUNDAY: Clipper arrives.Getting breezy with a few flurries late. Low: 7. High: 22.
NEW YEAR'S EVE: Intervals of sun. So long 2012. Low: 7. High: 15
NEW YEAR'S EVE NIGHT: Looks cold for the countdown. Low: 0
There is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice.”
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Notable U.S. tornado events with at least one EF2 tornado occurring between Dec. 24 and Dec. 26:
Dec. 24-25, 1964: 14 tornadoes, AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, TN, WV (3 F3, 2 deaths (GA), ~30 total injuries).
Dec. 25, 1969: 12 tornadoes, FL, GA, LA (2 F3, 1 death (LA), 17 total injuries).
Dec. 25-26, 1973: 7 tornadoes, AL, FL, GA, OH, MO (2 F2, 0 deaths, 2 injuries).
Dec. 24, 1975: 3 tornadoes, TX, FL (1 F3 (TX), 0 deaths, 0 injuries).
Dec. 24-25, 1977: 3 tornadoes, MS, FL (1 F3 (MS), 0 deaths, 7 injuries).
Dec. 24-26, 1982: 29 tornadoes, OK, MO, AR, TN, MS (1 F4 (AR), 2 F3, 3 deaths (AR/MO), 32 total injuries).
Dec. 24, 1988; 1 tornado, TN (1 F4, 1 death, 7 injuries).
Dec. 24, 1997: 3 tornadoes, AL (1 F2, 0 deaths, 5 injuries).
Dec. 25, 2006: 6 tornadoes, GA, FL (4 F2, 0 deaths, 14 injuries).
Dec. 24, 2009: 22 tornadoes, TX, LA, MS (3 F2, 0 deaths, 4 injuries).
Other relevant statistics from SPC:
* AL, GA, LA, MS, and FL are the most likely states to experience tornado events around this time of year.
* The last time a number of tornadoes impacted the Gulf Coast area around Christmas Day was in 2009, when 22 tornadoes occurred during the morning hours of December 24th.
* In over 60 years there have been two EF4-rated tornadoes on Christmas Eve, one in 1982 in AR, the other in 1988 in TN.
* The last killer tornado around Christmas was a Christmas Eve EF4 in TN in 1988, killing one person and injuring 7.”