32 F. high temperature at KMSP Friday.
30 F. average high for December 7.
29 F. high on December 7, 2011.
1/2" snow fell in the Twin Cities yesterday.
Today: better travel day of the weekend.
Winter Storm Warning posted for tonight and Sunday.
"Plowable" snowfall likely in the metro; right now I'm thinking 2-5" from late tonight into midday Sunday.
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 839 PM CST FRI DEC 7 2012 ...LIGHT SNOW TAPERING OFF THIS EVENING...THEN A LARGER WINTER STORM EXPECTED SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY EVENING... .THE FIRST OF TWO SYSTEMS HAS BEEN PRODUCING LIGHT SNOW ACROSS MOST OF SOUTHERN MINNESOTA...BUT THE SNOW WAS TAPERING OFF. ACCUMULATIONS THE REST OF THE NIGHT IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA WILL BE LESS THAN ONE INCH. IT APPEARS THE SECOND SYSTEM FOR THE WEEKEND WILL DEVELOP INTO A WINTER STORM. A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT NORTH OF A LINE FROM MADISON MINNESOTA TO THE TWIN CITIES AND LADYSMITH WISCONSIN SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING. SNOW WILL SPREAD INTO WESTERN MINNESOTA BY EARLY SATURDAY EVENING...AND THEN PUSH EAST...ACROSS EASTERN MINNESOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN BY LATE SATURDAY EVENING. THE SNOW COULD BE HEAVY AT TIMES. SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS IN THE WINTER STORM WARNING AREA WILL RANGE FROM 5 TO 8 INCHES...WITH THE HIGHEST TOTALS NORTHEAST OF INTERSTATE 94. A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR A PORTION OF SOUTHERN MINNESOTA INTO WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN...FROM GRANITE FALLS AND REDWOOD FALLS TO RED WING...THEN TO EAU CLAIRE AND CHIPPEWA FALLS WISCONSIN. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS IN THE WINTER STORM WATCH AREA COULD REACH 6 INCHES...IF THE STORM SLIDES A LITTLE SOUTH.
* updated (December 4) U.S. Drought Monitor is here.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
* a couple inches of additional snow may fall next Saturday, a week from today.
Photo credit above: "Ski resorts are expected to suffer from global warmng." Marcin Moryc, Shutterstock.
Photo credit: "Melting ice means a Russian gas company can now send tankers to Japan through the Arctic Ocean, instead of the Suez Canal." Tim Lucas - Creative Commons.
Reality: We are currently on track for a rise of between 6.3° and 13.3°F, with a high probability of an increase of 9.4°F by 2100, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Other modelers are getting similar results, including a study published earlier this month by the Global Carbon Project consortium confirming the likelihood of a 9ºF rise.
* excerpt above from Scientific American. Details below.
Photo credit above: (Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) "Skiers ride the lower lift at Park City Mountain Resort on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. A new report warns that global warming will make low-snow years more prevalent and batter the ski industry."
Photo credit above: "Today, ice loss in Greenland and Antarctica is trending at least 100 years ahead of projections compared to IPCC's first three reports. Pictured: Rajenda Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)." Image: Flickr/kk+
Image credit above: "Departure from average of Arctic surface temperatures during the first decade of the 21st century, as compared to the 1971-2000 average. This map illustrates that no part of the Arctic experienced cooler than average conditions during this period." Credit: NOAA.
Photo credit above: "A technician stands on an iceberg in Columbia Bay, Alaska, during filming of "Chasing Ice," which follows a photographer recording the changing Arctic." Photo: James Balog, Associated Press / SF