24 F. average high for January 2.
20 F. high on January 2, 2012.
4/10ths of an inch of snow fell at KMSP International Airport yesterday.
3" snow on the ground (at least at the airport). Amounts vary around the metro area.
16.2" snow so far this winter in the Twin Cities.
22.6" average snowfall, as of January 2.
* the blue line above shows the actual temperatures, day by day, for the Twin Cities in 2012. Note the lack of any record lows (light blue line at the bottom of the curve) - temperatures much of the year well above the average band (brown) near the middle of the curve. Graphic courtesy of NOAA.
699 Severe Weather Watches Issued Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm
1066 Tornado Reports – Actuals still being tallied, but through September 839 Actual Tornadoes.
7022 Damaging Hail Reports 3/4″ or Larger
14,043 Damaging Wind Events 57 MPH or Higher
Texas received the most reports, while Hawaii and Alaska tied for the least.
3/02/12 was the most Tornadic day, with 132 reports of Tornadoes.
7/01/12 was the most Severe day, with 737 Reports.
* data courtesy of Weather HQ. Wall cloud photo above: NOAA.
Photo credit above: "August 31, 2012: A solar filament erupts out into space." (Image: NASA/GSFC/SDO)
Photo credit above: "The POLETAP SMARTROD uses a built-in accelerometer to detect fish strikes."
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
Photo credit above: "Chevron CEO John Watson: The company is the second largest investor-owned oil and gas business in the world, reportedly making a $24 billion profit in 2012."
What were the most notable climate-related stories of the year?
"A group led by Greg Laden, interested in climate science, put together a list of notable, often, most worrying, climate-related stories of the year, along with a few links that will allow you to explore the stories in more detail. While it started, perhaps innocently, as a quest for a 'top ten' list, the effort to fit within an arbitrary limit quickly fell by the wayside. Thus, we did not try to make this a "top ten" list, because it is rather silly to fit the news, or the science, or the stuff the Earth does in a given year into an arbitrary number of events. (What if we had 12 fingers, and "10" was equal to 6+6? Then there would always be 12 things, not 10, on everyone's list. Makes no sense.) We ended up with 18 items, but note that some of these things are related to each other in a way that would allow us to lump them or split them in different ways. (See this post by Joe Romm for a more integrated approach to the year's events..."