23 F. average high for January 10.
52 F. high on January 10, 2012.
.05" rain fell at KMSP yesterday as of 7 pm.
2" snow remains on the ground in the metro area.
...LIGHT FREEZING RAIN FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN TONIGHT... .LIGHT FREEZING RAIN WILL CONTINUE TONIGHT ACROSS CENTRAL MINNESOTA...ESPECIALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM MORRIS TO MINNEAPOLIS TO RED WING...AND IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN. THE LIGHT FREEZING RAIN WILL CONTINUE INTERMITTENTLY THROUGH THE NIGHT...AND LINGER INTO FRIDAY MORNING ACROSS THE NORTH. TEMPERATURES WILL WARM INTO THE MIDDLE 30S BY MIDDAY FRIDAY. ...FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM CST FRIDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN HAS ISSUED A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM CST FRIDAY. * TIMING...LIGHT FREEZING RAIN CONTINUING TONIGHT...AND LAST THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. * ICE ACCUMULATIONS...UP TO A TENTH OF AN INCH. * OTHER IMPACTS...UNTREATED ROADS AND WALKWAYS WILL BECOME SLIPPERY. ICE WILL ACCUMULATE ON VEHICLES LEFT OUTDOORS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
Photo credit above: Associated Press. "Tammy Holmes shelters her grandchildren Charlotte Walker, 2, Esther Walker, 4, Liam Walker, 9, Matilda, 11, and Caleb Walker, 6, under a jetty as a wildfire rages nearby in Dunalley, Australia, Jan. 4, 2013. This photo was taken by Tammy Holme’s husband Tim Holmes." Photo by Tim Holmes, via: Time
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1. You’re closer to the end. Planning for the end of life — your own and that of your elder loved ones — is more urgent than ever before. Not doing so may mean enduring costly medical measures that prolong life without sustaining its quality and burdening others with agonizing decisions based on guesswork.
Solution: Have end-of-life conversations with family members soon, fill out the legal documents that make your medical wishes and estate management affairs clear and analyze long-term care insurance options...."
Photo credit: Digital Vision/Thinkstock , nextavenue.org.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
"There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true".
- Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
Graphic credit above: "Record low Arctic sea ice, September 16, 2012" (NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio)
Atmospheric warming has certainly slowed greatly in the past decade. The Met Office says this appears to be due to natural cycles that are counteracting the warming effect of greenhouse gases. After incorporating new analysis of natural cycles into its latest model of atmospheric and ocean circulation, it has concluded that we are in for a few more years of little change. Having calculated annual global temperatures for the next five years, its best guess is that they will be, on average, 0.43 °C higher than the average for 1970 to 2000. That's down from its previous prediction of a 0.54 °C rise. If the new prediction proves right, then 2017 will barely be warmer than most years in the past decade..."