52 F. average high on October 29.
45 F. high on October 29, 2012.
Trace of rain fell yesterday at MSP up until 7 PM.
5.5" snow fell at MSP on October 29, 1905
October 29 Weather History for Minnesota:
1951: A early snow storm dropped as much as 8 inches of snowfall in north central Minnesota. Mora had 8 inches, while Long Prairie received 6 inches. Glenwood, Little Falls, Morris, and New London all had 5 inches of new snow. Meanwhile, surrounding areas received a couple of inches.
1936: Gale dust storm causes damage in Central Minnesota. Heavy wind damage is reported in Stearns County.
"...123 million Americans, more than a third of the entire country, live in coastal counties, a number that increased by 39% from 1970 to 2010. About 3.7 million Americans live within just a few feet of the sea at high tide, putting them at even more extreme risk for coastal flooding..." - from a Time Magazine retrospective of Sandy, details below. Map above showing Sandy storm surge flooding vs. Cat 4 storm surge potential flooding courtesy of the Capital Weather Gang - details below.
650,000 U.S. homes damaged or destroyed by Sandy. Source: NBC News.
Image credit above: CIMSS/SSEC/University of Wisconsin-Madison and NOAA/NASA/JPSS Project.
Photo credit: Mike Groll, AP.
TODAY: Cloudy and damp. A few showers may arrive by late afternoon or evening. Winds: E 10. High: 53
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Periods of light rain. Low: 45
HALLOWEEN: Light showers taper early. Dry, damp evening for Trick or Treating. High: near 50
FRIDAY: More clouds than sun, cooler. Wake-up: 40. High: 46
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, less wind. Wake-up: 31. High: 46
SUNDAY: Dim sun, milder. Gusty winds. Wake-up: 30. High: 50
MONDAY: Clouds increase with late showers, not bad for November. Wake-up: 40. High: 49
TUESDAY: A cold rain spreads in. Wake-up: 36. High: 44
* rain may end as some wet snow Tuesday night into Wednesday. It's too early for specifics.
U.S. Says It Won't Back New, International Coal-Fired Power Plants. The number one thing we can do, worldwide, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Phase out coal-fired power plants, convert them to natural gas or retire them altogether. Sequestering CO2 underground (carbon sequestration) hasn't been proven to be even remotely cost-effective. And no, this probably won't happen anytime soon, but the market is doing what regulation can't - relatively cheap natural gas is powering an increasing percentage of the grid, producing roughly half the carbon emissions. Here's an excerpt from The New York Times: "In an aggressive move to impose President Obama’s environmental policies overseas, the Treasury Department on Tuesday largely declared an end to United States support for new coal-fired power plants around the world. The decision means that Mr. Obama’s administration will no longer contribute to coal projects financed by the World Bank and other international development banks..." (Photo: AP File).