38 F. average high on November 20.
54 F. high on November 20, 2012.
63 F. record high on November 20, 1925.
-3 F. record low on November 20, 1921.
November 20 in Minnesota Weather History (from the MPX National Weather Service office):
2001: Record highs were set in west and north central Minnesota with highs in the upper fifties to lower sixties. Redwood Falls set their high with 68 degrees Fahrenheit and Little Falls had a high of 65 degrees.
1980: On this date, around 28 thousand Canadian geese spent their nights on Silver Lake in Rochester.
"Americans are preoccupied with inches" my favorite college professor complained. "It gives the impression we can predict snowfall down to the inch, which is a pipe dream." Amen brother. We usually offer up a range of possible snowfall totals, but if I say 3 to 6 inches people remember 6. I guess we all tend to round up.
Final snowfall tallies depend on the precise storm track, the amount of moisture available, and temperatures throughout the lowest mile of the atmosphere. In 1976 there was one weather model from NOAA, the LFM. Now there are dozens. So much data, so little wisdom.
Some light snow is possible tonight; maybe a quick coating - more nuisance than "plowable". This quick burst of white comes along the leading edge of much colder air for the weekend. A lack of deep snow cover will limit just how cold it can get, but highs only reach the teens & 20s on Saturday.
Lake effect snows will kick in downwind of Lakes Superior and Michigan; a soaking rain event shaping up for the east coast before Thanksgiving. No big, controversial storms are brewing close to home into next week. Highs approach 30F Thanksgiving Day, within a few degrees of average.
Could be worse.
Graphic credit above: "The correlation between the Snow Advance Index (SOI) and Arctic Oscillation (AO) over time." (Judah Cohen).
Photo credit above: "Aerials of the tornado damage in Gifford, Il. can be seen Tuesday Nov. 19, 2013. The tornado was Sunday Nov. 17, 2013. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service say preliminary surveys show at least 11 tornadoes touched down in Illinois during Sunday's storms." (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Vanda Bidwell).
"Climate Change and Midwest Tornadoes". Here's a PDF from Climate Nexus.
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Everyone In The World Hates Their Jobs - But Americans Hate Theirs The Most. Fast Company has results of a recent survey - here is a clip from an interesting story: "We suppose this survey of 8,000 workers across the United States, Canada, India, and Europe makes it somewhat official: America is number one! Number one in the percentage of employees who hate their jobs, that is. Monster.com and market research company GfK conducted the study, which revealed that only 53% of Americans actively enjoy their jobs, and 15% actively dislike them. Canadians, meanwhile, took top prize for having the cheeriest workforce: 64% of Canadians like their jobs, while only 7% hate what they do..."
The cameras we'll be looking at are:
- Canon PowerShot S120
- Fujifilm X-Q1
- Panasonic Lumix LF1
- Pentax MX-1
- Sony RX100 M2
- Nikon Coolpix P330..."
TODAY: Cloudy and cold. Light PM snow developing. Winds: N 10-20. High: 33
THURSDAY NIGHT: Light snow, a coating may ice up some roads. Low: 23
FRIDAY: More clouds than sun, chilly. High: near 30 (wind chill in the teens).
SATURDAY: Hello January! Bright sunshine. Wake-up: 19. High: 23 (feels like single digits)
SUNDAY: Breezy, temperature rebound a bit. Wake-up: 14. High: 29
MONDAY: Clouds increase, colder late. Wake-up: 23. high: 34
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, chilly but storm-free. Wake-up: 16. High: 28
WEDNESDAY: Intervals of sun, still dry. Wake-up: 14. High: 25
THANKSGIVING: Mix of clouds and sun, still dry. High: 28
Graphic credit above: "Global temperature departures from average for October 2013, which was the seventh-warmest October on record." Credit: NOAA.
Photo credit above: "Coal, whose burning spews about twice the greenhouse gases as natural gas, is not in retreat. In 2011, coal was used to generate 30.3 percent of the world’s primary energy, the highest level since 1969, according to the World Coal Association, an industry trade group. That share slipped only to 29.9 percent last year." Photographer: Dadang Tri/Bloomberg.
1. Climate costs must be balanced against jobs and the economy
Photo credit above: "Debris littering the streets of Tacloban on November 14, nearly a week after the storm struck." (PHOTO: TROCAIRE/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS).