34 F. average high on November 27.
39 F. high on November 27, 2012.
Minnesota Weather History on November 27 (courtesy of Twin Cities National Weather Service):
2005: In the early morning a home in Mower County was hit by lightning and burned to the ground, but no one was injured.
1994: A low pressure system had developed into the first Winter storm for Minnesota. By the early morning hours of the 28th, a swath of snow in excess of 6 inches had blanketed much of southwest through central into northeast Minnesota. Snowfalls of 6 inches or more occurred south of a line from Gunflint Lake in Cook county to near Ortonville in Big Stone county and along and north of a line from near Blue Earth in Faribault county to Red Wing in Goodhue county. The snow closed the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for a short time on the 27th, and contributed to hundreds of accidents and at least three fatalities. In addition, the build-up of ice and snow in combination with strong winds resulted in numerous downed power lines in southeast Minnesota.
1985: Cold hits northern Minnesota. 30 below zero at Crookston.
1971: Heavy snows in the Southwest. Redwood Falls gets a foot.
My late mother taught us to celebrate Thanksgiving every day of the year. She had a point. Our ancestors at Plymouth Rock were living meal to meal - trying to avoid smallpox and being murdered by Old Man Winter. It puts our modern-day challenges and setbacks into perspective.
Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day for the first time since 1888. It won't happen again until 78,881. No kidding.
The hyper-local dining room forecast calls for several inches of turkey and blizzards of mashed potato drifts, washed down with a few showers of hot gravy.
Am I stuffing too much into this forecast? My bad.
It's chilly, but at least the sun is out, afternoon highs in the mid-20s. No problems for power-shopping Friday or getting home Sunday. ECMWF model guidance shows a potential for a significant, plowable snowfall from Wednesday night into Friday of next week, followed by a healthy swipe of arctic air in 8-12 days; even a few nights below zero in the metro area?
NOAA's CFS (Climate Forecast System) model predicts 5 inches of snow on the ground for Christmas. We'll see. Statistically 7 out of 10 Christmases at MSP are white.
OK, enough babble. Time for my pre-turkey nap.
* the latest U.S. Drought Monitor update for the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley is here.
Graphic credit above: "Map of 2013 tropical storm and hurricane tracks." Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
The lower death toll from this week’s storms was not inevitable; it is the result of a half-century of scientific discovery and technological development: Doppler radar, weather satellites, lightning detection networks and smartphone apps. It is a result of volunteer storm chasers instantly reporting the most violent tornado (the Washington, Ill., storm) when it first touched down near Pekin.File photo above: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast.
No other nation enjoys the quality and breadth of meteorological services available in the United States. It is an area in which federal dollars are put to valuable use and leveraged through the efforts of private-sector weather companies such as AccuWeather, and by meteorologists and emergency managers.
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THANKSGIVING: Partly sunny and brisk. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 27
THURSDAY NIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy. Low: 12
FRIDAY: Dim sun, a bit milder. S 10. High: 32
SATURDAY: Intervals of sun, still quiet. Wake-up: 21. High: 33
SUNDAY: Sunny peeks, no travel problems. Wake-up: 22. High: 33
MONDAY: Clouds increase. Wake-up: 19. High: 30
TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, few flurries? Wake-up: 20. High: 29
WEDNESDAY: Heavier snow possible late day. Wake-up: 21. High: 28
* 22 degree halo photo courtesy of Steve Burns.
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On Campuses, A Fossil Fuels Divestment Movement. The Washington Post has the story - here's the introduction: "A divestment movement is marching across U.S. college campuses, borrowing tactics from the 1980s anti-apartheid campaign and using them against oil, gas and coal companies to fight climate change. Students are teaming with investment advisers to convince universities, pension funds and institutional investors that they can take a stand against fossil-fuel companies without hurting their returns. “We have a government that has been taken over by the fossil-fuel industry, so we’re going to pressure the fossil-fuel industry itself,” said Chloe Maxmin, a junior leading Divest Harvard..." (Image: Clean Technica).
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