Psychology of Snow
A veritable blizzard of e-mails, texts, tweets and calls came into my office yesterday from concerned citizens. You would have thought I was tracking a cloud of radioactivity, a volcanic eruption near Willmar - or maybe a swarm of zombies showing up on Doppler.
"Is it going to be bad?" No. It's just snow.
"Why do we panic so much now for just a few inches of snow?" someone asked at a St. Paul Rotary talk yesterday. Great question. My hunch? Far more traffic on area roads. An inch of snow at the wrong time (and temperature) can wreak havoc with people's schedules. That, and a steady drumbeat of weather drama in the media. Hey, storms are good for ratings, right?
The reality: it's tough getting a huge pile of snow when there's so much mild air already in place, and soil temperatures are still relatively warm from a few days in the 40s and 50s. A fresh blast of arctic air usually precedes our most notable snowfalls, when not only the air but the ground is cold enough for the snow to stick and accumulate rapidly.
Our quick shot of slush gives way to chilled sun later today, any snow in your yard mostly-gone by Thursday. 40s return early next week before another cold frontal passage Monday and Tuesday. Cold but not exactly arctic. A zonal, west to east wind flow from the Pacific may prevent any extended bitter outbreaks looking out the next 2 weeks or so.
Photo credit above: "Todd Fadel, at piano, leads singers at a recent gathering of Beer & Hymns at First Christian Church Portland." John Burnett/NPR.
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TODAY: Slow, slushy start. Chilled PM sun. Winds: NW 10. High: 39
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear, a few slippery spots. Low: 26
THURSDAY: Partly sunny, better travel day. High: 42
FRIDAY: Clouds increase, PM showers. Wake-up: 28. High: 44
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy, cool wind. Wake-up: 33. High: 41
SUNDAY: Fading sun, close to average. Wake-up: 27. High: 46
MONDAY: Blue sky, windy and colder. Wake-up: 35. High: 38
TUESDAY: Some sun, feels like (late) November. Wake-up: 24. High: 34
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Adapting To Climate Change Does Not Mean Accepting It. Here's a clip from an entry at Huffington Post: "...My view is that the technical breakthroughs needed for this transformation will come. I am counting on human ingenuity coupled with a growing cultural awareness of the need for clean, renewable energy. As early 20th century New Yorkers stepped through the manure in lower Manhattan, they knew that the era of horse-based transportation had reached its limit. Horses worked well in small towns, but created problems in larger cities. We know that a planet with over seven billion people cannot fuel its economy the same way it did when it was as a planet of one or two billion people. We also need to remember that adapting to climate change does not mean that we accept it. We still need to eliminate global warming by reducing the production of greenhouse gases."
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Photo credit above: "Aerosols such as this smog over Mexico City have helped keep temperatures down. What would happen if they were cleaned up?" Flickr/brian.gratwicke.