-31 F. record low set on December 24, 1872.
11 F. high in the Twin Cities Tuesday.
25 F. average high on December 24.
18 F. high on December 24, 2012.
Minnesota Weather History on Christmas Eve. Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service.
1999: Strong winds resulted in a one hundred thirty foot radio tower to collapse in Milaca. No wind measurements were available in the city of Milaca. However, Princeton airport (Mille Lacs county), had a gust to 45 mph at 10:35 pm CST. St. Cloud airport (Stearns County), had a gust to 44 mph at 8:52 pm CST. Mora (Kanabec county) had a gust to 55 mph at 9:35 pm CST, and a gust to 47 mph at 10:35 pm CST.
1996: A strong low pressure system which deposited heavy snow over much of Minnesota on the 23rd, pulled extremely cold Canadian air southward over Minnesota. The cold remained entrenched through the 26th. Temperatures fell to 15 to 35 degrees below zero Christmas Day morning. The Twin Cities and St. Cloud set new record low temperatures both days. In addition, the high temperature on Christmas Day in the Twin Cities was only 9 degrees below zero. Combined with the record low temperature that morning of 22 below, the mean temperature for Christmas Day was 16 degrees below zero. This Christmas Day set a new record for being the coldest day on record for the Twin Cities metro area, going back to the year 1890 when modern day records began.
1922: People were golfing in the Twin Cities as temperatures reached the 50's.
Your Big Gift
I'm stepping off the consumerism-treadmill this year. Why? More megapixels and gigabytes won't make me any happier; technology that's obsolete when I walk out of the store.
In the end all this "stuff" won't matter much. The magic of Christmas? The most precious gifts are staring us in the face: the hustle & bustle of gloriously inconvenient friends & family camped out under the tree.
No ties, socks or shiny-red Dopplers this year. Experiences trump things. Turn off your Facebook and surprise me with some face-time. Quality time with your (real) social network is the biggest gift of all.
Although, come to think of it, monogrammed snowshoes might make a lovely gift this year.
Last night's snowy burst has freshened up our Winter Wonderland; no more accumulating snow is in sight into the weekend. 20s will feel like sweet relief today; 30s likely Saturday before Canada sends a series of sweet, Yukon treats south of the border next week. Unnecessary chill spills over into the first week of 2014, but I see evidence of slight moderation by week two. Old Man Winter may take his foot off the gas within a few weeks.
Until then think warm thoughts and have a blessed Christmas.
Photo credit above: "A tourist wearing a protective mask looks at buildings at the Bund under heavy haze in Shanghai, China, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Shanghai’s environmental protection bureau issued a “yellow” pollution warning this afternoon and said it was taking “emergency emission reduction” measures and recommended that children, the elderly and people suffering from heart disease or lung disease should stay indoors and cease outdoor exercises." (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko).
The 5 Top U.S. Weather Stories Of 2013. Here's an excerpt of a list compiled by The Capital Weather Gang that (in my humble opinion) has the right idea: "In the United States, the major weather stories of 2013 are somewhat contradictory. One the one hand, several horrible weather events occurred, from violent tornadoes in Oklahoma to record wildfires in the West to “biblical flooding” in Colorado. But the year also brought the fewest tornadoes in recent memory and a largely absent Atlantic hurricane season. Overall, 2013 is likely to finish with 8 billion dollar weather disasters in the U.S., down from 11 in 2012 and 13 in 2011 but up from the 4 in 2010 and 6 in 2009. Here are my selections for 5 biggest weather events of 2013 in the United States, presented in no particular order..."
Photo credit above: "Tornado passes across south Oklahoma City, Monday, May 20, 2013." (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern).
Photo credit: Flickr/PrayItNoPhotography.
Image credit above: "An orographic cirrus cloud formation on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains, as seen at night by the Suomi NPP satellite on 12/18/13." (Source: CIMSS Satellite Blog).
CHRISTMAS: Not as Nanook. Few flurries. Winds: West 15+ High: 23
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, still cold. Low: 2
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, more flakes. High: 20
FRIDAY: Sunny peeks, feeling better. Wake-up: 10. High: 32
SATURDAY: Brief thaw. Lot's of clouds. Wake-up: 19. High: 33
SUNDAY: Partly sunny, colder wind. Wake-up: 0. High: 5
MONDAY: At least the sun's out! Numb. Wake-up: -10. High: 1
TUESDAY: Patchy clouds and flurries. Wake-up: -13. High: 10
Photo credit above: "Tacloban after Typhoon Haiyan: Climate models have improved in the past couple of decades, yet impact models which show the effects on agriculture, flooding, drought and even human health still have a level of uncertainty." Image: UK Department for International Development/Flickr.
Photo credit above: "A house in Mantaloking, N.J., severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Each of the town's 521 houses was destroyed or damaged in the storm." Mel Evans - AP.
"We need new production equal to a new Saudi Arabia every 3 to 4 years to maintain and grow supply... New discoveries have not matched consumption since 1986. We are drawing down on our reserves, even though reserves are apparently climbing every year. Reserves are growing due to better technology in old fields, raising the amount we can recover – but production is still falling at 4.1% p.a. [per annum]."- from a post at The Guardian, details below. Image above: Clean Technica.
Solar Activity Is Not A Key Contributor To Climate Change: Study. International Business Times has the story - here's an excerpt: "Variations in heat from the sun have not strongly influenced climate change, according to a new study conducted by scientists at the University of Edinburgh, which instead points the finger at volcanic activity and greenhouse gases for the planet's ever-changing climate patterns. The findings of the study, published in Nature GeoScience on Sunday, have overturned a widely-held scientific concept that long-lasting periods of warm and cold weather in the past might have been caused by periodic fluctuations in solar activity. The researchers examined causes of climate change in Earth’s northern hemisphere over the past 1,000 years and found that until the year 1800, the key driver of periodic changes in climate was volcanic activity..."
Photo credit above: " NASA/SDO/AIA.
Image credit above: "Counting birds at Christmas: Volunteers this holiday season are tallying birds as part of Audubon's 114th annual Christmas Bird Count, which helps scientists understand how birds are responding to various pressures, including climate change." (Michael Risinint/The Journal News).
"Increased heating from global warming may not cause droughts but it is expected that when droughts occur they are likely to set in quicker and be more intense."In the end, climate change is important because it affects our lives, our societies, and our economies; impacts that are occurring because of extreme weather. It is critical to be able to accurately assess the trends in observed extreme weather so we can better plan our mitigation and adaptation strategies. The old adage of "you don't know where you are going unless you know where you've been" seems to apply pretty well here..."
Photo credit above: "A new study finds that global warming will probably cause droughts to set in quicker and be more intense." Photograph: David Gray/REUTERS.