29 F. average high on December 10.
20 F. high on December 10, 2012.
1.8" snow fell yesterday morning.
5" snow on the ground at KMSP.
Windchill Advisory Posted. It may feel as cold as -25 to -30F for a time this morning.
Some days the weather column just writes itself. Like today. Until further notice I will refrain from using the word "bitter", after the note I received from Steve Hepokoksi in Maple Grove.
"Bitter is a state of mind, and if you keep using the word, soon we all will be. I challenge you to not use the word through the entire month of January. Feel free to start now. Fortifying, challenging, piercing, tear-inducing, bracing, stinging, OMGing, cryogenic, invigorating - it doesn’t have to be a happy word. Just not “bitter”. Please?" Steve implored.
O.K. Good point, Steve. I've banned the word from my lexicon, for the rest of December and all of January. It's the least I can do to help out. We're already in a fragile state, mentally. I don't want to pile on.
December is on life-support; the maps looks like late January, and no real improvement in our ("severe chilly") conditions are likely until late next week. The thaw keeps getting pushed back, but it's coming.
I may head to Deadhorse, Alaska to warm up. According to Christopher Burt at Weather Underground a recent high of 39F (with rain) was the warmest December temperature ever observed on Alaska's arctic shoreline. Good for them.
No big storms are brewing, just a machine-gun volley of clippers, each one dragging reinforcing jolts of cryogenic chill into Minnesota.
Hey, just don't call it bitter, OK?
* photo above courtesy of Steve Burns.
1996. The first 10 days of December have been the coldest since 1996, according to NOAA data.
Winter Driving Tips - How Can Alaska Be Warmer Than Oklahoma? In today's Climate Matters we take a look at Sunday's 30-car pile-up in southeastern Wisconsin. All it takes is one aggressive driver, moving too fast for conditions. It was a reminder that the temperature of a snowstorm is critical - the colder the storm, the greater the potential for snow compaction and glaze ice. Nothing short of a tank will provide reliable traction when there's freezing rain on the highways: "WeatherNationTV Chief Meteorologist Paul Douglas goes over the recent cold snap and the conditions that went into a major 30 car pileup in Milwaukee. Where are the warm spots in the US? How is Alaska warmer than the Panhandle of Texas?"
Image credit: Natural Sciences Institutes - Discovery & Innovation.
The coronal mass ejection, or CME, event was likely more powerful than the famous Carrington storm of 1859, when the sun blasted Earth’s atmosphere hard enough twice to light up the sky from the North Pole to Central America and allowed New Englanders to read their newspapers at night by aurora light, said CU-Boulder Professor Daniel Baker. Had it hit Earth, the July 2012 event likely would have created a technological disaster by short-circuiting satellites, power grids, ground communication equipment and even threatening the health of astronauts and aircraft crews, he said. - See more at: http://www.colorado.edu/news/features/severe-2012-solar-storm-narrowly-missed-earth#sthash.PKD60G4P.dpuf
Photo credit above: "NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature recorded in east Antarctica." Photograph: Atsuhiro Muto/AP.
Rocking 7 Continents. Metallica just played in Antarctica, making it the only band to play in all 7 continents. Rolling Stone has the details.
Image credit above: National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Image credit: Lou Beach.
Photo credit above: "Owning more doesn't bring happiness: 'the material pursuit of self-esteem reduces self-esteem.' Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA.
TODAY: Windchill Advisory. Arctic sun - fresh air! Feels like -25F. High: near 0
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clouds increase, not a cold. Low: -3
THURSDAY: Partly sunny, even milder. High: 17
FRIDAY: Patchy clouds, still a bit brisk. Wake-up: 10. High: 16
SATURDAY: Very light snow or flurries. Wake-up: 12. High: 18
SUNDAY: More subzero fun! Sunny & numb. Wake-up: 0. High: 4
MONDAY: Light snow. Light accumulation? Wake-up: -3. High: 13
TUESDAY: Some sun, not as nippy. Wake-up: 7. High: near 20
* photo above: Mike Hall Photography.
New Jersey Shore Likely Faces Unprecedented Flooding By Mid-Century. Rutgers University has the press release and links to new research; here's an excerpt: "Geoscientists at Rutgers and Tufts universities estimate that the New Jersey shore will likely experience a sea-level rise of about 1.5 feet by 2050 and of about 3.5 feet by 2100 – 11 to 15 inches higher than the average for sea-level rise globally over the century. That would mean, the scientists say, that by the middle of the century, the one-in-10 year flood level at Atlantic City would exceed any flood known there from the observational record, including Superstorm Sandy..."
Photo credit above: Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen, New Jersey Air National Guard. "The amusement pier at Seaside Heights, N.J., under attack by Hurricane Sandy."
Photo credit above: "Rainforest valley in the upper Amazon, Peru." Photo by Rhett Butler, mongabay.com.