38 F. average high on November 21.
39 F. high on November 21, 2013.
November 21, 1996: Heavy snowfall accumulated over the same areas that were hit two days earlier. Four to seven inches of snowfall were reported across the area. Heavier snowfall occurred during the daylight hours of the 23rd. Snowfall totals of six inches were reported in the Twin Cities, Chanhassen, Stewart, St. James and Redwood Falls.
November 21, 1970: Gale driven snow across Minnesota. 45 mph winds over Rochester and Duluth.
Coldest Minnesota November Since '96
To receive my meteorology degree I had to pass 6 calculus courses. Which explains why I still can't balance my checkbook. I'm no math major - but by my calculations we just went 12 days in a row below 32F, the most consecutive sub-freezing November days since 1880.
Here in the Land of Feeble Weather Expectations FREEZING can feel like an epiphany. Pathetically poetic. I'll be firing up the grill as temperature surge into the upper 30s today and low 40s Sunday.
A sloppy southern storm tracks well east of Minnesota, brushing us with a little drizzle, maybe a coating of slushy snow Monday, but no meteorological travesties are brewing close to home between now and Thanksgiving. A reinforcing cold front arrives Wednesday with a quick burst of fluff; highs Thursday hold in the teens with a subzero wind chill.
I see more volatility in the pattern, more big swings in temperature. Models hint at 30s returning late next week for power-shopping; even a few 40s as we ease into December. According to Dr. Mark Seeley November has been the coldest since 1996.
California is finally seeing rain - El Nino is kicking in. Yes the cold came early, but I'm still not convinced another polar vortex winter is imminent.
Snow Shoveling 101: How Not To Kill Yourself. Yahoo Health has some good advice.
Flash Flood Watch for western New York, including metro Buffalo. The concern is heavy rain and 50s adding additional weight to the snowpack on area rooftops, resulting in more collapses into next week. Details from The Buffalo News.
* graphic above from a 2003 paper by Burnett, et all available via PDF here.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy, thawing out. A little drizzle possible. Winds: SW 10. High: near 40
SATURDAY NIGHT: Cloudy, chance of drizzle. Low: 38
SUNDAY: A little light rain or drizzle - better chance of rain across Wisconsin. High: 42
MONDAY: Colder, coating - 1 inch of slush? Wake-up: 28. High: 30
TUESDAY: Some sun. Good travel weather. Wake-up: 12. High: 23
WEDNESDAY: Light snow, turning even colder. Wake-up: 17. High: 26
THURSDAY: Cold turkey. Hot gravy. A bit numb. Wake-up: 7. High: 16
FRIDAY: Breezy & milder for power shopping. Wake-up: 11. High: 29
* photo above: New York State Police.
Image credit above: Courtesy of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
Animation credit: Sightline Institute
Faith Groups Divided Over God's Role in Climate Change, Natural Disasters. The Washington Post has the story - here's a clip: "...Americans largely concur that God created the Earth. But when it comes to how he wants its environment treated, and how much he’s willing to intercede — the agreement ends. A new poll released Friday shows major differences between faith groups on topics including concern over climate change, whether natural disasters are a sign of biblical end times and how deeply connected they feel to nature..." (Image credit above: NASA).
* How Nike is building climate change and weather extremes into marketing for it's new base-layer apparel.