35 F. average high on November 26.
31 F. high on November 26, 2013.
2.2" snow fell yesterday at MSP International Airport.
November 26 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: 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.
"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." Oprah got that right.
I'm thankful for my faith, friends and family - humbled to be married to the same amazing woman for 30 years - grateful that both my boys want to live in Minnesota - thrilled to be living in a state where readers know (a lot) about the weather. I'm also thankful I don't own a home near an earthquake fault or sea level; happy to be living in a state blessed with abundant water.
We all feel a drizzle of disappointment with our lives from time to time, but writing down things to be thankful for highlights just how lucky we all are to be living right here, right now.
Yes, it's cold, but the sun's out and winds are easing up. No travel problems today. An inch of powder falls tomorrow as you slip/slide your way to that big Black Friday sale. Models confirm fleeting 30s Saturday - a cold slap early next week, then milder air late next week as milder, Pacific air penetrates inland the second week of December. No Indian Summer in sight, but right now I'm thankful for the prospect of 30s.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Wednesday Snowfall Amounts. About 1-3" snow fell across most of the metro, but 4 at Northfield and closer to 8" near Mankato and Fairmont. Clipper snows are especially fickle, as the map above seems to demonstrate. Click here for the NWS snowfall update.
Additional Snow by Midnight Friday Night. The approach of milder air coupled with a jet streak sparks a smear of light snow over northern Minnesota and Wisconsin on Friday. A coating to 1" of accumulation is possible in the metro, maybe closer to 2" from Brainerd to Duluth. Map: NOAA and HAMweather.
Numb - Thaw - Repeat. The pattern still isn't ripe for any major storms (which usually approach from Denver, or more typically Oklahoma City, laden with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico). The best chance of a welcome thaw: Saturday, again the end of next week. Graphic: Weatherspark.
Map credit above: Virginia W. Mason, NG Staff Source: Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service.
Why Your Family Drives You Crazy. How much time do you have? Vox outlines some of the reasons why letting your guard down around family is a bad idea: "...The main reason why family members clash in this way is the same reason why they love each other so much: comfort. Family members know each other so well — too well — and that means they feel comfortable around each other. There are obviously great benefits to being in relationships where people feel accepted and secure. But comfort is a double-edged sword. It means that individuals feel safe showing every side of themselves to others — the good and, unfortunately, the bad and the ugly..."
The Worst Days To Fly in the U.S., Ranked. It's not the day before Thanksgiving, after all, according to Quartz. Here's a clip: "...The three busiest days to fly in the US are all in the summer. In 2013, they were July 18, 25, and 11, according to airport operations data from the FAA. Those were the three consecutive Thursdays following US Independence Day on July 4th (which was the 21st least-busiest day to fly)...."
THANKSGIVING: Sunny, contentedly numb. Winds: NW 5. High: 14
THURSDAY NIGHT. Clouds increase, flurries late. Low: 10
BLACK FRIDAY: 1-2" of light snow possible. Slippery roads. High: 27
SATURDAY: Welcome thaw. Patchy clouds. Wake-up: 24. High: 37
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy, much colder wind. Wake-up: 21. High: 24 (falling)
MONDAY: Bright, ineffective sun. Wind chill: -5. Wake-up: 4. High: 15
TUESDAY: Clouding up, windy. Not as cold. Wake-up: 11
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, still brisk. Wake-up: 9. High: 25
What Global Warming? Pass Me A Blanket. The current weather seems to influence our overall perception of climate change, as reported by Bloomberg and Japan Times; here's an excerpt: "...When people think the day’s weather is exceptionally cold, research shows, they’re less likely to be concerned about global warming. And when the day seems unusually hot, concern jumps. Notably, this effect can be found among Republicans and Democrats, men and women, young and old. Strange but true: As the question of climate change receives sustained attention in Washington in the coming months, public opinion is likely to be affected by short-term swings in the weather..."