43 F. average high on November 12.
28 F. high on November 12, 2013.
November 12, 1986: By this time lakes had frozen over as far south as Winona.
November 12, 1938: Snowstorm across Northern Minnesota. Barometer falls to 29.31 in Duluth.
November 12, 1933: First Great Dust Bowl Storm. Sky darkened from Minnesota and Wisconsin to New York State.
Tell Me a Story
It must be in our DNA. In spite of a daily onslaught of texts, pings, posts & pokes many of us still gather around the digital campfire (TV sets, radios, laptops and smart phones) and listen to people telling us stories. Over the years I've talked to hundreds of companies and non profits about my business hits & misses - and my fascination with the intersection of meteorology, technology and climate science.
It wasn't Al Gore or the IPCC that got me off the dime. It was paying close attention to increasingly freakish weather, worldwide. I share the data, highlight trends and try to stay upbeat and optimistic about the future. We'll figure it out, because in the end we won't have much of a choice.
"Me and my ice-climbing buddies LOVE your weather. Keep it coming!" e-mailed Phil Huston yesterday. Yes, some Minnesotans are just fine with this cold, icy stretch.
Remarkably, it gets colder before we thaw out Thanksgiving week. The Mother Lode of November Chill keeps highs in the teens early next week; subzero lows in November? Quite possible by Monday. Unusual for mid-November but not unprecedented.
A little snow falls Saturday, just to freshen up the yard. Monday parkas give way to a thaw in 10-15 days.
Think how good freezing will feel.
Chinese Hack U.S. Weather Systems, Satellite Network. This reads like a Tom Clancy spy thriller, but unfortunately it seems to be true. NOAA did, in fact, get hacked. Here's the intro to a story at The Washington Post: "Hackers from China breached the federal weather network recently, forcing cybersecurity teams to seal off data vital to disaster planning, aviation, shipping and scores of other crucial uses, officials said. The intrusion occurred in late September but officials gave no indication that they had a problem until Oct. 20, according to three people familiar with the hack and the subsequent reaction by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, which includes the National Weather Service. Even then, NOAA did not say its systems were compromised..."
Image credit above: "A man walks through Mears Park in downtown St. Paul, Minn., during the first snowstorm of the season on Monday, Nov.10, 2014." Image: Leila Navidi/The Star Tribune/Associated Press.
Photo credit above: Jeffrey Kesler.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy, few flakes in the air. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 25
THURSDAY NIGHT: Scrappy clouds, a bit colder. Low: 8
FRIDAY: Intervals of sun, less wind. High: 21
SATURDAY: Flurries or light snow. Coating to an inch or 2 possible, especially far southern Minnesota. Wake-up: 7. High: 26
SUNDAY: Turning even colder with more clouds than sun, flurries. Wake-up: 14. High: 20
MONDAY: Coldest day in sight. Feels like -5 to -15F. Wake-up: 6. High: 17
TUESDAY: Subzero start? Breezy. Still numb. Wake-up: 0. High: 24
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, stiff breeze. Wake-up: 11. High: 29
* photo credit above: Birch Leaf Photography.