At some point the law of physics catches up with you: the tilt of the Earth on its axis, long nights, only a glancing blow of sunlight during the day. Rapid cooling ensues, the southward advance of these dollops of chill spinning up rain, then a rain-snow mix, then all-snow when temperatures in the lowest mile of the atmosphere are consistently below freezing.
Minnesota may fast-forward through all these stages in the coming days. By Monday you may want to have your snow tires installed, your driveway staked, a trusty ice-scraper in the glove compartment. Gloves might be nice too, since wind chills next week will dip to single digits at times. Perfectly normal, for January.
A little snow fell up north overnight and after a damp, gray start skies clear later today. Light rain & snow tracks across northern Minnesota Friday, followed by an even colder clipper. Highs on Saturday may hold in the 30s. Time to dig out the parkas.
Snowy rumors are lighting up the Twitter-sphere, and it's still ripe for some snow Monday, as the core of this next cold shot arrives.
It's too early for specifics but rain may end as 1-2 inches of slush late Monday. Not exactly the end of the world. Just November.
Image credit above: "Super Typhoon Nuri seen at night via the VIIRS imager on board the Suomi NPP satellite." Image: University of Wisconsin/CIMSS.
The Break-Off Effect. What happens to the human brain at the upper reaches of the troposphere, where all "weather" takes place? Some handle it better than others. And for some it's a nothing short of a religious experience. Here's an excerpt of a fascinating story at Fast Company: "...Higher than that, at roughly 70,000 feet, some pilots and engineers say you can grasp the curvature of the earth. Strange things have happened to the human mind at those heights. A year after the commander reported his symptoms, a Navy medical officer and a psychologist published a study on a dissociative anomaly pilots experienced while flying at high altitudes. Brant Clark and Captain Ashton Graybiel interviewed 137 Navy and Marine pilots who had come up with a term for it themselves. The “break-off" phenomenon, they called it..." (Image: NASA).
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THURSDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and chilly. Low: 30
FRIDAY: Cloudy, showers up north. High: 49
SATURDAY: Clearing skies, cold wind. Wake-up: 34. High: 39
SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. Light mix possible, wet roads. Wake-up: 28. High: 41
MONDAY: Rain ends as snow. Slush potential. Wake-up: 32. High: 39
TUESDAY: Hello January. Feels like 10F. More clouds than sun. Wake-up: 19. High: 26
WEDNESDAY: Sunny, still partially numb. Wake-up: 19. High: 29
* Photo above courtesy of Steve Burns Photography.
I didn’t know Shell was sponsoring this conference when I agreed to do it, but I’m glad for the chance to say in public that Shell is among the most irresponsible companies on earth. When they write the history of our time, the fact that Shell executives watched the Arctic melt and then led the rush to go drill for oil in that thawing north will provide the iconic example of the shortsighted greed that marks the richest people on our planet.