40 F. average high on November 17.
46 F. high on November 17, 2013.
November 17, 1994: 58 to 69 mph wind gusts resulted in isolated damage to structures across south central and southeastern Minnesota. Some of the counties included were Blue Earth, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Le Sueur, Nicollet, Rice, Steele, and Waseca.
November 17, 1979: Heat wave continues in Southwest Minnesota. Temperature hits 70 degrees at Browns Valley.
Do you think settlers at Fort Snelling in 1830 complained about cold weather? Yep. Did those hardy farmers, trappers and timber barons threaten to move to Florida after every cold front? Probably not.
Dear God, grant me a stoic constitution. Help me to accept the things I cannot change. Even big things, like Canada.
This is now the longest stretch of sub-freezing weather I can remember going back to the early 80s. Observe the no-exposed-skin rule this morning, with strong winds whipping up a wind chill of -15F at the bus stop. Temperatures run 20-25F colder than average into Friday, when temperatures dip below zero again in the suburbs.
Meteorological Thanksgiving arrives this weekend as Pacific air returns, with highs pushing well into the 30s Saturday & Sunday. It may be just mild enough aloft for a cold rain Sunday, before a major storm, a potential "bomb", spins up over the Great Lakes, yanking enough cold air south for a changeover to snow by Monday. It's too early to debate snow amounts, but at this point nothing would surprise me. After that: relatively quiet, storm-free weather for Thanksgiving travel from Tuesday on.
With an autumn like this who needs winter?
Image above courtesy of Rutgers University Global Snow Lab.
Jet stream (GFS) winds obtained using Climate Reanalyzer (http://cci-reanalyzer.org), Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, USA.
TUESDAY: Numb and number with intervals of sun. Wind chill: -15F early. High: 14
TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and unnecessarily cold. Low: 3
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, few flurries in the air. High: 22
THURSDAY: More sun, trying not to scream. Wake-up: 4. High: 17
FRIDAY: Cold start, promising finish. Wake-up: 1. High: 22
SATURDAY: First thaw in 13 days. Mostly cloudy and milder. Wake-up: 20. High: 36
SUNDAY: A cold rain may develop. Some icing possible. Wake-up: 29. High: 39
MONDAY: Windy with a changeover to snow. Tricky travel? Wake-up: 33. High: 34 (falling during the day)
Where Is Global Warming's Missing Heat? Here's the introduction to a story at Science Magazine: "Call it the climate change conundrum: Even though humans are pumping more greenhouse gases than ever into the atmosphere, the world’s average air temperature isn’t rising as quickly as it once did. Some scientists have proposed that the missing heat is actually being trapped deep underwater by the Pacific Ocean. But a new modeling study concludes that the Pacific isn’t acting alone. Instead, it finds, several of the world’s oceans are playing a role in the warming slowdown by absorbing their share of the “missing” heat..."
Global Warming Could Increase U.S. Lightning Strikes by 50 Percent. Here's the intro to a Washington Post story: "In a study just out in the prestigious journal Science, a team of researchers deliver an alarming prediction: A global warming world will see a major increase in lightning strikes. "Even with the warming of a few degrees Celsius, you can get some very large climate impacts -- in this case, a 50 percent increase in lightning," says study author David Romps, a climate researcher at the University of California, Berkeley..."
* 2014 U.S. Lightning Fatalities, To Date. 3 lightning-related deaths in Wisconsin, none in Minnesota. Details from NOAA.
Will GOP Put Climate Science Back on Trial? The Hill takes a look at the political football that climate science has become and whether majorities in both houses of Congress may embolden Republicans to question the science on a national stage: "...Senate Republicans appear likely to use their majority status in the next Congress to attack the argument behind climate change in an attempt to undercut environmental policies. But some GOP strategists wonder whether such an offensive might backfire..."