25 F. average high on December 23.
5 F. high on December 23, 2013.
0" snow on the ground at KMSP.
December 23, 1996: Strong winds of 20 to 30 mph, combined with over a foot of new snowfall, resulted in restricted visibilities from blowing snow. As a result, several highways closed, including highway 19 west of Redwood Falls, highways 7 and 40 at Madison, and highways 67 and 23 out of Granite Falls.
December 23, 1982: Heavy rain over the state with slushy snow over southwest Minnesota. Twin Cities gets 2.61 inches of precipitation through Christmas. Some lightning and thunder with the heavy rain on Christmas Eve.
Sorry Elvis, no blue Christmas this year. I’m looking forward to a silent night in the weather center as we all step into Christmas, celebrating the most wonderful time of the year, with or without snow. I’ll be home for Christmas - because where else would I be.
Do you hear what I hear? That’s Santa baby; he’s on his way - jingle bells reflected by a crescent moon as Rudolph the red-nose reindeer leads the way south.
Frosty the snowman has definitely seen better days, but don’t write winter cold and snow off just yet. Yes, you may freeze your jingle bells on New Year's Eve as the mercury dips below zero. Cue chestnuts roasting on an open fire (minus the chestnuts).
A warming trend returns after the New Year, a reminder that daylight is increasing. So is El Nino. A Pacific flow keeps us storm-free the next 2 weeks.
In the meantime come all ye faithful to deck the halls with some badly-needed joy to the world. And to family and friends: you’re all I want for Christmas this year. Let it snow (somewhere - please) but here's my hunch: Feliz Navidad doesn't require a white Christmas. Snow is nice, but optional. It's bigger than that.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas.
CHRISTMAS EVE: Mostly cloudy. Good travel conditions. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 35
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, Santa sightings. Low: 27
CHRISTMAS DAY: Lingering clouds, above-average temperatures. High: 34
FRIDAY: Coating of light snow? Wake-up: 26. High: 33
SATURDAY: More clouds than sun, chilly. Wake-up: 13. High: 19
SUNDAY: Gray, no big travel headaches. Wake-up: 14. High: 21
MONDAY: Burst of flurries, turning colder. Wake-up: 17. High: 19
TUESDAY: Some sun. Won't help much. Wake-up: 3. High: 11
1.22: The deviation, in degrees Fahrenheit, of average global temperatures for the first 11 months of 2014 above the 20th century average, according to the NOAA.
142: Percentage by which atmospheric CO2 levels soared above the pre-Industrial Revolution average in 2013, the WMO announced in September, representing a record rate of growth..."
Photo credit above: "A photovoltaic array at Israel's National Solar Energy Center in the Negev desert." Credit: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons.
* With 2014 coming to a close, weather organizations and independent researchers have crunched the numbers and found that 2014 will almost certainly go down in history as the hottest year on record. Global land and sea surface temperatures for the year-to-date have already broken records, and December is seeing above-average temperatures as well.
* 2014 marks only the latest in a string of years with record-breaking heat, however. It has been 358 months since we had a cooler-than-average month, and the fifteen hottest years on record have all come since 1997.
* Assuming current trends hold throughout the last week of this month, 2014 has set a new global temperature record despite the fact that it is also an El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO)-neutral year.
- bullet points above courtesy of Climate Nexus.
Photo credit above: "Sveinn Storm, owner of Storm Bros. Ice Cream Factory, surveys flood water outside his store in Annapolis, Md., on Oct. 30, 2012, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy." Image: Susan Walsh/Associated Press.
Photo credit above: "Rising concern: Geologist Harold Wanless takes a stroll through flooded Miami streets."
The average temperature in the Arctic country has risen by more than 2C since 1847, twice as fast as the global average.
Warming is most extreme during the festive month, which is now 4.8C hotter than it was before the industrial era, Finland’s top scientists have found.
“In future, if the temperature rises, we will not have snow cover in December,” researcher Santtu Mikkonen told RTCC.
- See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/12/22/fast-finland-warming-means-blue-christmas-for-santa/#sthash.h3Gk1l2O.dpuf
Photo credit above: "The destruction of coral reefs will make these vital barriers for the land less effective against the effects of climate change - such as sea level rise and storms." Location: Arno atoll, Marshall Island. Photograph: Remi Chauvin.