26 F. average high on December 19.
28 F. high on December 19, 2013.
December 19, 1989: Hard pressed to find snow cover in Minnesota. Only good places to cross country ski are at Grand Marais and along the Gunflint Trail.
I guess it's human nature to assume the grass is greener elsewhere, to want what you don't have. My youngest son is a Naval Academy grad. He flies helicopters for the Navy, training with the 5th Fleet in San Diego. Yeah, that San Diego, the city with the best climate in the USA.
He's coming home for Christmas and he can't wait to see snow again. "Dad, it's boring out here. Every day is the same. I miss the seasons, the lakes, the people."
I'd like to be bored for a year or two, just to sample that sensation.
The approach of colder air will set off a series of storms in the coming weeks. An inch or two of slush is possible Tuesday; just enough to (possibly) qualify as a white Christmas. A major Christmas Eve storm out east dumps out mostly rain, but heavy snow pinwheels into the Great Lakes and New England Christmas Day. I expect dry weather and 20s here on December 25, but latest ECMWF guidance spins up a major storm late next week. I could see a plowable snowfall next Friday into early Saturday, followed by a few subzero lows as we welcome a numbing New Year.
All I want for Christmas is El Nino. That, and a 3-day weekend in San Diego might cure what ails me.
Photo credit above: "Flooding on San Francisco's Embarcadero during the 2012 King Tide." Credit: Sergio Ruiz/Flickr.
Photo credit above: AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File.
TODAY: Cloudy with patchy fog. Winds: South 5-10. High: 33
SATURDAY NIGHT: Clouds and fog. Low: 30
SUNDAY: Fog and drizzle. Another thaw. High: 37
MONDAY: Mostly rain - wet roads. Light mix by Monday night. Wake-up: 33. High: 38
TUESDAY: Inch or two of snow? Cooling off. Wake-up: 31. High: 33
CHRISTMAS EVE: Cold wind, flurries. Risk of Santa late. Wake-up: 23. High: 29
CHRISTMAS DAY: Dry & quiet. Few peeks of sun. Wake-up: 18. High: 27
FRIDAY: Potentially plowable snow event? Wake-up: 22. High: 23 (falling)
Image credit above: "Global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations from Oct. 1 through Nov. 11, as recorded by NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2. Brighter colors show high CO2 concentrations." Image: NASA JPL.
Graphic above: Union of Concerned Scientists.