29 F. average high on December 9.
12 F. high on December 9, 2013.
1" of snow on the ground - officially - in the Twin Cities.
December 9 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: MPX National Weather Service office:
1992: By this time there is partial ice cover in the Duluth harbor.
1979: Heat wave across Minnesota. High of 54 at Twin Cities and 57 at Winona.
1978: Alexandria ends it fourteen day stretch of low temperatures at or below zero degrees Fahrenheit.
1889: Late season thunderstorm observed at Maple Plain.
One of my favorite attorneys (oxymoron?) sent me a holiday card that read "Great working with you and your staff. Now, can you please fix the (censored) weather?" I'm just the messenger, Curt.
A story at FiveThirtyEight Science (on my blog) suggests that Rapid City has America's most unpredictable weather. Other landlocked Midwestern cities top the list, including the Twin Cities. No kidding.
And leave it to meteorologists to leave you feeling worse than you thought possible, from summer heat index to winter wind chills.
A NOAA meteorologist in Omaha came up with the WMI, the Winter Misery Index, also known as the Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index, which factors duration of cold and snow. Last winter's WMI score for Minnesota was the highest since 1983. That sounds about right.
I am a gullible naive optimist, but I still predict this winter won't be as severe as last with a more moderate Pacific breeze and fewer icy shotgun blasts from the north.
The warm front we've been advertising for 2 weeks is still coming: 40s by late week, 50F Saturday with some rain Sunday.
Most of the snow in your yard will be gone within 5 days and I don't see any fresh piles of white between now and Christmas.
Expect a little less misery this winter.
- Prepare a photo inventory of your home or office. Go room by room and take digital photos of the contents. Pay particular attention to antiques, unique works of art, office equipment and any irreplaceable items. Jewelry, furs, expensive “toys,” electronics, collections (i.e., stamps, coins, dolls, pottery, etc.) should be catalogued and may require their own policies depending on their value. Memories become fuzzy and establishing the value of heavily damaged items becomes a challenge after the fact..."
Getting Mooned. Chris Hadfield argues (quite convincingly) that we should ignore Mars for now and set up a permanent base on the moon at The Guardian.
Life Gets Better With Age? David Brooks has a great essay at The New York Times.
4DX Movies, complete with scents, rain, wind, motion, even bubbles? Get ready for a more immersive movie experience that makes 3-D as cutting edge as Betamax, according to a story at Vulture.
TODAY: Mostly cloudy, a bit milder. Winds: SE 5-10. High: 32
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds and fog. Low: 24
THURSDAY: Peeks of sun, lose a layer. High: 38
FRIDAY: Patchy clouds. Feeling better. Wake-up: 27. High: 42
SATURDAY: Gray & milder with some fog. Feels like March. Wake-up: 40. High: near 50
SUNDAY: Soggy & foggy, a little rain and drizzle likely. Wake-up: 47. High: 51
MONDAY: More fog, light rain and drizzle. Wake-up: 41. High: 43
TUESDAY: Light mix possible. Sloppy. Wake-up: 32. High: 34
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