25 F. average high on December 21.
23 F. high on December 21, 2013.
.15" rain fell yesterday in the Twin Cities.
.1" snow fell.
December 21, 2000: A chilly day in Minnesota, with a high of zero degrees in Minneapolis, and a low of 14 below.
The Greatest Gift
"You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them" wrote Desmond Tutu.
When your kids are young you teach them; when they get older they teach you. My oldest son is a digital marketing specialist and musician, playing lead guitar for "The Lost Wheels". The other day he said something profound. "Things are a poor substitute" he said. "The best gift you can give is your time. They're not making any more of that."
I hope you spend time with the people you care about in the coming weeks. Amazingly, the weather won't be a show-stopper, at least not close to home.
It's disorienting waking up to rain and green lawns the day after the Winter Solstice, but a changeover to wet snow may leave behind a couple inches of snow on lawns and fields Tuesday - most roads wet & slushy with temperatures near 32F. Expect low 30s and a dry sky for Christmas; a storm passing south of Minnesota pulls in colder air this weekend with highs stuck in the teens. A second, colde smack arrives around New Year's with a couple nights near zero.
Long-range guidance shows a rapid temperature recovery the first week of 2015, a January thaw possible the second week of the New Year.
File photo credit: Mike Mulville, Buffalo News, AP.
The Body Electric. What's it like to be struck by lightning? Trust me, you don't want to know. Outside Magazine has an excellent article that documents what happens to your body and how doctors are still baffled by some of the long-term afflictions of lightning strike survivors. Here's an overview: "Every year, more than 500 Americans will be struck by lightning—and roughly 90 percent of them will survive. Though they remain among the living, their minds and bodies will be instantly, fundamentally altered in ways that still leave scientists scratching their heads."
TODAY: Periods of rain and drizzle. Wet roads. Winds: SE 10-15. High: 38
MONDAY NIGHT: Rain mixes with wet snow; slushy by morning. Low: 33
TUESDAY: Slushy snow, couple inches possible. High: 34
CHRISTMAS EVE: Peeks of sun, better travel conditions. Wake-up: 30. High: 33
CHRISTMAS DAY: Mostly cloudy, still above average. Wakeup: 23. High: 32
FRIDAY: AM snow south, colder wind. Wake-up: 20. High: 26
SATURDAY: Numbing with flurries. Wind chill: -5. Wake-up: 4. High: 14
SUNDAY: Some sun, feels like December. Wake-up: 2. High: 15