30 F. average high on December 7.
1 F. high on December 7, 2013.
1/10th of an inch of snow fell yesterday at MSP International Airport.
1" of snow on the ground.
December 7 in Minnesota Weather History. Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service:
1995: A strong low pressure system passed across Northern Minnesota which produced considerable snowfall in advance of an intense cold front. Snowfall of five to eight inches was common with eight inches recorded at New London and Alexandria. The most snow reported was 9.6 inches in Mound. The Minneapolis, St. Paul International Airport received 7.1 inches.The cold front moved through by late morning on the 8th as temperatures dropped 20 degrees within an hour of the frontal passage. Strong northwest winds of 20 to 40 mph immediately behind the front resulted in severe blowing and drifting and white-out conditions in many areas. Over 150 schools closed early or cancelled classes. Many businesses closed early as well. The Governor ordered state offices closed at noon on the 8th, sending thousands of state employees home. Over 100 outbound flights were cancelled at the Twin Cities International Airport, but the airport remained open.
1876: The term "Blizzard" first used in the government publication “Monthly Weather Review.”
1804: John Sayer at the Snake River Fir Trading Post near present day Pine City mentions: "Cold day. Thermometer 10 degrees below freezing." Lewis and Clark also noted this cold wave at their winter quarters in Ft. Mandan, North Dakota near present day Bismarck.
Dear Santa, please send Minnesota a polar-vortex-free winter. A shiny new El Nino would be nice, with mild winds howling from the Pacific some of the time. A Doppler on the roof would be great too.
No, I haven't been a good boy. Yes, I will get off your lap now.
And was I the only one who did a double-take during Sunday's Vikings game? At one point the TV announcer referenced "frigid" weather at TCF Stadium. I frowned and checked the air temperature. 33F with a wind chill of 24F. Frigid? Maybe in Manhattan, but 30s in December, while properly dressed? Pretty reasonable.
Because there's no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing choices.
You'll be able to shed a few layers by late week as a mild high pressure ridge direct from the Pacific arrives. An extended thaw is likely; 40s by late week with a good chance of 50F Saturday. Mild air passing over cold ground may spark clouds & dense fog later in the week, but the pattern looks benign and storm-free looking out 10 days.
16 inches of snow fell last December; a year ago highs were already stuck in the teens with subzero lows. December 2014 should be easier to take: milder with less snow.
Consider it an early gift.
* No travel problems expected Monday, but heavy, windswept rain from a strengthening Nor'easter pushes up the Mid Atlantic coast Tuesday, soaking Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York City, where flash flooding is expected - heavy rains push into coastal New England, including Boston, Tuesday night into Wednesday.
* Coastal flooding possible Delaware and New Jersey to Cape Cod.
* Significant snow piles up over interior New England, upstate New York and parts of central PA as storm stalls over northeast Wednesday and Thursday.
* Series of Pacific storms forecast to drop 5-10" rains over Pacific Northwest. Serious river flooding possible Olympics and northern Cascades, moderate flooding possible Seattle/Tacoma to Vancouver this week.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY HAS ISSUED A COASTAL
FLOOD WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH
* LOCATION...COASTAL SECTIONS OF NEW CASTLE AND SALEM COUNTIES ALONG
THE UPPER DELAWARE BAY.
* COASTAL FLOODING...THE POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD MINOR TO
MODERATE TIDAL FLOODING.
* TIMING...AROUND HIGH TIDE MONDAY, WHICH OCCURS BETWEEN 1045 AM
AND 130 PM.
* OUTLOOK...TUESDAY MORNING`S HIGH TIDE CYCLE WILL SEE AT LEAST
MINOR COASTAL FLOODING AND THERE IS SOME POTENTIAL FOR MODERATE
FLOODING. A WATCH HAS NOT BEEN ISSUED AT THIS TIME SINCE THERE
IS SOME DOUBT AS TO THE TIMING OF THE STRONGEST WIND TO AFFECT
Summary: With El Nino gradually ramping up conditions will become increasingly ripe for major storms slamming into the West Coast, and a series of coastal storms tracking up the East Coast. One such storm will spark heavy rain and flash flooding along the I-95 corridor Tuesday into Wednesday, with high winds creating beach erosion and coastal flooding from Delaware and New Jersey Tuesday to Cape Cod by Wednesday. Heavy snows are possible from interior Pennsylvania and upstate New York into interior New England by midweek.
Meanwhile the Pacific Northwest is bracing for a parade of sloppy Pacific storms, with the best chance of urban and river flooding Wednesday and Thursday. Relatively quiet weather is expected over the central USA the next 7-10 days. We'll keep you posted.
Paul Douglas - Senior Meteorologist - Alerts Broadcaster
TODAY: Flurries taper, clouds linger. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 33
MONDAY NIGHT: Gradual clearing. Low: 20
TUESDAY: Bright sun, less wind. High: 29
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny and milder. Wake-up: 18. High: 32
THURSDAY: Peeks of sun, breathing easier. Wake-up: 22. High: 38
FRIDAY: Intervals of sun, jacket weather. Wake-up: 30. High: 44
SATURDAY: March preview. Patchy clouds, fog. Wake-up: 37. High: near 50
SUNDAY: Mild start, passing rain shower. Wake-up: 45. High: 48
Photo credit above: "Glaciers seen during NASA’s Operation IceBridge research flight to West Antarctica on Oct. 29, 2014. A new analysis of the fastest-melting region of Antarctica has found that the melt rate of glaciers there has tripled during the last decade." Credit: NASA/Michael Studinger.