November 4, 1901: With a high temperature of only 22 and a low of 15, 175 boxcars of potatoes were in peril at the Minneapolis rail yard. Workers scrambled to move the rail cars full of tubers in roundhouses and transfer potatoes to refrigerated cars. Individual stoves had to be purchased on the spot for 59 remaining cars. Thankfully, most of the spuds were saved.
November 4, 1853: Cold snap begins at Ft. Snelling. The next four days would be 16 degrees or lower.
November 4, 1727: The first outdoor celebration at the chapel of Fort Beauharnois on Lake Pepin was postponed due to "variableness of the weather."
70F Again Today, Then Cooling Off
"Haven't seen this before." 24 years ago today we were still digging out from 2-3 feet of snow. On November 4, 1991 the Twin Cities woke up to -3F. The "high" that day was a refreshing 17F. Today will be 55 degrees warmer.
Map credit above: "Temperatures anomalies forecast for North America this Wednesday." Credit: University of Maine.
1. Most meteorologists are NOT on TV: Like engineering or teaching, there are different types of meteorologists. Of the 14,000 or so members of AMS, less than 10% of them are in the television world, according to Executive Director, Dr. Keith Seitter. TV colleagues are the most accessible and obvious window to the public but only a fraction of the meteorology and atmospheric sciences community. For career options in meteorology, this website is a good start..."
File photo credit: The Washington Post by Andrew Spear.
Photo credit above: "The flooded Battery Park Tunnel in New York City following Hurricane Sandy in October 2012." Credit: Timothy Krause/flickr
Map credit above: NG STAFF. SOURCE: UNITED STATES ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION
Power plants in the dry U.S. Southwest must often cut back generation because there is not enough cooling water. Since 2011, California has been going through the worst drought since meteorological measurements began.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-11-grids-smart-weather-tomorrow-storms.html#jCp
Image credit above: Joint Typhoon Warning Center and NPR.
Photo credit above: "The WB-57."
TODAY: Dim sun through increasing high clouds, unusually mild. Winds: S 10-15. High: 69
THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy, still mild. Low: 57
THURSDAY: Periods of rain, turning cooler. Winds: S 15-25. High: 62
FRIDAY: More clouds than sun, brisk. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 43. High: near 50
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, bug-free. Winds: W 10-15. Wake-up: 35. High: 48
SUNDAY: Plenty of sun, above average again. Wake-up: 35. High: 53
MONDAY: Unsettled, few showers possible. Wake-up: 42. High: 52
TUESDAY: Intervals of sun, quiet for November. Wake-up: 40. High: 55
Would you like to explore where your faith intersections with weather and climate change? On Saturday, November 7th at 9a in Prior Lake, Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church is hosting a Creation Care event that will examine the intersection of faith, climate change and weather. The event is free. Childcare is provided for those that RSVP. Presenters include faith leaders from the Lutheran, Methodist, MCC and Catholic church, Dr. John Abraham (climate scientist from the University of St. Thomas) and me. RSVP at: http://www.sollc.org/creationcare.
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Photo credit above: "Rep. Peter Welch from Vermont, pictured here, is one of several Congressman calling on the SEC to launch a probe of Exxon and its history with climate science." (Credit: Congressman Peter Welch's Office).
Photo credit above: "Caution: climate change can affect tectonic plates, too." Fox New Insider/flickr, CC BY-SA
Climate Change Kills The Mood: Economists Warn of Less Sex on a Warming Planet. Well here's a potential tipping point. If this doesn't result in congressional inquiries and a serious solution to a vexing challenge I'm not sure what will. Here's an excerpt from Bloomberg Business: "Climate change has been blamed for many things over the years. Never, until now, has anyone thought it was possible to see it as a kind of contraceptive. Hot weather leads to diminished “coital frequency," according to a new working paper put out by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Three economists studied 80 years of U.S. fertility and temperature data and found that when it’s hotter than 80 degrees F, a large decline in births follows within 10 months. Would-be parents tend not to make up for lost time in subsequent, cooler months..."
Photo credit above: "A field near harvest time at Meyers Farm in Bethel, Alaska, can now grow crops like cabbage outside in the ground, due to rising temperatures." Daysha Eaton/KYUK.
Image credit above: "A new NASA study says that Antarctica is overall accumulating ice. Still, areas of the continent, like the Antarctic Peninsula photographed above, have increased their mass loss in the last decades." Credits: NASA's Operation IceBridge.
* The Christian Science Monitor has more on what's happening in Antarctica.
Graphic credit: Figure 1: The global temperature record (smoothed) with different combinations of land and ocean adjustments.