43 F. average high on November 12.
23 F. high on November 12, 2014.
November 13, 1986: Lakes are frozen over throughout much of the state, reaching as far south as Winona.
November 13, 1938: A snowstorm develops across northern Minnesota. The barometer falls to 29.31 inches in Duluth.
November 13, 1933: The first Great Dust Bowl Storm occurs. The sky darkened from Minnesota and Wisconsin to New York State. (Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service).
Supernaturally Green for Mid-November
60F on Sunday?
So THIS is what November feels like, without the shorts, monsoon rains and strobe-flashes of lightning. A few days ago my wife told me the lawn needed mowing. I've never heard that in November. 2.1 inches of rain fell at MSP International Airport on Wednesday; more than a November's worth of rain in 24 hours.
Had temperatures been 8-10F colder we'd be digging out from 18-22 inches of snow. Then again - if I was 6 foot, 10 inches, athletic and coordinated I'd be playing for the NBA, but no matter. There was simply too much mild air around for a classic November snowstorm.
Today offers cool sunshine and seasonable temperatures. A stiff south wind lures the mercury into the 50s Saturday; 60F not out of the question Sunday afternoon in the metro area.
Pretty impressive, considering the winter solstice will be only be 5 weeks away.
A firehose of southern moisture streams north early next week; the atmosphere warm enough for rain Monday into Wednesday. A beefier cold front arrives late next week, maybe preceded by a little slushy snow a week from Friday.
You remember snow, right?
- Intended Purpose: To motivate and provide a sense of urgency to persons in the path of this storm. To communicate to state, local, and county officials and emergency responders that they should prepare for immediate search and rescue operations. To communicate the need to prepare for immediate medical emergencies, evacuation measures, and emergency sheltering..."
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Video credit above: "February 15, 2013: A 17-meter asteroid explodes over Russia releasing the energy equivalent of 500 kilotons of TNT." NASA.
Moving to Renewable Energy Would Create Millions of Jobs, Study Finds. Here's a clip from a story at ThinkProgress and Grist: "...According to a new study, moving toward renewable energy would actually be a boon to the economy — and it would create jobs. A lot of them. ThinkProgress reports: The report, from NextGen Climate America, showed that investment in efficiency, renewable sources of electricity, and fuel switching — such as moving from fossil fuel-powered cars to electric vehicles — would add a million jobs by 2030, and roughly 2 million jobs by 2050, while increasing GDP by $290 billion and improving household income. The researchers looked at scenarios that would reduce emissions by 80 percent below 1990 levels..."
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TODAY: Partly sunny. Fresh air! Seasonable temperatures. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 46
FRIDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and chilly. Low: 33
SATURDAY: Blue sky, turning milder. Winds: S 10-15. High: 57
SUNDAY: Sunny, windy, October-like again. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 41. High: near 60
MONDAY: More clouds, chance of showers. Wake-up: 47. High: 56
TUESDAY: Damp & dreary, periods of rain. Wake-up: 48. High: 51
WEDNESDAY: Another surge of steady rain possible. Wake-up: 39. High: 44
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, a colder wind kicks in. Wake-up: 31. High: near 40
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Image credit above: "Landsat-8 image of Greenland's Zachariae Isstrom and Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden glaciers, acquired on Aug. 30, 2014." Credit: NASA/USGS.
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Idea of Slow Climate Change in the Past is Flawed, Researchers Say. UPI has the story; here's an excerpt: "...Though the scarcity of proper geologic records inhibits the study of climate changes over short periods of prehistoric time, it's a mistake to assume the absence of rapid change. Accelerated climate change in the past, scientists from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg argue, may be invisible, but it's not absent. As explained in new paper on the subject, published in the journal Nature Communications, the issue is perspective..."
Photo credit above: "New research suggests climate change happened fast in the past too." File photo by UPI/Shutterstock/Marco Varro.
Photo credit above: "Slovenian solders erect razor wire fence in Rakovec, Slovenia, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. European leaders scrambled Thursday to keep their passport-free travel zone from collapsing, after Germany, Sweden and Slovenia acted on their own to tighten borders or erect fences to slow the relentless influx of people marching into Europe". (AP Photo/Darko Bandic).
Photo credit above: "This photo provided by courtesy of St. Martin's Press shows the cover of the book, "Unstoppable," by Bill Nye". (Courtesy of St. Martin's Press via AP).
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Photo credit above: "Global warming is being seen by many groups as a moral issue." Credit: Susan Melkisethian via Flickr
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