November 12, 1940: Record low highs are set in west central Minnesota. Alexandria records a high of 8 degrees Fahrenheit, Springfield and Willmar have highs of 10 degrees, and St. Cloud and Minneapolis have highs of 11 degrees.
November 12, 1933: A dust storm hits southwest Minnesota, while a blizzard rages in the northwest part of the state.
"It's All In Your Mind" - Embracing a Minnesota Winter
How do you not only survive, but thrive during a Minnesota winter? The Norwegians may have the right idea. A story at Fast Company got my attention, highlighting new research into why more people living near the Arctic Circle aren't perpetually depressed.
Celebrate the things you can only do in the winter. Force yourself to go outside: skate, ski, snowmobile, shovel, snowball battles. Get up off the couch; turn off the laptop and put the electronic toys away for a few hours - you'll feel better. Another take-away: "Simply refuse to participate in the Misery Olympics". If you tell yourself you're miserable - you will be. Mind over matter.
I'm thoroughly enjoying this morning's wind-whipped rain and my trendy Mohawk hair experiment. It's the soaking we needed to recharge soil moisture before the ground freezes up solid.
A coating of flurries is possible up north by tonight, but no significant accumulation is brewing looking out a week or so. Skies clear Friday; 50s from Saturday into next Wednesday. Models hint at a big storm (mix?) the weekend before Thanksgiving.
* had temperatures late yesterday and last night been 8-12F colder we would be digging out from under 1-2 feet of snow this morning in the Twin Cities. That's a little like saying if I was 6 foot 11 inches tall and highly coordinated I'd be playing for the NBA. Oh well. Next time around.
- 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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Image credit: University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
On Weather Satellites, Congressional Outlook Should Not be Clouded. Yes, keeping a fleet of operational weather satellites is optimal - if they begin to blink out we'll be flying blind. Here's an excerpt from TheHill: "...Congress' reluctance to fund these programs could have catastrophic consequences. For instance, the JPSS and Polar Follow-On satellites promise to shrink a storm's "cone of uncertainty" -- in other words, where and when a storm will strike -- by up to 75 percent when compared to weather forecasting systems without this technology. If the JPSS/PFO system had been online during 2005's Hurricane Rita, projections about the storm's path could have been narrowed by roughly 875 miles. This, in turn, would have made the evacuation effort far more effective and less costly, and non-impact areas could have maintained normal operations..." (Image credit: NOAA).
Video credit above: "February 15, 2013: A 17-meter asteroid explodes over Russia releasing the energy equivalent of 500 kilotons of TNT." NASA.
Graphic credit above: Pew Research Center, journalism.org. "November-to-November average rating per night for all three networks (NBC, CBS, ABC)". Nielson Media Research.
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Photo credit above: "Seeing red". (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson).
FRIDAY: Clearing skies, winds subside a bit. Winds: NW 10-20. High: 45
SATURDAY: Plenty of sun, breezy and milder. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 31. High: 54
SUNDAY: What November? Mild sunshine. Winds: S 15-25. Wake-up: 41. High: 59
MONDAY: More clouds, chance of showers. Wake-up: 43. High: 55
TUESDAY: Periods of light rain possible. Wake-up: 47. High: 51
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, seasonably cool. Wake-up: 41. High: 46
File photo: The Guardian.
Photo credit above: "Global warming is being seen by many groups as a moral issue." Credit: Susan Melkisethian via Flickr
File photo credit above: Pete Marovich/Corbis.
Carbon Emissions Fall in 11 of the G20 Members, in Turning Point. Wait, you can have economic growth while dropping greenhouse gas emissions? Here's an excerpt from Reuters: "...The report said the trend in per capita carbon emissions over the five years to 2012 was down in Australia, the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, Britain, the European Union, South Africa, Italy, France and Mexico. Per capita emissions were still rising in the most populous G20 nations, China and India. They were also up in Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Russia, Argentina, Turkey, Brazil and Indonesia. Still, that marked a shift in long-term trends. Over the past quarter century, G20 carbon dioxide emissions had risen by almost 50 percent while per capita emissions had gained by about 18 percent, reflecting population growth, it said..."
3 Lessons From That Antarctic Ice Study. Measuring Antarctic ice isn't easy, as this article at Christian Science Monitor highlights; here's an excerpt: "...Scientists agree that none of the data-gathering tools are perfect. What they don’t agree on is which measurement tool – GRACE or ICESat – provides the most accurate data. “You’re talking about a continental-size area and changes in centimeters and millimeters,” explains Thomas P. Wagner, a NASA climate scientist, in an interview with the Monitor. “It’s very, very difficult to do this from space with a satellite, but one of the only ways to do it is by satellite,” he explains. But scientists are constantly improving their tools and learning more about the ice sheets..."
Photo credit above: "In this Jan. 26, 2015 photo, pieces of thawing ice are scattered along the beachshore at Punta Hanna, Livingston Island, South Shetland Island archipelago, Antarctica. Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans. As the ice sheets slowly thaw, water pours into the sea, 130 billion tons of ice (118 billion metric tons) per year for the past decade, according to NASA satellite calculations." (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)