November 6, 1947: A snowstorm moves through Minnesota with high winds, causing a million dollars in damage.
Minor Reality Check
5th Warmest Start to November Since 1872
Yesterday felt like something out of early May: sticky with spurts of sun and a few grumbles of thunder. Odd weather for November. Data from NOAA confirms a tie for 5th warmest start to a November since 1872. If anyone asks (doubtful) the first 4 days of the month were 14.1 degrees warmer than average.
The next time our weather is "average" would someone please send me a fax - or maybe call me on my Bell Telephone rotary phone?
So THIS is what November feels like! Drag a jacket out of cold storage and get ready for 40s (above zero) with a wind chill in the 30s. Hardly polar. This might be a big deal in Atlanta or Phoenix, but Minnesota?
Tom Kelly lives in Minneapolis's Powerhorn Park. "We still have perennials blooming, including roses, forsythia, mums, asters, and shasta daisies. Very bizarre, to say the least" he e-mailed, sending me the photos above. No hard freeze as of November 5? More Kansas City than Minneapolis.
Metro locations stay above freezing into next week with another string of 50s, starting Sunday. The ECMWF model hints at a rain storm next Thursday.
Am I crazy? The maps almost look like spring. Where's November?
The Northern Hemisphere's Record-Shattering Tropical Cyclone Season, By The Numbers. A few eye-opening stats from Capital Weather Gang; here's an excerpt: "...Adding together the storms across all ocean basins, the number of intense tropical cyclones to form in the Northern Hemisphere in 2015 is unprecedented in modern records. 27 major tropical cyclones (winds greater than or equal to 111 mph) have occurred this year which is seven more than any other year. Year-to-date, Accumulated Cyclone Energy, a metric that measures overall hurricane season levels through a combination of frequency, intensity and duration, is at record high levels..."
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* More details from The Sierra Club in a paper (PDF) here.
Photo credit above: "Malcolm Shield, Vancouver’s climate policy manager, stands by an electric car charging station near city hall. The Renewable City Strategy, which aims to wean the entire city off fossil fuels, is scheduled to go before council next Tuesday." Photograph by: Mark van Manen , PNG.
Map credit above: "Graph showing environmental benefits and damages from electric vehicles." Credit Erin Mansur / Dartmouth College.
* The paper referenced above is available here.
Image credit above: Terrafugia, which IS building a flying car. My faith in progress is renewed.
TODAY: Mix of clouds & sun, brisk. Winds: W 10-20. High: 47
FRIDAY NIGHT: Clear and cool. Low: 34
SATURDAY: Cool sunshine, feels like November. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 48
SUNDAY: Sunny, windy and milder. Winds: S 15-25. Wake-up: 36. High: 56
MONDAY: Blue sky, feels like early October. Wake-up: 40. High: 59
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, less wind. Wake-up: 41. High: 57
WEDNESDAY: Sunny start, clouds increase PM hours. Wake-up: 40. High: near 50
THURSDAY: Heavy, soaking rain possible. Wake-up: 44. High: 46
* Photo credit above: Mike Hall Photography.
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.
The Harm Exxon Mobil Has Done. Here's an excerpt of an Op-Ed at TheHill: "It may be hard to accept, but a single company may have set back all of humanity. Had Exxon Mobil listened to its own scientists rather than spread disinformation on climate change, the world might not have wasted three crucial decades during which global warming went from a prediction to a fact. Rather than apologize, Exxon Mobil’s reaction to recent investigations that detail the corporation’s deception on climate science has been both profane and righteously indignant. Exxon Mobil is now denying it denied climate change. The corporation’s actions, however, demonstrate something else entirely: An extensive and expensive campaign to deny climate science, deceive the American people about the health and environmental ruin caused by global warming, and stop action by governments to address Earth’s rapidly accelerating climate crisis..."
- Hurricane Patricia - the most intense cyclone ever recorded in the western hemisphere
- Record almost unbelievable rainfall pelting down on Texas causing record flood levels in places, deaths, and sending someone 20 feet up a "nice little tree"
- A rare Category 4 Cyclone Chapala in the Arabian Sea
- The hottest October day ever recorded anywhere at 48.4 °C, , in South Africa
- A record hottest October in Australia
- A rare heavy hailstorm in Chinchilla, Queensland
- Record rain reaching as far as London, Ontario in the wake of Hurricane Patricia. [Note: the rain was heavy, but turns out it wasn't a record for October, let alone for the year, as Cam explained in the comments - Sou 2 November 2015]
- The most cyclones above Cat 3 ever recorded in the northern hemisphere in a year
- The hottest temperature in Indonesia in 2006 was equaled
- The most southerly major hurricane ever observed in the Eastern Pacific, Olaf
- Typhoon Koppu causing massive flooding and at least 41 deaths in the Philippines
- Hurricane Joaquin, which emerged in late September, fueled by very hot seas
- Record heat across southern California and up in Newfoundland
- Catastrophic 1,000 year flooding in South Carolina - have these records already been broken in Texas?
- Huge flash floods in the Riviera, claiming 20 lives...
Graphic credit above: "Yale Project on Climate Change Communication."
Image credit: NASA.