45 F. average high on November 9.
39 F. high temperature on November 9, 2014.
November 10, 1999: Late season hail falls in Eden Prairie. Pea size hail (0.25 inch. in diameter) up to one foot deep collected near storm drains near Hennepin Technical College and Hwy 212. Pea size hail about 4 inches deep was also reported on grass near Hwy 5 and Mitchell Rd. The hail and torrential rains forced drivers off the road in Bloomington.
November 10, 1998: A potent storm nicknamed a 'land hurricane' sets a new all-time record low pressure for Minnesota around noon at Albert Lea and Austin as it passes overhead. The automated weather observing equipment at both airports measured a barometric pressure of 28.43 inches, which broke the previous record of 28.55 inches set on 11 January 1975 in Duluth. The new record for the Twin Cities was set with a reading of 28.55 inches. The previous record was 28.77 inches, set on April 13th of 1964. 10 inches of snow fell at Madison, MN and St. Cloud State University had a wind gust to 64 mph.
November 10, 1975: The Edmund Fitzgerald sinks off Whitefish Bay, causing 29 fatalities.
November 10, 1913: A severe windstorm occurs on Lake Superior. Three ships were lost. Winds were clocked at 62 mph at Duluth.
Midweek Soaker; Fewer Coping Skills This Winter?
Is this the calm before the storm? Are we being lulled into a false sense of security, only to get repeatedly spanked by a 'polar vortex' in a couple of months? "El Nino will save us!" Maybe. Maybe not.
The biggest El Nino warm phase of the Pacific since 1998 SHOULD keep our flow more westerly, howling from the Pacific, for more of the winter than usual, cutting down on the volume of bitter air from Siberia and the Yukon. On paper - in theory.
If this is your first winter in Minnesota congratulations! It may not be as bad as everyone warned. After 30 years (winters) I've developed some coping skills: a few mid-winter getaways, a couple of space heaters, undershirts and ear muffs on the coldest days (as ridiculous as that looks). Nobody cares, trust me.
GFS guidance shows a colder front just in time for Thanksgiving, but by the time it's actually cold enough for all-snow moisture will be lacking.
Wednesday's storm may drop 1-2 inches of rain - a good soaking before the ground freezes solid in a few weeks.
No, winter hasn't been canceled. It's just running late this year.
Monday's Observed High Temperatures:
52 F. Atlanta Hartsfield.
57 F. San Francisco (downtown).
62 F. Twin Cities (MSP International Airport).
Map credit above: "Where temperatures for each state ranked for the period from January to October 2015." Credit: NOAA
Graphic credit above: climate.gov.
File Image credit above: "Satellite imagery of Iselle as it approaches the Big Island as a tropical storm in August 2014." Credit: NOAA
When The Sun Went Medieval on our Planet. Let's pray it doesn't happen again anytime soon - but it might not be a bad idea to adopt the motto of the Boy Scouts and be prepared (for anything). Here's an excerpt at Slate: "...We’ve known for a long time that the Sun is capable of producing huge magnetic explosions. In 2003 it let rip a series of solar storms so powerful that one of them set the record for the biggest flare seen in modern times. And the strongest known was also very first solar explosion ever seen — called the Carrington Event, after an astronomer who studied it — happened in 1859. It created aurora as far south as Mexico and Hawaii! Events like that can also create what are called geomagnetically induced currents (GICs): The Earth’s magnetic field shakes so violently that it induces currents in conductors on the ground. Telegraph operators reported being able to send messages even though the power was disconnected; enough electricity was flowing through the lines to work the devices..."
Image credit above: "An example of a powerful flare erupting on the Sun (from May 5, 2015). The NASA satellite SDO is one of many assets used to monitor solar activity." Photo by NASA/GSFC/SDO.
Photo credit above: "LLNL postdoc Jianchao Ye with the improved lithium ion battery." (Credit: Julie Russell / LLNL).
Photo credit above: "David Mayman flies the JB-9 jetpack." (Credit: Jetpack Aviation).
TODAY: Plenty of sun, still mild. Winds: S 10-15. High: 58
TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear, above average temperatures. Low: 46
WEDNESDAY: Fading sun, PM rain, heavy at times. Winds: E 10-15. High: 54
THURSDAY: Windy and raw. Rain slowly tapers. Winds: NW 20-35. Wake-up: 43. High: 46
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy, risk of a flurry. Winds: NW 15-25. Wake-up: 34. High: near 40
SATURDAY: Plenty of sun, pleasant again. Winds: SW 10-15. Wake-up: 28. High: 48
SUNDAY: Blue sky, feels like mid-October. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 38. High: 56
MONDAY: Clouds increase, tame for November. Wake-up: 42. High: 52
Climate Change is the "Mother of All Risk" to National Security. Here's an excerpt of an Op-Ed written by an Iraq war veteran and former Special Advisor to the U.S. Army on Energy at TIME: "...One of the U.S. military’s less-noticed findings, however, is that there is clear consensus that climate change poses an immediate risk to national security. Military leaders recognize that they must lead by example and address the threat of climate change, and they are actively pushing goals to dramatically scale up renewable energy. The U.S. must replicate this leadership and seize the opportunity when countries meet this December in Paris to finalize a global deal on climate change..."
Image credit: Partnership For a Secure America.
Photo credit above: "Gene Karpinski, left with microphone, president of the League of Conversation Voters, speaks during a gathering in front of the White House to celebrate President Barack Obama's rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, in Washington." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Photo credit above: "A sign is posted in front of TransCanada's Keystone pipeline facilities in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada, on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Following the Obama administration’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, the oil industry faces the tricky task of making sure the crude oil targeted for the pipeline still gets where it needs to go." (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP).
File photo: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster.
Exxon Bankrolled Anti-Global Warming Think Tanks. Here's an excerpt of an Op-Ed at Huffington Post: "...Tobacco company CEOs testified in a 1994 congressional hearing that they had no idea that tobacco was addictive, when in fact, they knew what they were saying was wrong. Dead wrong. Of course those executives had a great deal of time behind bars to think about how misleading the public was criminally immoral. Or not. That Exxon is surreptitiously financing organizations whose work is diametrically opposed to the research the energy company has been doing in house is a serious deception to their shareholders. While similar to the tobacco companies, the Exxon's fraud is not only being achieved at the risk of your health, but also at the risk of your planet."