33 F. average high on November 30.
24 F. high on November 30, 2014.
2.9" snow fell at KMSP yesterday.
4" snow on the ground at Twin Cities International Airport as of 7 PM Monday.
December 1, 1998: The warmest December day ever in the Twin Cities is recorded, with a high of 68 degrees. St. Cloud rose to 61.
December 1, 1985: Parts of central Minnesota receive up to a foot of snow. Snowfall totals include 12 inches at Waseca and Milaca, 11.3 at Alexandria, and 11 inches at Fairmont and Long Prairie.
Let. It. Snow.
I mean, c'mon. This is Minnesota. The Winter Solstice is 3 weeks away, when the sun is lowest in the southern sky. Santa is coming and he doesn't want to take out the red SUV this year.
If we were perennial weather-wimps living in Dallas, Atlanta or Washington D.C. a half foot of slush would be cause for panic, a run on stores. Martial law. From the breathless media reports I saw yesterday you would have thought we were due for a volcanic eruption, tsunami or an alien invasion.
It's SNOW folks. It's supposed to snow here this time of year! Personally I find it vaguely reassuring.
Especially when I'm not stuck on I-35.
The pinwheel of heaviest snow rotates north today leaving us with flurries and grinning snowmobilers. Fire up the sleds soon because models bring a surge of Pacific air into Minnesota with highs in the low 40s later this week. This is about as good as it gets for snow lovers.
A Pacific breeze lingers into mid-December - temperatures continuing to trend milder than average, thanks to a jumbo El Nino.
With high water content this was a March-like "heart attack" snow. Be careful out there OK?
* The Google Traffic map above was from Monday morning; one good reason to turn around and work from home. Good grief.
** Latest snowfall amounts from around the metro and the state of Minnesota are here, courtesy of NOAA.
Just One More Weather Model. Weather models have become as numerous as bad reality television shows on cable, and they are often just as disappointing. Meteorologists are temporarily relieved when the models agree, or when they're close, or when they're trending in the right direction. That rarely happens; you wind up trusting specific models (that have burned you less often over time) but try to keep an open mind, just in case. Last night's snow bands were fickle; rain and freezing rain mixed in, keeping amounts down in some communities. Last night's 3 KM HopWRF model predicted that the heaviest snow bands would set up just north of the Twin Cities, closer to Lake Mille Lacs and Little Falls. Even if it's wrong you have to admire the fancy colors, huh?
Pacific Influence Continues to Dominate. 500 mb winds valid Monday evening, December 14, shows a trough digging across the southwestern USA, possibly setting up a rain or snow event for mid-December from the Plains into the Upper Midwest. There's precious little arctic air over North America, but coldest air cut-off from the lower 48 states. Symptoms of El Nino, the PDO or the warmest year in recorded history? Yes.
Photo credit: "Gabe Klein, an author and futurist, speaks on the importance of communities to plan for the self-driving vehicle in a talk at UCLA on Nov 19." (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
On the other hand...
TODAY: Slow and slushy AM commute. Flurries linger with little or no additional accumulation - roads becoming mainly wet by late morning. Winds: S 5-10. High: 34
TUESDAY NIGHT: Lingering clouds and flakes. Low: 29
WEDNESDAY: Sunny breaks, turning milder. High: 36
THURSDAY: Partly sunny, sloppy mess by afternoon as snow melts. Wake-up: 25. High: 40
FRIDAY: Plenty of sun, early hints of March. Wake-up: 26. High: 43
SATURDAY: Patchy clouds, milder than average. Winds: SW 10-15. Wake-up: 28. High: 41
SUNDAY: Lingering clouds and fog. Light winds. Winds: W 3-8. Wake-up: 27. High: 40
MONDAY: More clouds than sun, still quiet. Wake-up: 29. High: 41
* Photo courtesy of Bryan Hansel Photography.
Photo credit above: "Upper Grinnell Lake, next to the remnants of the Grinell Glacier in Glacier National Park, Mont." (Ben Herndon).
Paris Climate Summit Could Bring Historic Deal on Emissions, But Likely Won't Halt Climate Change. The question now is: 3C warming, or 8C warming by the end of the century? Here's an excerpt from The Los Angeles Times: "...Yet for all the potential for Paris to deliver a transformative and unifying moment — with diverse leaders gathering in a city shaken by recent terrorist attacks in order to confront a different kind of threat — experts say that on a practical level, it might prove just another steppingstone in the long stop-start international effort to address climate change. As Fabius acknowledged, the plans of the 183 countries are projected to limit global warming by between 2.7 and 3.5 degrees Celsius — not the 2-degree threshold at which scientists say most of the worst effects of climate change could be avoided..."
Unearthing America's Deep Network of Climate Change Deniers. Why? Because mature companies that rely on fossil fuels don't want to be disrupted. Because of the (trillions) of dollars at stake. When in doubt - follow the money. Here's an excerpt from Eric Roston's article at Bloomberg Business: "...New research for the first time has put a precise count on the people and groups working to dispute the scientific consensus on climate change. A loose network of 4,556 individuals with overlapping ties to 164 organizations do the most to dispute climate change in the U.S., according to a paper published today in Nature Climate Change. ExxonMobil and the family foundations controlled by Charles and David Koch emerge as the most significant sources of funding for these skeptics. As a two-week United Nations climate summit begins today in Paris, it's striking to notice that a similarly vast infrastructure of denial isn't found in any other nation..."
Photo credit above: "Workers walk among newly installed solar panels at a solar power plant in Zhouquan township of Tongxiang, Zhejiang province in China on December 18, 2014." Credit: REUTERS/Stringer
Photo credit above: "Why do climate change skeptics insist on ignoring the wisdom of scientists?" Image: Nick Ut/Associated Press.
* HotWhopper has more perspective and behind-the-scenes details of what's really happening at the Climate Summit in Paris.
Photo credit above: Bill Clark /AP. "Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee Lamar Smith, R-Texas, is playing a dangerous game with climate change. His strategy is less useful inquiry as it is active indimidation of the agencies and scientists who conduct such study."