46 F. average high on November 7.
48 F. high on November 7, 2014.
November 8, 1999: A November 'heat wave' impacts much of the state. Temperatures in the 70's and 80's are recorded in Minnesota with records shattered in many places. The Twin Cities had 73 degrees, while Canby saw 82.
November 8, 1943: A severe ice storm hits the Twin Cities, and heavy snow falls over southwest Minnesota. One person died in St. Paul as a trolley car slid off the tracks and hit a pole. A Minneapolis man died shoveling snow. Many telephone poles were down due to the ice. Places like Worthington, Windom, and Marshall saw 14 to 16 inches of snow.
November 8, 1870: The first storm warning for the Great Lakes is issued by the U.S. Army.
Going Soft? A Supernaturally Quiet November
"There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people" said Bill Bowerman. Is technology making us soft? The pioneers who trudged around Fort Snelling in the 1830s would marvel at thermostats, Doppler radar and heated car seats.
They didn't have the option of flying to Scottsdale or Naples; they hunkered down and weathered whatever Mother Nature threw at them: wildfires, blizzards & floods, with no way of knowing what was coming, in advance.
We've done a masterful job insulating our lives from the vagaries of the weather. Most days we know what's coming, but we can still be surprised. I hope that never changes.
When the weather is this nice, for this long, my nervous tick acts up. What can go wrong - when will the other shoe drop? ECMWF guidance keeps us mild into the third week of November: near 60F today - upper 50s again next weekend - a cold rain Wednesday as a storm approaches from Denver.
NOAA's GFS model brings a much stronger punch of cold air southward Thanksgiving week, but moisture will be limited.
Are you dreaming of a beige Turkey Day? You may just be in luck.
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Graphic credit above: "The red line shows extreme fire risks rising inside a computer model as the climate changes. The blue line depicts a world in which humans have no effect on the climate. The black line indicates worsening drought." Credit: BAMS.
Photo credit above: "Climate change plus local land use worsened prairie flooding in parts of Canada, according to a new scientific report. In this July, 2014 photo, the swollen Assiniboine River covers farmland in Manitoba, Canada." Photograph by Tim Smith, The Canadian Press, AP.
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TODAY: Sunny and pleasant, a stiff breeze. Winds: S 15-25. High: 59
SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear skies. Low: 41
MONDAY: Blue sky, feels like early October. High: near 60
TUESDAY: Plenty of sun, still quiet. Wake-up: 43. High: 58
WEDNESDAY: Rain arrives PM hours. Wake-up: 48. High: 55
THURSDAY: Wet start, then slow clearing - windy. Wake-up: 43. High: 48
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, seasonable again. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 33. High: 47
SATURDAY: Sunny, turning milder. Winds: W 10-15. Wake-up: 33. High: 52
* Photo credit above: Mike Hall.
File photo: Peter Morgan, AP.
Graphic credit above: Kevin Cowtan.
Photo credit above: "Tennis fans at the 2014 Australian Open were treated to days of temperatures above 40C." AAP Image/Joe Castro.