December 30, 2005: A large swath of snowfall in the 6 to 8 inch range falls approximately north of a line from Madison to Redwood Falls through Glencoe and Woodbury. Even heavier snowfall occurred west of a Granite Falls to Willmar line, where reports of between 8 and 11 inches were recorded. In Willmar, several vehicles were reported stuck in ditches. A semi-truck also rolled onto its side.
December 30, 1996: 6 to 7 inches of snow falls in Willmar. The new snowfall, in addition to previous heavy snowfall, caused a portion of the historical society's roof to collapse.
December 30, 1980: A 'heat wave' develops across Minnesota. Redwood Falls hits 51.
Watch for Ice: Take it From Personal Experience
My crutches are hanging next to the Christmas tree, a giant boot on my newly broken right ankle. Happy New Year!
I'm a little hazy on what happened. It might have been from lifting a 4 ton truck off a helpless bystander. Wait, I was skiing a double black diamond run at Jackson Hole when an eagle landed on my shoulder, distracting me on the mogul run.
Truth? It was a severe dog-walking accident, slipping on glaze ice, landing hard on my ankle. Tragically funny.
Second only to motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents account for 15 percent of all accidental deaths in the USA; 8 million emergency room visits every year. "Look at the situation as the universe telling/forcing you to slow down" a friend e-mailed.
Be careful out there; your life can change in a few milliseconds.
South metro picked up 5-6 inches, less north - more south of MSP. Respectable, but hardly Snowmageddon.
No more drama, just a chilly New Year's Eve with a shot at freezing from Saturday into early next week; no storms for at least a week.
No white Christmas this year, but 2016 will arrive on a cold, crystalline note.
Managing Slip and Fall Injuries. Since it's top of mind (for me) I wanted to share an excerpt of an eye-opening post at Culture of Safety. Chances are someone you know, a friend or family member, will take a nasty tumble with serious implications: "...Slips and falls are consistently one of the leading causes of injuries affecting workers in every industry. Slips and falls can range from minor to severe and can affect people of all age groups. The United States Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently conducted a study on slips and falls in the workplace and made the following discoveries:
- Injuries from slips and falls are the most common work related injury
- 25,000 slip and fall injuries per day
- 35% of all work-related injuries are from slips and falls
- 65% of all work days lost are from slips and falls
- The total annual cost of slip and fall injuries in the United States is over $60 billion annually..."
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 1149 AM CST TUE DEC 29 2015 ...SNOWFALL REPORTS PAST 24 HOURS ... LOCATION AMOUNT TIME/DATE MAPLETON 12.5 IN 0924 AM 12/29 FAIRMONT 11.5 IN 1030 AM 12/29 WINNEBAGO 9.6 IN 0800 AM 12/29 1 N ALBERT LEA 8.5 IN 1012 AM 12/29 MANKATO 8.5 IN 1146 AM 12/29 SAINT CLAIR 8.0 IN 0932 AM 12/29 SAINT CLAIR 8.0 IN 0932 AM 12/29 FARIBAULT 8.0 IN 0700 AM 12/29 JANESVILLE 8.0 IN 0915 AM 12/29 JANESVILLE 8.0 IN 0915 AM 12/29 2 SW LAKEVILLE 7.7 IN 0937 AM 12/29 3 NE TRIMONT 7.5 IN 1110 AM 12/29 1 S MENOMONIE 7.5 IN 1030 AM 12/29 1 N MINNESOTA LAKE 7.4 IN 0941 AM 12/29 MANKATO 4 E 7.2 IN 0700 AM 12/29 WELLS 7.0 IN 0900 AM 12/29 OWATONNA 7.0 IN 0800 AM 12/29 AMBOY 7.0 IN 0603 AM 12/29 OWATONNA 7.0 IN 0800 AM 12/29
Quiet Spell. After Monday night's plowable "near-miss" things settle down for the next week or so, only a slight chance of wet snow or a light mix by the middle of next week. The next 5 days should be dry with seasonable temperatures for late December and early Janaury; guidance hinting at a few days above 32F next week.
#4 Straight Line Winds Wreck Havoc in the Brainerd Lakes Area: July 12, 2015
The most damaging severe storm event of the year came in the form of a line of severe thunderstorms that brought winds from 70 to 95 mph in an area just south of Wadena eastward to the Pillsbury State Forest where winds were in excess of 100mph in places. Significant damage was done to resorts on Gull and North Long Lake as well as the grandstand at the Brainerd International Raceway..."
Screenshot credit: Aeris Pulse.
Map credit: GFS temperature anomalies valid 18z January 1 courtesy of Climate Reanalyzer.
Photo credit above: "This aerial photo shows a damaged home after a tornado ripped through the area, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 in Texas. Residents surveyed the destruction from deadly tornadoes in North Texas as the same storm system brought winter woes to the Midwest on Monday, amplifying flooding that's blamed for more than a dozen deaths and prompting hundreds of flight cancellations. At least 11 people died and dozens were injured in the tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area Saturday and caused substantial damage." (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
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* Early estimates of tornado-related damage in Texas: $1.2 billion.
Photo credit above: "Members of the Mountain Rescue team wade through floodwater in Skeldergate, York. England, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. British Prime Minister David Cameron sent hundreds more troops into northern England on Sunday to help exhausted residents and emergency workers fight back rising river waters that have inundated towns and cities after weeks of heavy rain." (Anna Gowthorpe/PA via AP).
* Flood threat on the Lower Mississippi River could rival 2008 and 2001, potentially impacting thousands of people. Details here.
Photo credit above: "Adams Drive in Key Largo, Florida has been flooded for nearly a month, after high tides were exacerbated by a super moon." (AFP Photo/Kerry Sheridan).
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TODAY: Chilly, few flakes but little or no accumulation. Winds: NW 5-10. high: 25
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Low: 14
NEW YEAR'S EVE: Mostly cloudy, feels like 5-10F. Winds: W 10-15. Wake-up: 14. High: 20
NEW YEAR'S DAY: Cold start, few hours of sun. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 8. High: 26
SATURDAY: Intervals of sun, a bit milder. Winds: W 10-15. Wake-up: 14. High: 32
SUNDAY: Blue sky, light winds, above average. No problem getting home. Winds: SW 5-10. Wake-up: 16. High: near 30
MONDAY: Intervals of sun, still quiet. Wake-up: 18. High: 33
TUESDAY: Passing rain shower, fleeting thaw. Wake-up: 28. High: 37
- from a Quartz essay on the perils and promise of AI, available here.
Highlights of Climate Change Research in 2015. Greg Laden takes a look at some of the biggest headlines of the year related to climate science; here's the intro: "The following is a list of posts on this blog that report new climate change research, usually but not always from the peer reviewed literature, or posts that are longer essays intended to give context to ongoing climate change research. The first few posts are from December 2014, which addresses the fact that “year end summaries” tend to be written during December, or even before, so December of any given year gets the shaft.
- December 2014 – How scientists unraveled the El Niño mystery
- December 2014 – New Research on Tree Rings as Indicators of Past Climate
- December 2014 – Global Temperature A Century Ago Vs. Today..."
Man-Made Warming Blamed for Exceptional Weather Conditions. Is the ongoing warming, especially of the world's oceans, a significant contributing factor? How much can be attributed to this vs. El Nino? Here's an excerpt from Financial Times: "Record December warmth is affecting large areas of the northern hemisphere, including most of Europe and the eastern US, while severe flooding hits places from Paraguay to the north of England. Climate scientists pin responsibility for the exceptional weather on man-made warming, combined with random variability and El Niño, the natural heating of the tropical Pacific Ocean that occurs every few years. David Rooke, an expert on flooding and deputy chief executive of the UK Environment Agency, said on Monday that flood preparations required a “complete rethink” as a result of climate change. “We are in a period of known extremes and we are moving into a period of unknown extremes,” he told BBC Radio..."
Photo credit above: "Damage left after Saturday's tornado in Garland, Texas." Associated Press.