30 F. average high on December 6.
32 F. high on December 6, 2014.
45 F. high yesterday at International Falls. 1" snow on the ground.
0" snow on the ground as of 7 PM Sunday.
December 7, 1982: Due to unseasonably mild temperatures during the preceding weeks, a farmer near St. Bonifacius is able to bail his 4th crop of alfalfa hay on this day.
December 7, 1927: A blizzard hits the Arrowhead region with heavy snows and 70 mph winds at Duluth.
Winter No-Show: 40s This Week
Cooling to "Average" Next Week
I had an out-of-body experience yesterday. "Honey, the lawn needs mowing" my wife suggested. Glancing at the Vikings score it almost seemed like a good idea.
AerisWeather meteorologist Todd Nelson told me outdoor hockey rinks aren't open yet. Here's a thought: flood the rinks and try paddle-boarding. Ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing?
These are tough times for Minnesota snow-lovers.
Our luck should change - unless it doesn't. The atmosphere is locked in a persistent rut; prevailing jet stream winds hijacked by El Nino. More Pacific air - less Canadian air; fewer opportunities for big storms to spin up - and not nearly enough cold air in place for snow to stick around.
Yesterday's stubborn stratus and fog should give way to sunshine and 40s today; a few rain showers push
across the state Tuesday. A streak of 40s this week gives way to a feeble push of cooler air by the weekend with highs near freezing - still a few degrees above average.
Could the pattern shift in January with a conga-line of storms and bitter blasts? It's possible - but don't hold your breath.
Graphic credit above: "The gray line on this graph shows observed surface temperatures from 1880 to 2015. The red line shows the effective temperature forcing of greenhouse gases and aerosols (converted to CO2), and the blue line shows the forcing from both those manmade sources and natural factors, like solar radiation. Early on in the temperature record, the red and blue lines diverge because natural factors meant the full impact of greenhouse gases on temperatures wasn't being felt, but in recent years, the two lines match closely, showing how much greenhouse gases are dominating global temperatures. 2015 is slightly above the red line because of a small push from El Niño as well as even smaller contributions from solar radiation and random weather variations."
Photo credit: PTI. "A Coast Guard chopper drops relief materials to the residents in Chennai on Sunday."
Photo credit above: "A residential area is seen surrounded by floodwaters in Chennai, India, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. Although floodwaters have begun to recede, vast swaths of Chennai and neighboring districts were still under 2 1/2 to 3 meters (8 to 10 feet) of water, with tens of thousands of people in state-run relief camps." (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K).
Gird your loins, folks: the Season of Audi has arrived.
The deep introspection, the "Emmanuel, God with us" soul-searching can wait until January, when all the hubbub has passed and the bills start arriving.
TODAY: Sun reappears, mild. Winds: S 10-20. High: 45
MONDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 32
TUESDAY: Clouds, few rain showers possible. Winds: S 8-13. High: 44
WEDNESDAY: Intervals of sun, feels like March. Wake-up: 31. High: 43
THURSDAY: Cooler front arrives, few showers likely. Winds: W 15-25. Wake-up: 34. High: 45
FRIDAY: More clouds than sun, cooler. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 35. High: 39
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy, seasonably cool. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: 29. High: 34
SUNDAY: Storm probably stays east. Peeks of sun. Winds: N 7-12. Wake-up: 26. High: 32
Photo credit: " Eric Gaillard/REUTERS.