29 F. average high on December 10.
29 F. high on December 10, 2014.
.16" rain had fallen at MSP as of 6 PM Thursday.
December 11, 2010: A blizzard hits much of southern Minnesota. Minneapolis saw a December record 16.3 inches of snow in one calendar day and much of the metro area saw between 15 and 20 inches of snow.
December 11, 1983: Nine cars fall through the ice at the same time on Buffalo Lake in central Minnesota. There was only 5 to 6 inches of ice on the lake.
December 11, 1979: The temperature drops in Roseville from 48 degrees at 2 pm to zero by dawn of the following day.
December 11, 1916: Montevideo has its fifty-second consecutive day with no precipitation.
A December to Remember
Boating and Golfing?
Just when you think you've seen everything. A few days ago my wife spied fishing boats on a nearby lake. Yesterday people were golfing up in Maple Plain. My lawn is still in need of a good mowing.
Curious, head-scratching, downright unsettling, considering we should be knee-deep in snow right about now.
NOAA reports autumn was the warmest on record for the lower 48 states. It was the second warmest fall from the Dakotas and Minnesota into Wisconsin and Michigan. What is looking more and more like a record El Nino, even stronger than 1997-98, is overwhelming all other signals. Warmth is bubbling out of the Pacific and overpowering Canadian winds.
Case in point: yesterday's cool frontal passage dropped temperatures about 8F. today, but the atmosphere will still be warm enough aloft for rain this weekend; half an inch may fall. Any other December that would have translated into half foot of snow.
Another, colder system may coat the ground with snow next Tuesday; a streak of 20s next week. Any cold-correction may be brief; models show another warm front arriving on Christmas.
This Past Fall Was The Warmest on Record in the Continental U.S., Says NOAA. It was the second warmest on record for the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Here's an excerpt from The Capital Weather Gang: "The continental U.S. just ended its warmest autumn on record, September through November, during which “record and near-record warmth spanned much of the nation,” said NOAA in a press release. The average autumn temperature in the U.S. was 56.8 degrees, which is 3.3 degrees above the 20th century average, and the warmest such period in 121 years of record-keeping. The previous record for warmest fall was set in 1963, when the average temperature was 56.6 degrees..."
* Climate Central has more details on autumn's amazing, record-breaking warmth here.
Surface Pressure Map valid Thursday evening: earth.nullschool.net.
* Heavy rain since the beginning of the month has led to numerous reports of flooding and landslides across the Pacific Northwest. Rainfall amounts have exceeded over a half a foot in some locations.
* The state of Washington has declared a State of Emergency due to the widespread flooding and power outages that have occurred.
* More rain is in the forecast into the weekend that could total over 4” in spot.
More Rain On The Way. The atmosphere is set up for more waves of rain to move in off the Pacific Ocean over the next few days. The next system will move through as we head into Friday, bringing another 1-3” to spots. The rain will continue, though, as we head into the weekend, only making problems worse. The only real, extended break in the rain may not come until the middle of next week for areas like Portland and Seattle.
Thursday 6 PM:
Summary. Heavy rain will continue to cause numerous issues across the Northwest over the next several days, with impacts to transportation and infrastructure likely as another 2-5” of rain is expected through the weekend. A break in the constant rain doesn’t look likely until the middle of next week at the moment.
D.J. Kayser, Meteorologist, AerisWeather
File photo: "In this Nov. 25, 2015 photo, Sitesh Singh, 48, an auto rickshaw driver wears a mask to protect himself from pollution in New Delhi, India. Over the last decade the city's air pollution has grown so rapidly that the cold weather turns the city into a grey, smog-filled health nightmare. New Delhi has earned the dubious distinction of being the world's dirtiest city, surpassing Beijing, once the poster child for air pollution." (AP Photo /Tsering Topgyal)
TODAY: Cloudy, a bit cooler. Winds: E 7-12. High: near 40
FRIDAY NIGHT: Cloudy with patchy drizzle and fog. Low: 34
SATURDAY: Light rain and drizzle. Ice far northern MN. Winds: N 8-13. High: 39
SUNDAY: Periods of rain likely, heaviest south/east of MSP. Winds: N 10-20. Wake-up: 36. High: 38
MONDAY: Drying out, still cool and gray. Wake-up: 32. High: 36
TUESDAY: Wet, slushy snowfall possible; light accumulation possible. Wake-up: 30. High: 33
WEDNESDAY: Flurries taper, colder wind kicks in. Wake-up: 19. High: 25
THURSDAY: Chilled sun, feels like December again. Wake-up: 16. High: 23
* Photo: Brad Birkholz.
Photo credit above: "People attend a climate conference at the U.S. pavilion during the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Widely derided by politicians on the left and the right, once thought dead even by its supporters, the idea of allowing companies to buy and sell pollution “rights” like stocks is now at the fore again as 151 heads of state and government at the Paris climate conference grope for ways to avert environmental havoc." (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Photo credit above: "NGO representatives gather next to on the mini red Eiffel Tower after a sit-in protest closed to the plenary session to denounce the first draft COP21 Climate Conference agreement, and put pressure to reach an international agreement to limit global warming, during the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015." (AP Photo/Francois Mori).
Photo credit above: "Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, minister of petroleum and mineral resources, of Saudi Arabia addressing delegates at COP21 conference in Le Bourget, Paris." Photograph: IISD.
Photo credit above: AP Photo/Francois Mori.
Photo credit above: "Climate activists stage a protest outside the Louvre pyramid in Paris where negotiations are taking place to agree a global deal on greenhouse gas emissions." Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters.
Photo credit: "US Secretary of State John Kerry waves as he walks off stage after speaking at the Mashable/UN Foundation "Earth to Paris" summit at Le Petit Palais in Paris, France, on the sidelines of the COP21, the UN climate change conference, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015." (Mandel Ngan/Pool Photo via AP)
How The U.S. Became an Unlikely Hero at the Paris Climate Summit. TIME reports; here's the intro: "The U.S. has been an obstacle at past climate-change summits, but in Paris, it has been key to a deal Negotiators from the U.S. arrived in Paris last week for talks on climate change with a mandate from President Barack Obama to advance a strong deal to stem greenhouse-gas emissions. And with just days remaining before the conference is set to conclude, climate-policy experts say the U.S. has done just that..."
Photo credit above: " " Credit Pool photo by Mandel Ngan.