32 F. average high on December 1.
6 F. "high" on December 1, 2014, after waking up to -3 F. in the Twin Cities.
3" snow on the ground at KMSP.
5.2" snow so far this winter season.
10.3" average snowfall in the Twin Cities as of December 1.
9.4" snow had fallen last year, as of December 1.
December 2, 1985: Record low highs are set in north and east central Minnesota with temperatures ranging from the single digits below zero to the singles digits above. Alexandria was the cold spot with a high of 4 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. Other record low high temperatures included Redwood Falls with 3 below, Long Prairie with zero, and Litchfield and Little Falls with 5 degrees above zero.
December 2, 1982: A record high of 63 degrees is set at the Twin Cities.
Temperature Trumps Snowfall Amounts
Vague Hints of March On The Way
It may seem counter-intuitive but 10 inches of snow at 32F is easier to deal with on the roads than an inch at 10F. Monday's "storm" was a blunt reminder that ultimate impacts depend on temperature, not only at the surface, but the lowest mile of the atmosphere. Wet sloppy snows often melt on contact, keeping ultimate snowfall totals lower and roads wet.
"How many inches Paul?" We're fixated on snowfall totals, but that's the wrong question (on so many levels). The colder the storm the worse the travel conditions. Worth remembering the next time snow-related panic sets in. First check the predicted temperature for the duration of the storm - that's a better indicator of how ugly your commute is going to be.
Now that we've had our ration of snowy excitement - welcome to March! Watch for icy patches each morning, but Pacific air coupled with sunny breaks may translate into highs topping 40F from late this week into much of next week. Whatever feeble pile of slush remains in your yard will be mostly-gone by the weekend. Life isn't fair - neither is the weather.
Forget the calendar; "meteorological winter" kicked off December 1. If anyone asks: the statistical odds of a white Christmas at MSP are about 75 percent.
The pattern turns colder after December 15; it'll be close this year.
* Statistical odds of a white Christmas in Minnesota courtesy of the MN DNR.
Map credit: "The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season ended with a below-normal 11 named storms, four of which became hurricanes". (Credit: NOAA).
Image credit above: "MIT graphic displaying a flip of the geomagnetic field (Credit: Huapei Wang (with material courtesy of NASA's Earth Observatory) and edited by MIT News)."
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).
TODAY: Mostly cloudy, few flakes. Winds: NW 8-13. High: 36
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, a touch of fog possible. Low: 20
THURSDAY: Peeks of sun, turning milder. Winds: SW 8-13. High: 38
FRIDAY: Patchy clouds and fog, mild breeze. Winds: S 8-13. Wake-up: 23. High: 41
SATURDAY: More clouds than sun, still dry. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 29. High: 44
SUNDAY: Peeks of sun, milder than average. Winds: W 5-10. Wake-up: 27. High: near 40
MONDAY: Waiting for December. Sunny spurts. Wake-up: 26. High: 40
TUESDAY: Some sun, little or no snow left. Wake-up: 28. High: 42
Image credit above: "ENERGY BUDGET: How much global warming to expect depends on how Earth's climate responds to increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases trapping heat." Courtesy of NASA
Photo credit above: "From the left, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wave during the 'Mission Innovation: Accelerating the Clean Energy Revolution' meeting at the COP2, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Monday, Nov. 30 2015." (Ian Langsdon, Pool photo via AP).
Photo credit: "President Xi Jinping addresses world leaders at the UN climate summit in Paris on Monday." Photo: EPA.
Photo credit above: "There’s nothing like public humiliation to drive action on climate change. New Zealand and Belgium jointly won the first “Fossil of the Day” award in Paris on Monday." Photo by Climate Action Network.
File photo credit above: "A cyclist and vehicles negotiate heavily flooded streets as rain falls, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Miami Beach, Fla. Certain neighborhoods regularly experience flooding during heavy rains and extreme high tides. New storm water pumps are currently being installed along the bay front in Miami Beach. National and regional climate change risk assessments have used the flooding to illustrate the Miami area's vulnerability to rising sea levels." (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky).
The direct effects of climate change include increased heat stress, floods, drought, and increased frequency of intense storms, with the indirect threatening population health through adverse changes in air pollution, the spread of disease vectors, food insecurity and under-nutrition, displacement, and mental ill health...Image credit above: Lancet "The direct and indirect effects of climate change on health and well-being."
* Columbia University has a rebuttal here.
Photo credit above: "A view of the Exxon Mobil refinery in Baytown, Texas in this September 15, 2008 file photo." Photograph: Jessica Renaldi/Reuters.
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Photo credit above: "Upper Grinnell Lake, next to the remnants of the Grinell Glacier in Glacier National Park, Mont." (Ben Herndon).