30 F. average high on December 7.
35 F. high on December 7, 2014.
December 8, 1995: A strong low pressure system passes across Northern Minnesota, producing considerable snowfall in advance of an intense cold front. Snowfall of five to eight inches was common with eight inches recorded at New London and Alexandria. The most snow reported was 9.6 inches in Mound. The Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport received 7.1 inches. The cold front moved through by late morning on the 8th as temperatures dropped 20 degrees within an hour of the frontal passage. Strong northwest winds of 20 to 40 mph immediately behind the front resulted in severe blowing and drifting and white-out conditions in many areas. Over 150 schools closed early or cancelled classes. Many businesses closed early as well. The Governor ordered state offices closed at noon on the 8th, sending thousands of state employees home. Over 100 outbound flights were cancelled at the Twin Cities International Airport, but the airport remained open.
December 8, 1876: The term 'Blizzard' is first used in the government publication 'Monthly Weather Review.'
December 8, 1804: John Sayer at the Snake River Fir Trading Post near present day Pine City mentions: 'Cold day. Thermometer 10 degrees below freezing.' Lewis and Clark also noted this cold wave at their winter quarters in Ft. Mandan, North Dakota near present day Bismarck.
March-like This Week
December Returns Next Week
Weather whiplash means more than flip-flopping from drought to flood. It means that winter can vary from a bitter "Polar Vortex" to what we're experiencing now: a perfectly normal winter, for Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The metro area should have picked up a cool foot of snow by December 8. But only 5 inches of snow has fallen - much of that melting on contact early last week.
El Nino winters tend to be milder and drier. The last major El Nino (1997-98) 45 inches of snow fell during the winter at MSP. In 1982-83 a whopping 74 inches fell. Every storm is different - every El Nino is different. It's dangerous making broad generalizations. But one thing is as certain as the wart on the end of my nose: the upcoming winter will be shorter than average.
40s continue into Friday; a few rain showers sprout Thursday along the leading edge of cooler air. A light mix is possible over the weekend, but ECMWF guidance shows the next (big) storm tracking east of Minnesota.
Colder air returns late next week. You may even need a heavy jacket within 10-14 days.
Nothing polar is on the horizon. Not yet.
Image montage: Twitter.
- "The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) last week ran a simulated attack on the United States' utility grid in partnership with industry and government to determine how to improve responses in the event of a real attack.
- While the test did not unveil any new or immediate vulnerabilities, EnergyWire reports that in a worst-case scenario some cities could be left uninhabitable.
- The test involved about 10,000 participants and 350 utilities, and simulated attacks on corporate and control systems, communication failures and physical attacks including bombings and shootings..." (Photo credit: NatGeo).
Map credit: Tufts Magazine.
Despite Push for Cleaner Cars, Sheer Numbers Could Work Against Climate Benefits. Here's a clip from The New York Times: "...For all Mr. Feunteun’s optimism, the delegates to the United Nations climate conference in nearby Le Bourget, France, confront a sobering fact: The number of automobiles on the world’s roads is on pace to double — to more than two billion — by the year 2030. And more likely than not, most of those cars will be burning carbon-emitting gasoline or diesel fuels. That’s because much of the expansion will be propelled by the rise of the consumer class in industrializing parts of the globe, especially in China and India, as hundreds of millions of new drivers discover the glory of the open road..."
File photo credit: Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune.
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Few things tell a story quite like a photo. And few people curate photos as well as Alan Taylor. So you don't want to miss InFocus' look at the top 25 news photos of 2015.
+ And another excellent collection: AP Photos top 100 news images of 2015.
Illustration credit above: Emil Lendof/The Daily Beast.
- New York, New York
- Times Square
- Eiffel Tower
- Tower Bridge..."
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: Patchy clouds, PM shower or sprinkle? Winds: S 7-12. High: 43
TUESDAY NIGHT: Gradual clearing. Low: 32
WEDNESDAY: More sun, more vague hints of spring. Winds: SW 8-13. High: 45
THURSDAY: Mild start, better chance of showers. Winds: W 15-25. Wake-up: 37. High: 47
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy, cooler - less wind. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 33. High: near 40
SATURDAY: Light mix possible. Slushy up north? Winds: NE 7-12. Wake-up: 32. High: 38
SUNDAY: Flurries taper, slow clearing. Winds: N 10-20. Wake-up: 30. High: 35
MONDAY: Intervals of sun, seasonably cool. Wake-up: 28. High: 34
Photo credit above: "An aerial view shows flooding over Kalay, upper Myanmar's Sagaing region earlier this year." (AFP: Ye Aung Thu)
Photo credit above: Lynne Sladky/Associated Press.
Photo credit: " Eric Gaillard/REUTERS.