25 F. average high on December 25.
35 F. high on December 25, 2014. There was no snow reported on the ground at KMSP last Christmas.
December 26, 1990: Much of central Minnesota sets record low temperatures near 30 degrees below zero, while others had lows in the teens below zero. Cambridge had the coldest temperature with 31 below. Mora was close behind, with a low of 30 below. Other notably cold lows were at St. Cloud, with 29 below, and Melrose and Menomonie, WI with 27 below.
After-Christmas Miracle: A Plowable Snowfall! (?)
So close. The Twin Cities missed a white Christmas by 1 day. I'll kick the Doppler and work on my timing for 2016. All those disappointed (or disappointing?) relatives who showed up at your door expecting snow for the holidays may finally get their wish.
The lowest mile of the atmosphere should be cold enough for all-snow: a few inches will accumulate before tapering to flurries after lunch. Travel this morning will be slick, 2-4 inches falls before temperatures approach 32F this afternoon, leaving most roads wet and slushy.
Getting home tomorrow by car or plane should be easier; cool with faint glimmers of sunshine. A few more inches of colder, fluffier snow may pile up by Wednesday (the next storm about 5F colder than today's event). By New Year's Eve daytime highs will be stuck in the teens. The New Year kicks off with a whiff of wind chill.
The first December tornado in Michigan; a 130 mile-long tornado track in Mississippi; 70s and 80s out east; the warmest Christmas Eve on record? It was a jaw-dropping finale to the planet's warmest year on record.
Never a dull moment.
A WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA FOR LATE TONIGHT AND SATURDAY...GENERALLY WEST OF A LINE FROM ST. PETER TO WILLMAR. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE REMAINDER OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN...ALSO FOR LATE TONIGHT AND SATURDAY. ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL SPREAD INTO WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA LATE THIS EVENING AND PERSIST INTO SATURDAY AFTERNOON. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 8 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WARNING AREA. FOR THE REMAINDER OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN MINNESOTA...INCLUDING ST. CLOUD AND THE TWIN CITIES...3 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW ARE POSSIBLE. IN SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN NEAR EAU CLAIRE...A MIX OF SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN IS POSSIBLE...WITH SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES AND MINOR ICE ACCUMULATION. IN ADDITION...NORTHERLY WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH SATURDAY AFTERNOON MAY LEAD TO CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW ACROSS WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...MAKING FOR DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS.
Photo credit above: "Trista Boga, center, helps salvage what she can from a friend's home along Highway 178 in Holly Springs, Miss., on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. At least 10 people were killed in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas as spring-like storms mixed with unseasonably warm weather and spawned rare Christmastime tornadoes in the South." (Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)
Map credit above: "Global temperature records for the year-to-date." Credit: NOAA National Centers for Environment Information
Photo credit above: "Vehicles and debris are scattered in an area near Linden, Tenn., Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. Several people were killed in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas as spring-like storms mixed with unseasonably warm weather spawned rare Christmastime tornadoes in the South." (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey).
File Photo credit above: "The pilot's view of sunset as seen through the Heads-up Display after fling into Hurricane Ike. The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters fly nonstop, 24 hours a day collecting data in the storm that threatened the coastline of Texas in 2008." Source: U.S. Air Force photo by Major Chad E. Gibson).
How The World Looked When Jesus Was Born, According to Roman Geographers. Here's an excerpt of an interesting and timely article at Atlas Obscura: "Two thousand years ago, around the time that Jesus of Nazareth was born, the second Holy Temple was still standing in Jerusalem. The Great Pyramid at Giza was already 2,500 years old, but the Library of Alexandria was still around. In Rome, the Colosseum hadn’t been built yet. It’s a bit uncanny to think about the political geography of a time and place that’s also the setting for a timeless story–the birth of Jesus Christ. Because that story is so often told, its context feels familiar. And, in the part of the world that Jesus lived in, the best knowledge about the rest of the world was, in some ways, thorough and accurate..."
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- You don't have to turn your favorite hobby or past time into your full-time living, but you do need to have a passion for your work. If your work is meaningful to you, your work life will be a joy.
- If you can't be passionate about the work itself, be passionate about the reason you do it..."
Photo credit above: Mark Ostow / New Hampshire Magazine / The Atlantic.
Image credit: Giphy.
Photo credit above: "A policeman talks to the driver of a motor-tricycle on a road amid heavy haze in Handan city in northern China's Hebei province Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. Meteorological authorities in Hebei, a province which neighbors Beijing and is regarded as China's most polluted, issued its first red alert for smog on Tuesday as more Chinese cities are issuing their first red alerts for pollution in response to forecasts of heavy smog." (Chinatopix via AP).
TODAY: Snow tapers. 2-4" possible. Winds: NE 10-20. High: 32
SATURDAY NIGHT: A few flurries - many roads still slick. Low: 18
SUNDAY: Partly sunny and colder, better travel conditions. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 20
MONDAY: Clouds increase, snow moves in at night. Wake-up: 9. High: 22
TUESDAY: Snow tapers, couple inches early. Wake-up: 22. High: 27
WEDNESDAY: Light snow and flurries, icy roads. Wake-up: 23. High: 26
NEW YEAR'S EVE: Chilly breeze. Feels like 0-5F. Winds: W 10-15. Wake-up: 16. High: 19
NEW YEAR'S DAY: A numbing New Year! Hello 2016. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 9. High: 17
Photo credit above: "Southern California Gas Co. technical experts try to stop the flow of natural gas leaking from a storage well at the utility's Aliso Canyon facility near the Northridge section of Los Angeles." Javier Mendoza/SoCalGas/AP.