+11 F. temperatures during the first 9 days of December are 11 F. warmer than average at MSP.
29 F. average high on December 9.
23 F. high temperature on December 9, 2014.
December 10, 1992: By this time there is partial ice cover in the Duluth harbor.
December 10, 1979: A 'heat wave' develops across Minnesota. Highs of 54 at Twin Cities and 57 at Winona are recorded.
December 10, 1978: Alexandria ends its fourteen day stretch of low temperatures at or below zero degrees Fahrenheit.
December 10, 1889: A late season thunderstorm is observed at Maple Plain. Source: Twin Cities NWS.
Fear of Flying
Are Minnesotans Getting Soft?
I hate it when people clap after a successful landing. Do you clap when you pull into the garage and turn off the car? No. Flying back to MSP Tuesday we encountered springlike rain showers and some minor turbulence.
My wife took a "Fear of Flying" class at Northwest Airlines in the 90s. It helped her manage the inevitable bumps. The way I explained it to her: you don't scream when your car hits a pothole, right?
Clear-air turbulence is an "atmospheric pothole", created by eddies and whirlpools of fast-moving air. The only time I get nervous is when pilots (accidently) fly into T-storms.
"March-ember" lingers today with a shot at 50F; a growing chance of wind-whipped rain showers as a cooler front blows through town. A second surge of southern moisture arrives this weekend; the atmosphere just warm enough aloft for rain - maybe a light mix or ice for far northern Minnesota. Good grief. I fear we're losing our winter weather mojo.
A coating of snow next Tuesday gives way to a few days in the 20s late next week. If you squint and pretend it might even look like December.
GFS Solution: Wild Wind Storm Next Wednesday? I'm not convinced this will verify, not yet. But NOAA's GFS model shows a deep area of low pressure pushing across the Plains into the Upper Midwest Wednesday; the atmosphere warm enough for a rain/snow mix over southern and eastern Minnesota. Stay tuned.
3 PM Wednesday temperatures courtesy of Oklahoma Mesonet.
- A ranch house
- The average male giraffe (h/t Chris Dolce)
- Shawn Kemp standing on Detlef Schrempf’s shoulders and holding his hands in the air
- The amount of snow Boston got last winter…plus 6 more feet
Animation credit: "An atmospheric river from the tropical Pacific is delivering heavy rain and snow to the Pacific Northwest and California this week." Credit: CIMSS.
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)
Holiday Gift Guides:
Kottke.org has a wide range of gift ideas here.
The New York Times has an interesting selection for the serious traveler in your life.
TODAY: Few showers, gusty and unseasonably mild for mid-December. Winds: W 15-25. High: 48
THURSDAY NIGHT: Showers taper, still windy. Low: 32
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy, still milder than average. Winds: E 8-13. High: 41
SATURDAY: Light rain and drizzle develops. Winds: E 10-15. Wake-up: 34. High: 39
SUNDAY: Rain tapers, drying PM hours. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 36. High: 39
MONDAY: More clouds than sun, quiet. Wake-up: 31. High: 37
TUESDAY: A little wet snow possible, especially north/west of MSP. Wake-up: 30. High: 35
WEDNESDAY: Flurries taper, colder wind kicks in. Feels like December. Wake-up: 26. High: 29
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.
Graphic credit: NASA.
Photo credit above: Arnold Schwarzenegger. His facebook post is here.
The Real Climate-Change Villain Isn't China. It's Congress. The Daily Beast explains; here's a link and excerpt: "...And the biggest threat to the climate in the medium term may not be China, the world’s biggest producer of greenhouses at the moment, where a dictatorial regime is pushing policies that will make dramatic differences; the problem is in the second-biggest producer of greenhouse gases, the United States, where Congress simply denies reality. “Congress is unwilling to do anything at this point,” said Ralph Becker, the mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah..."
Photo credit above: Damir Sagolj/Reuters.
Photo credit: Lance Cheung/Flickr.