31 F. average high on December 3.
23 F. high on December 3, 2014.
2" snow on the ground at MSP International Airport.
December 4, 1886: Minneapolis hits a record-setting 15 degrees below zero.
Winter Hits the Pause Button
Mild Into Next Week
My jingle bells are thawing nicely, tufts of green lawn showing through dwindling piles of slush. I may go for a boat ride. Just to say I went boating, in Minnesota, in early December.
You may be relieved by this early-winter reprieve from wind chill, but I find it all a bit disconcerting. The lack of (real) cold fronts leaves me a little uneasy.
And for winter weather fans the glass is half-empty: neighborhood hockey rinks without ice, feeble snow cover for cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Thousands of Minnesota companies depend on a reliable supply of snow & cold to make a living.
What's happening? Why is winter missing in action? El Nino, coupled with the warmest year on record, worldwide - 14 of the 15 warmest years on since 2000. You might even call it a trend.
Unusual warmth spills over into next week; a streak of 40s; ECMWF (European) guidance hinting at 50F by the end of next week, before a storm (rain event) pulls colder air back into Minnesota by mid-month.
Live long enough and you'll see everything, even a year without a (real) winter. Santa isn't amused.
Official: Second Warmest Nighttime Lows During Autumn Since 1873. Here's a graph published by the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service. 2015 was second only to 1991 for the warmest nighttime minimum temperatures.
Image credit above: "A woman uses a cloth to cover her face from pollutants as she walks past a construction building on a heavily polluted day in Beijing, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Beijing on Sunday, Nov. 29 issued its highest smog alert of the year following air pollution in capital city reached hazardous levels as smog engulfed large parts of the country despite efforts to clean up the foul air." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Image credit above: "An aerial view of the flooded cemetery in Chennai, India, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. The heaviest rainfall in more than 100 years has devastated swathes of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, with thousands forced to leave their submerged homes and schools, offices and a regional airport shut for a second day Thursday." ( Atul Yadav/ Press Trust of India via AP).
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TODAY: Partly sunny, milder. Winds: S 8-13. High: 41
FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 35
SATURDAY: Clouds increase, feels like early November. Winds: S 10-15. High: 44
SUNDAY: Blue sky, consider mowing the lawn. Winds: W 5-10. Wake-up: 30. High: 41
MONDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, still quiet. Wake-up: 29. High: 43
TUESDAY: Intervals of sun, no sign of winter. Wake-up: 30. High: 45
WEDNESDAY: Patchy clouds and fog. Wake-up: 32. High: 43
THURSDAY: Mild, growing chance of rain. Wake-up: 33. High: 45
Graphic credit above: "Time series of annual values of global mean temperature anomalies (red and blue bars) in degrees Celsius, and carbon dioxide concentrations at Mauna Loa, both from NOAA, relative to a baseline of the 20th Century values. Also given as dashed values are the pre-industrial estimated values, with the scale in orange at right for carbon dioxide, where the value is 280 ppmv (parts per million by volume). The latest October 2015 values exceed 400 ppmv. For temperature, the 2015 value is based on observations through October 2015 and estimated for November and December based on the October anomaly. Values are more than 1 C above pre-industrial levels." (Thanks to John Fasullo who helped with this figure).
David Koch file photo: AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack.
[O]n this issue the G.O.P. has come to resemble a Soviet dictatorship — a vast majority of Republican politicians can’t publicly say what they know about the truth of climate change because they’re afraid the thought police will knock on their door and drag them off to an AM radio interrogation.Brooks is a bit delusional about that "vast majority," but he's not wrong about the thought police. Deviation on this issue is swiftly punished by a well-funded primary from the right..."
Image credit: Pitch Interactive; SOURCE: MICHAEL E. MANN.
Graphic credit above: Pew Research Center.
The State Council, China’s cabinet, introduced the new rules to help meet a new target of cutting emissions of air pollutants such as sulphur dioxide and nitrous oxide 60% by the end of the decade.
Air pollution levels in Beijing have spiked this week, blanketing the city in smog and forcing some international schools to close just as China’s delegation arrived in Paris hoping to play a crucial role in negotiating a new global climate change treaty.
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Chuck Hagel: Climate Change is a National Security Problem. It's a "threat multiplier", magnifying and accelerating problems that might have popped up organically, but making them worse - faster. Here's an excerpt at TIME: "...This is why, along with a bipartisan group of other former Secretaries of Defense and State and national security leaders, I recently signed a statement urging global cooperation on climate change. The statement said we must work to address these threats as a national security imperative. The military has defined climate change as a global threat multiplier that could exacerbate instigators of conflict such as resource disputes, ethnic tensions and economic discontent. Preparing for climate change is about risk—even if we do not understand every aspect of the scientific predictions, we know that the consequences of not acting may be significant..."