November 14, 1996: An ice storm moves through much of central and southern Minnesota and west central Wisconsin. Schools closed or began late over much of southern Minnesota the morning of the 15th due to a 1/2 inch thick layer of ice that covered much of the area. Flights were canceled at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport due to ice forming on airplanes and runways, although mainly sleet was reported in the Twin Cities.
November 14, 1833: A spectacular meteor shower is witnessed at Ft. Snelling.
What Phobia Keeps You Up At Night?
With today's supermoon (passing closer to Earth than anytime since 1948) my Amablephobia is acting up. That's an irrational fear of looking up, or the sky falling. Then again a close encounter with the moon or a sudden alien invasion may be one of the few things capable of uniting us right now.
As many as 1 in 10 Americans may suffer from intense fear of weather, debilitating phobias that can impact quality of life. After breaking my ankle walking the dog last winter (please don't laugh) I now suffer from Pagophobia, a fear of ice. Which is ironic, since I also have serious concerns about runaway warming, or Kalimeraphobia.
Yeah, I'm a hot mess.
If you suffer from Chinonophobia (fear of snow) or Ancraophobia (fear of wind) it's almost time to head for the bunker. A relatively mild week gives way to a surge of rain and wind on Friday. By the time it's cold enough for snow close to the MSP metro any moisture should cut off, but a few inches of slush may fall up north.
It's been the warmest start to November on record. We're due for a minor reality check.
Not frigid but colder.
Reality Check Brewing. Enjoy another relatively mild week, because by Saturday there will be no doubt in your mind that it's November. Not exactly frigid, but a step in that direction as Canadian air (finally) rushes south of the border. ECMWF guidance: WeatherBell.
Weak Omega Block. Looking out roughly 2 weeks the 500mb flow is forecast to kink up into a weak Omega Block; storms favored for the western USA and New England with weak ridging over the Plains. A seasonably chilly pattern for northern tier states; uncomfortably cold for New England.
Map credit: U.S. Drought Monitor.
Weather Photo of the Week. Check out this haboob, triggered by thunderstorm downdrafts kicking up a wall of windblown sand and dust. More details via Capital Weather Gang.
TUESDAY: Early shower, then clearing. Winds: W 10-20. High: 57
WEDNESDAY: Sunny, breezy and pleasant. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 40. High: 58
THURSDAY: Partly sunny, typical for September. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 44. High: 63
FRIDAY: Windswept rain, falling temperatures. Winds: NW 20-35+ Wake-up: 50. High: 61
SATURDAY: More clouds than sun, brisk. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 36. High: 41
SUNDAY: First freeze at MSP. Sunny. Wake-up: 28. High: near 40
In this free evening conversation, you’ll learn:
- Why Christians should lead the charge for caring for God’s creation.
- How climate change goes beyond politics and affects the health, economy, and stability of future generations.
- Tips to help your family and those around you care for the earth..."
Photo credit: "China has been working to reduce the smoggy conditions that plague Beijing."
This Year The Antarctic Has Suddenly Started to Disappear. Co.Exist has the story; here's the intro: "The Arctic is melting. We know that already. But now we're in worse trouble, because the Antarctic is disappearing too. By studying 36 years of satellite images, researchers have spotted the worrying trend. Until now, they thought that the Antarctic ice sheet was actually growing, but that has changed. The Arctic consists of a sea surrounded by land, and this stops its ice from drifting away every summer. The Antarctic is the opposite—land surrounded by water—so most of it melts every year. But every winter it refreezes, covering almost 7 million square miles with sea ice..." (File image: NASA).