"October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy draughts that bit at exposed hands and faces" wrote J.K. Rowling, in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix".
November is a dark, cruel month. Many find it hard to be thankful for emboldened cold fronts, long shadows and a sun that is AWOL much of the time. Then again we're counting down to holidays, more time with family, less yard work and fewer mosquitoes.
We get to remove one layer of clothing Saturday as the mercury pushes into the 40s. Rain arrives late Sunday and Sunday night, tapering to showers Monday. It should be cold enough for a snowy coating the middle of next week. I don't see a snow day, not yet. But NOAA's GFS model does try and spin up a more formidable storm late next week.
After 3 Septembers in a row the atmosphere was primed for a little payback. No record cold is brewing, nothing I'd qualify as frigid. Just a reminder that we live in a distant southern suburb of Winnipeg, Manitoba. It's true.
1995: A narrow band of five to eight inches of snow falls from west central Minnesota around Canby and Granite Falls to east central Minnesota. This included much of the Twin Cities metro area.
1965: A snowstorm develops across northern Minnesota. 14.7 inches of snow fell at Duluth, along with 13.6 inches at Grand Rapids.
1896: A severe Thanksgiving day ice storm develops over southwest and central Minnesota. 1.42 inches of freezing rain falls at Bird Island, and 1.20 inches of freezing rain falls at Montevideo. The ice causes a great deal of damage to trees and shrubs.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average Low: 20F (Record: -16F set in 1977)
*Daylight Lost Since Yesterday: ~1mins & 48sec
*Daylight Lost Since Summer Solstice: ~6hours and 26mins
3.2 Days Before New Moon
According to NOAA's NOHRSC, 20.5% of the nation was covered up in snow as of November 25th. Last year at this time, there was 21.2%
"Scientists warn increasingly rapid melting could trigger polar ‘tipping points’ with catastrophic consequences felt as far away as the Indian Ocean"
"Arctic scientists have warned that the increasingly rapid melting of the ice cap risks triggering 19 “tipping points” in the region that could have catastrophic consequences around the globe.The Arctic Resilience Report found that the effects of Arctic warming could be felt as far away as the Indian Ocean, in a stark warning that changes in the region could cause uncontrollable climate change at a global level.Temperatures in the Arctic are currently about 20C above what would be expected for the time of year, which scientists describe as “off the charts”. Sea ice is at the lowest extent ever recorded for the time of year. “The warning signals are getting louder,” said Marcus Carson of the Stockholm Environment Institute and one of the lead authors of the report. “[These developments] also make the potential for triggering [tipping points] and feedback loops much larger.”"
(Ice cover at the top of the globe shrank to its smallest area in 2016—some 4.14 million sq km (1.6 million sq miles)—on September 16)
See more from the Guardian HERE:
Technology has come a long way; rockets are sent into space, man has walked on the moon — several times — and so much has been achieved in the world engineering and science, that it seems strange we can not solve the pooing in space conundrum.