50 F. high in the Twin Cities Monday.
42 F. average high on November 14.
57 F. high on November 14, 2015.
November 15, 1976: So far this year there were over three thousand forest fires in Minnesota.
First Winter Slap Brewing - Slushy Late Friday?
Minnesota snow lovers may get an inexplicable urge to ski Roseau by Saturday. Test out the trails near Thief River Falls? Some models are printing out 1-2 FEET of snow for the Red River Valley.
I didn't want to bury the lead.
Deep breaths. Windblown rain ends as wet snow late Friday and Friday night. A slushy inch or two can't be ruled out near the MSP metro. But this isn't the Big One. Not yet. It will be a subtle (yet blunt) reminder that we're roughly 2 weeks away from "Meteorological Winter", which runs from December 1 to March 1; historically the coldest 90 days of the year.
Peak Snuggling Season. Just trying to put a positive spin on this.
Relatively mild weather continues this week; 60F possible Wednesday and likely on Thursday before 30-40 mph winds trigger a rapid temperature tumble Friday PM. There may be slushy, icy roads Friday night - too early for specifics.
Skies clear Saturday with the first sub-freezing temperatures of autumn for the downtowns and close-in 'burbs Sunday morning. Next week looks quiet with a streak of 40s; probably no big storms for Thanksgiving.
GFS Solution: Red River Valley Snow Blitz. NOAA's model pulls a few flurries across central and southern Minnesota, with the heaviest snows (1-2 feet) falling on the Red River Valley. Source: WeatherBell.
Natural Disasters Push 26 Million Into Poverty Each Year, Says World Bank. The Guardian reports: "Floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and other extreme natural disasters push 26 million people into poverty each year and cost the global economy more than half a trillion dollars in lost consumption, the World Bank has said. A bank study of 117 countries concluded that the full cost of natural disasters was $520bn (£416bn) a year – 60% higher than any previous estimate – once the impact on poor people was taken into account..."
TODAY: Some sun, not bad at all. Winds: W 8-13. High: 58
TUESDAY NIGHT: A few clouds around. Low: 38
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, mild for mid-November. Winds: SE 8-13. High: near 60
THURSDAY: Clouds increase, last mild day in sight. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 50. High: 63
FRIDAY: Strong winds. Rain ends as wet snow. Winds: NW 20-40. Wake-up: 48. High: 51 (falling sharply PM hours)
SATURDAY: Raw start, then gradual clearing. Winds: NW 10-15. Wake-up: 35. High: 38
SUNDAY: First hard freeze for downtowns. Sunny. Winds: SE 5-10. Wake-up: 26. High: 39
MONDAY: Partly sunny, good travel weather. Winds: SE 10-15. Wake-up: 28. High: 42
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- 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.
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Religious Environmentalists Gird Themselves for a Trump Presidency. Here's the intro to a story at Religion News Service: "For environmentalists who ground their work in faith, Donald Trump in the White House presents an unexpected and direct challenge to what they consider their God-given responsibility to care for Creation. And they fear that of all the changes a Trump presidency will bring, his dismissal of climate change could be the most far-reaching and damaging. Trump has deemed climate change a “hoax.” He said he wants to ignore the Paris climate accords. And he has indicated that he would roll back President Obama’s efforts to reduce methane, carbon and other pollutants..." (Image credit: NASA).
U.S. Will Be "Rogue" State If It Ditches Climate Accord: U.N. Envoy. Reuters has the story here.
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