Here's a look at Otto in the Atlantic Basin on Wednesday evening as it neared the east coast of Central America. Interestingly, Otto became a rare late November hurricane, which makes it the latest hurricane to develop in the western Caribbean on record, breaking the old record set by Martha in 1969.
A mixture of rain/sleet/snow on Tuesday finally made the switch to ALL snow Tuesday night/AM Wednesday. There were a number of reports across the metro of 2" to 4". If you happened to shovel it, you found out that it was VERY heavy! The heaviest report from the NWS came from near North Branch at 6".
More Snow on the Way Thursday
Here's the latest from the NWS, which shows the potential of more snow PM Thursday. Note that this burst could potentially produce some light shoveling amounts across parts of southern MN. Stay tuned!
"Dry weather is expected Thanksgiving morning, but another system will bring a light wintry mix in the afternoon, followed by some light snow during the evening and night. The weather pattern will remain active, with another chance for wintry weather arriving on Sunday."
"1 million more travelers than last year will take to the highways, skies and seas"
"AAA projects that 48.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, an increase of one million travelers compared with last year. This represents a 1.9 percent increase over 2015, and the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 27."
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A storm system moving through the eastern half of the country on Wednesday and Thursday will make for soggy traveling conditions for many Americans as they travel along highways and airport hubs. The images below suggest weather conditions and temperatures around midday on Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day Thursday.
Here is what you CAN talk about around the Thanksgiving dinner table this year: the weather (a given), favorite Creole recipes, snails, and things I like most about Madagascar. Everything else is pretty much off limits.
This year I am thankful for many things. I'm grateful there is no natural gas lurking underneath our pristine lakes, prairies and woodlands. Thankful we don't live within a few feet of sea level. Relieved Minnesota isn't weathering perpetual drought this year. Thrilled it can still get cold enough to snow.
A light coating of snow is possible Thursday night as a weak storm pinwheels overhead. No travel problems expected Friday and Saturday; by Sunday the atmosphere aloft is warm enough for rain - which spills into Monday with highs in the 40s.
We cool off again next week and even though December starts on a seasonably chilly note, nothing frigid (subzero) is brewing looking out 2 weeks.
Thanksgiving Day? A 2-4 inch accumulation of turkey, mashed potato drifts and showers of hot gravy. Cranberry sauce will leave side dishes slippery. Be careful out there. Pace yourself!
1983: A snowstorm dumps almost two feet at Babbitt and about 20 inches at Duluth.
1825: A warm spell begins over Ft. Snelling. The temperature rises up to 70 degrees.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average Low: 22F (Record: -10F set in 1893)
*Daylight Lost Since Summer Solstice: ~6hours and 22mins
2.9 Days After Last Quarter
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(A comparison of the extension of older sea ice in the Arctic in September 1984 and September 2016.
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory)
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"Forest managers have never seen anything like it. Across California, an astounding 102 million trees have died over the past six years from drought and disease — including 62 million trees in 2016 alone, the US Forest Service estimates. Once-mighty oaks and pines have faded into ghastly hues of brown and gray. The biggest worry is that these dead, dry forests will become highly combustible when California’s annual fire season rolls around next summer. The south and central Sierra Nevada regions, where most of the dead trees are located, are at particular risk of severe wildfiresSo how did we get to this point? And what can be done? “When you’re talking about tree mortality, it’s a whole bunch of things linked together,” says David Rizzo, chair of the plant pathology department at the University of California Davis. “The current drought is important, but you also have to look at land-use and management decisions that go back a long time.”"
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(US Forest Service)
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