"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."
See more from Newsroom.AAA.com HERE:
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's an interesting visible satellite loop from PM Monday, which showed the fresh snow from the storm system late last week across Minnesota. You can see the snow (stationary) vs clouds (moving) pretty clearly in the loop below. Note that the clouds moving in PM Monday were from the same storm system that brought us wintry precipitation and accumulating snow on Tuesday!
"Silently, like thoughts that come and go, the snowflakes fall, each one a gem" wrote William Hamilton Gibson. Snow would be even nicer if we could somehow keep it off the roads.
An estimated 70 percent of America's roads are located in snowy areas. And 70 percent of accidental deaths that occur in the wintertime take place in automobiles.
According to SafeWinterRoads.org over 1,300 people are killed, another 117,000 injured in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy or icy pavement, annually. 24 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement. Front-wheel and AWD helps to lower the risk but people still drive too fast for the conditions.
Be careful out there; a few inches of slush falls before snow tapers to flurries. A burst of flurries arrives late in late on Thanksgiving but I don't see any travel hassles Friday into much of Sunday.
For the next storm temperatures aloft may be mild enough for rain from Sunday night into Monday, ending as slush Tuesday.
I still see a cold start to December, and odds favor more snow and cold than last winter.
1983: Heavy snowfall accumulates over most of central Minnesota with snowfall totals from 4 inches to almost 1 foot. Minneapolis received 11.4 inches of snow, while Farmington had 11 inches.
1954: Very strong winds over Minnesota lead to considerable damage in downtown Wadena.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average Low: 22F (Record: -6F set in 1898)
*Daylight Lost Since Summer Solstice: ~6hours and 20mins
2.9 Days After Last Quarter
___________________________________________________________________________"In Barrow, Alaska, the Sun Just Set for the Final Time"
"The northernmost city in the U.S. is changing its name."
"On Friday, November 18th, the sun set for the final time in Barrow, Alaska, as the city plunges into polar darkness for the next two months and, in December, formally changes its name to Utqiaġvik, according to Alaska Dispatch News. The next dawn in Utqiaġvik will be January 22, 2017, the first sunlight under its new name, an Inupiaq word that the wider area of Barrow has long gone by. The city of around 4,300 was incorporated in 1958 and originally took its name from nearby Point Barrow, named by a Royal Navy officer in 1825. The city is the northernmost in the U.S. and each year spends a couple of months in darkness, owing to its position hundreds of miles north of the Arctic Circle, and about 2,000 miles northwest of Seattle. Residents recently voted to permanently change the town’s name to honor indigenous peoples and the area’s roots."
See more from AtlasObscura.com HERE:
(Barrow, Alaska in darkness on Monday. UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA-FAIRBANKS)
(Photo : Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
"Brazil farmers are experiencing their fastest soybean planting season in history because of favorable weather. But this also means that the country’s second corn crop, planted in the winter right after soybeans are harvested in the center-western part of the country, may well be huge and create pressure for the corn market until the middle of 2017. In recent weeks, INTL FCStone warned observers that soybean planting already reached 30% of expected area, while the usual time to reach this percentage was by the second week of November — a clear indication to make room to plant more corn in the second corn crop in the ideal window for the winter. As of Monday, according to the latest national estimate made by AgRural, soybean planting has reached 73% of the area with a delay in southern states, where corn is just harvested in the summer."
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___________________________________________________________________________"NASA plans to set fires in space"
"The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is collecting data on fire safety by setting fires in space. In their second round of experiments, NASA is igniting nine different samples aboard their spacecraft, the Cygnus cargo vehicle, as it orbits Earth. The samples include a cotton-fiberglass blend called Nomex, which is the same acrylic glass used for spacecraft windows. The experiment, called Saffire-II, launched in October 2016 and NASA says the mission will help “develop deep space habitation capabilities,” as well as “validate important habitation-related systems and operations in low-Earth orbit.” Saffire-II is the second of a three-part experiment and aims to build on the data collected during the previous fire safety experiment, Saffire-I. NASA partnered with the European Space agency and began igniting test samples on Monday around 7:15 pm Eastern Time. Saffire-I investigated “large-scale flame spread and material flammability limits in long duration microgravity,” according to NASA’s website. Before this experiment, the largest fire experiment ever conducted in space was about the size of an index card."
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"This photo provided by United Launch Alliance shows a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying GOES-R spacecraft for NASA and NOAA lifting off from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:42 p.m. EST at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. The most advanced weather satellite ever built rocketed into space Saturday night, part of an $11 billion effort to revolutionize forecasting and save lives. (United Launch Alliance via AP)"