21 F. high Monday at MSP International Airport.
26 F. average high on December 19.
28 F. high on December 19, 2015.
December 20, 1989: Minnesotans are hard pressed to find snow cover across most of the state. Only good places to cross country ski are at Grand Marais and along the Gunflint Trail.
I'm having a rare "where am I living?" moment. It'll pass. -20F Sunday. One week later the atmosphere could be warm enough for heavy rain. Bizarre weather swings.
- The November temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.31°F above the 20th century average of 55.2°F. This was the fifth highest for November in the 1880–2016 record, 0.41°F cooler than the record warmth of November 2015 when El Niño conditions were strong.
- The November globally averaged land surface temperature was 1.71°F above the 20th century average of 42.6°F. This value was the 12th highest November land global temperature in the 1880–2016 record....
Image credit: "Google Earth's time-lapse videos show see how the planet's surface has changed over time — like the evaporation of the Aral Sea (above)." YouTube/Screenshot by NPR
It's Energy Storage's Time to Shine. Here's an excerpt from a story at Fox Business: "...The inconvenient truth is that until recently, energy storage didn't have any financial justification. The idea of value was there, but there was no actual value to create. Rooftop solar power systems create energy and can offset demand from other sources. The best energy storage systems can do is move demand from one hour of the day to another, but doing that was so expensive, it didn't make financial sense. What's changed recently is that utilities are starting to put rate structures in place that will make energy storage more economically viable. Ironically, their moves -- designed to reduce the appeal of solar -- are providing the impetus for innovation in theenergy storage industry..."
Photo credit: CC/Flickr/Minnesota Solar Challenge. "The solar installation in Slayton, Minnesota — the state’s largest, with a capacity of 2 megawatts — was brought online in 2013."
Madison To Vote on Proposal for 100 Percent Renewable Energy Use. Here's the intro to a story at madison.com: "The Sustainable Madison Committee will vote Monday on proposals to adopt renewable energy goals for the city. Two proposals created by the committee call on the city to reduce carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions by investing in and utilizing renewable energy. The end goal of both proposals is 100 percent renewable energy use among city agencies..." (Image: Energy.gov).
TODAY: Partly sunny and milder. Winds: W 10-20. High: 35
TUESDAY NIGHT: Clouds increase. Low: 23
WEDNESDAY: More clouds, flurries possible. Winds: W 8-13. High: 35
THURSDAY: Intervals of sun, still above average. Winds: SW 8-13. Wake-up: 21. High: 34
FRIDAY: More clouds than sun, balmy. Winds: S 10-15. Wake-up: 23. High: 38
CHRISTMAS EVE: Dry sky, first white Christmas in 3 years. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 22. High: 32
CHRISTMAS DAY: Sloppy mix changes to heavy rain. Winds: SE 15-25. Wake-up: 28. High: 45
MONDAY: High winds, lingering flurries. Winds: NW 20-35+ Wake-up: 22. High: 25 (falling rapidly)
Map credit: The Real Deal has a high-resolution version of the map showing condominiums at greatest risk in the Miami area.
Howe says people's beliefs about climate change are driven by many factors, but a new study in which he participated suggests weather events in your own backyard may be an important influence.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-12-lows-global-scientist.html#jCp
2015 was a headline grabbing year for extreme weather events. Massive floods, extreme drought and low snowpack were seen around the globe. In Alaska, wildfires scorched over 5 million acres of land. Now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is taking a closer look and trying to figure out what caused them. James Partain, a NOAA climatologist, said he can’t go anywhere without someone asking about climate change. His dentist, passengers on airline flights — he says they all want to know what’s triggering these unusual weather events around the state?..."
Photo credit: "Flames from the Funny River Wildfire flare up on May 24, 2016 in Soldotna, Alaska. The wildfire started unusually early in the season and burned nearly 200,000 acres on the Kenai Peninsula."(Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion).
Photo credit: "Gunstock ski area in Gilford, New Hampshire. Some ski resort execs in New England are seeking more reliable snowfall further north." Jim Cole / AP.
Graphic credit: "Global average surface temperature, 1979-2016."