Half a November
It's a little odd shivering through the chill without any snow on the ground. Perpetually-frustrated snow lovers are starting to feel cheated again.
A paltry inch of wet snow has dribbled on the Twin Cities this month. We should have picked up over 7 inches by now. Adding insult to injury much of north Texas and the hills of Georgia have picked up more snow than MSP this month.
Another upside-down weather map.
If you listen carefully you can almost hear the gnashing of teeth and shrieks of frustration from travelers out east. A coastal storm soaks D.C., New York & Boston with 2-3 inches of rain; heavy snow cakes the Appalachians on the busiest travel day of the year. Proving that Old Man Winter has a wicked sense of humor.
A scrawny clipper brushes the Arrowhead with 1 inch of snow today; otherwise plan on dry skies (and roads) into the weekend with slowly moderating temperatures. Mid 30s return the first half of next week with a little snow or mixed precipitation.
I still don't see The Big One.
Temperature may fall off a cliff in 8 days: single digits & low teens with subzero lows after December 4? But major storms detour well south and east of Minnesota into mid-December.
* The most ill-timed storm of 2013 is pushing heavy rain and snow up east coast; heavy rain still likely for eastern seaboard - plowable snows for the Appalachians, Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley. Heaviest snows expected over western Pennsylvania and upstate New York.
* 2-4" rains along and east of I-95 later today, tonight and Wednesday morning will trigger sporadic urban flooding.
* Travel by land and air will continue to be disrupted; the worst of the storm along the I-95 corridor from Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning.
* Storm pushes into the Atlantic by Thanksgiving Day - no problems on Thursday.
* Typhoon Lehar forecast to strike the eastern coastline of India (Andhra Pradesh region) as a strong tropical storm or weak hurricane Thursday.
Summary: A major storm is now pushing out of the Gulf of Mexico, tracking right up the East Coast Wednesday. This will be a (heavy) rain event for most of the east coast, with heavy, wet snow over the Appalachians, some accumulating snow as far west as Lexington, Kentucky and Columbus, Ohio. The arc of heaviest snow tracks from western Pennsylvania into upstate New York, with some 10-18" amounts possible near Syracuse and Rochester. For the major east coast city centers this will be a heavy rain event, and travel plans/commutes will be disrupted over the next 36 hours. Lousy timing, but I'm reminded of this uncanny fact: storms (given a choice) prefer to come right before major holidays.
Paul Douglas - Senior Meteorologist - Alerts Broadcaster
Graphic credit above: "Map of 2013 tropical storm and hurricane tracks." Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
The lower death toll from this week’s storms was not inevitable; it is the result of a half-century of scientific discovery and technological development: Doppler radar, weather satellites, lightning detection networks and smartphone apps. It is a result of volunteer storm chasers instantly reporting the most violent tornado (the Washington, Ill., storm) when it first touched down near Pekin.File photo above: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast.
No other nation enjoys the quality and breadth of meteorological services available in the United States. It is an area in which federal dollars are put to valuable use and leveraged through the efforts of private-sector weather companies such as AccuWeather, and by meteorologists and emergency managers.
21 F. high in St. Cloud Tuesday (afternoon maximum).
33 F. average high on November 26.
19 F. high on November 26, 2012.
Trace of snow fell at St. Cloud yesterday.
Minnesota Weather History on November 26 (courtesy of MPX National Weather Service):
2005: In the early morning a home in Mower County was hit by lightning and burned to the ground, but no one was injured.
1994: A low pressure system had developed into the first Winter storm for Minnesota. By the early morning hours of the 28th, a swath of snow in excess of 6 inches had blanketed much of southwest through central into northeast Minnesota. Snowfalls of 6 inches or more occurred south of a line from Gunflint Lake in Cook county to near Ortonville in Big Stone county and along and north of a line from near Blue Earth in Faribault county to Red Wing in Goodhue county. The snow closed the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for a short time on the 27th, and contributed to hundreds of accidents and at least three fatalities. In addition, the build-up of ice and snow in combination with strong winds resulted in numerous downed power lines in southeast Minnesota.
1985: Cold hits northern Minnesota. 30 below zero at Crookston.
1971: Heavy snows in the Southwest. Redwood Falls gets a foot.
TODAY: Sunny start - clouds increase PM hours. Light snow north of Duluth. Winds: S 3-8. High: 22
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Patchy clouds, dry roads. Low: 12
THANKSGIVING: Some sun. Eat until you drop. High: 26
FRIDAY: Intervals of sun. Good weather for power-shopping. Wake-up: 10. High: near 30
SATURDAY: Plenty of sun, welcome thaw. Wake-up: 20. High: 33
SUNDAY: Fading sun. No travel headaches getting home. Wake-up: 18. High: 32
MONDAY: Chance of wet snow PM hours. Wake-up: 24. High: 31
TUESDAY: Light wintry mix, much colder late? Wake-up: 26. High: 33
* Highs may hold in single digits or teens the latter half of next week.
On Campuses, A Fossil Fuels Divestment Movement. The Washington Post has the story - here's the introduction: "A divestment movement is marching across U.S. college campuses, borrowing tactics from the 1980s anti-apartheid campaign and using them against oil, gas and coal companies to fight climate change. Students are teaming with investment advisers to convince universities, pension funds and institutional investors that they can take a stand against fossil-fuel companies without hurting their returns. “We have a government that has been taken over by the fossil-fuel industry, so we’re going to pressure the fossil-fuel industry itself,” said Chloe Maxmin, a junior leading Divest Harvard..." (Image: Clean Technica).
Photo credit above: Reuter. "A wall built to protect people from rising tides in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati."