42 F. average high on November 11.
51 F. high on November 11, 2015.
November 12, 2000: A winter storm system produces a narrow band of heavy snow across extreme western Minnesota. Winds toward the end of the event were clocked between 15 and 25 mph, resulting in blowing snow leading to visibilities of 1 to 1.5 miles. Some snow totals included: Canby (Yellow Medicine County) with 6.5 inches, Madison (Lac Qui Parle County) with 6.0 inches.
November 12, 1940: Record low highs are set in west central Minnesota. Alexandria records a high of 8 degrees Fahrenheit, Springfield and Willmar have highs of 10 degrees, and St. Cloud and Minneapolis have highs of 11 degrees.
November 12, 1933: A dust storm hits southwest Minnesota, while a blizzard rages in the northwest part of the state.
Very Poor Ice Fishing Conditions - More 60s Brewing
Remember Walter Matthau in the movie "Grumpy Old Men"? He and his buddies were ice fishing in Minnesota around Thanksgiving. When's the last time THAT happened? At the rate we're going there may be open water into mid-December.
2016 has seen an 8-month boating season in Minnesota; from late March into mid-November. "May you live in interesting times" the Chinese proverb goes. And I don't think that's a compliment.
According to Dr. Mark Seeley November warmth has been record-setting, with 36 daily record highs so far. "This is nearly 14F above normal and surpasses the other warm first 10 days of November which occurred in 1975, 2001, and 2015" Seeley wrote. Amazing.
A mild La Nina cool phase in the Pacific may favor a colder, snowier winter, when it finally arrives, but a warm bias lingers. We should top 60F Sunday; again Thursday and Friday of next week. The arrival of a major, full-latitude trough sparks gusty showers next Friday, ending as flurries one week from today.
For MSP the first sub-freezing low will come November 20. That's a whopping 43 days later than average.
Warmest First 10 Days of November. So says Dr. Mark Seeley in this week's installment of Minnesota WeatherTalk: "The remarkable warmth so far this month is record-setting. For example in the Twin Cities, the average temperature for the first ten days of November is 53.7. This is nearly 14F above normal and surpasses the other warm first ten days of November which occurred in 1975, 2001, and 2015. This pattern is holding true at a number of locations around the state, including International Falls where the first ten days of November are average close to 46F also about 14F above normal. This too surpasses the other warmest Novembers of 1964, 1975, and 2015. So far this month 32 daily high temperature records have been set within the Minnesota Cooperative Weather Observer Network across the state, including a remarkable reading of 78F at Mora..."
Map credit: U.S. Drought Monitor.
- Drought: The total area of drought increased from 19.4 percent to 26.8 percent of the Lower 48, mainly from expansion in the South and Southeast.
- Hurricane Matthew, a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph, made landfall in South Carolina on October 8, causing widespread flooding in the region.
- New Mexico experienced record warmth in October, with an average temperature increase of 5.8 degrees.
- Alaska had its driest October on record.
- Pacific Northwest: Idaho, Montana and Washington each had their wettest October on record, while Oregon experienced its second wettest..."
Image credit: "Annual average vehicle crash statistics." Data from U.S. DOT.
GOES-R Mission. Here's a good explainer of what the next generation of U.S. weather satellites will be able to achieve, courtesy of NOAA NESDIS: "The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R) is NOAA’s next generation of geostationary weather satellites. The first satellite in the series, GOES-R, is scheduled for launch on November 16, 2016 at approximately 4:42pm Eastern. Once the satellite reaches geostationary orbit, it will be known as GOES-16. There will be four satellites in the series: GOES-R, GOES-S, GOES-T and GOES-U. GOES-R will provide continuous imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s Western Hemisphere, total lightning data, and space weather monitoring to provide critical atmospheric, hydrologic, oceanic, climatic, solar and space data..."
Solar Power Proponents Hopeful Trump Sees Benefit of Growing Industry. Here's an excerpt from the Los Angeles Times: "...As part of his larger economic agenda, Trump has proposed lifting environmental regulations, tapping coal and nuclear power, and opening federal lands to oil and natural gas production. But despite his campaign rhetoric, experts and industry players say, Trump’s energy policies as president will bump into market realities. The challenge Trump faces is that increasingly the economics in the energy sector favor renewable technologies such as solar and wind, which are reducing costs quickly. Increased fracking has produced natural gas at prices that are cheaper than coal. And a worldwide oil glut has reduced petroleum profits to the point where reducing regulation and opening federal lands to drilling is unlikely to bring a drilling boom..."
Photo credit: "A large-scale solar panel project sits atop warehouses No. 9 and 10 at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, which have been converted into retail space for shops and a microbrewery." (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times).
File image: NASA.
Image Of The Day. I came across this image on Twitter, showing Miami and the Bahamas from the vantagepoint of the International Space Station, courtesy of NASA. Spectacular.
The Joys of Pumpkin Spice. It's been an interesting week, and nothing calms the nerves like pumpkin spice...and talking guinea pigs. Thanks to HLN, FLUFF and YouTube. I predict you're going to like this clip.
TODAY: Sunny, winds increase. Winds: SW 15-25. High: 56
SATURDAY NIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy. Low: 39
SUNDAY: Hello September! Intervals of sunshine. Winds: SW 10-15. High: 62
MONDAY: Bright sun, a bit cooler. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 43. High: 55
TUESDAY: More clouds, stray sprinkle. Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: 41. High: 56
WEDNESDAY: Sunny and pleasant. Winds: E 5-10. Wake-up: 39. High: near 60
THURSDAY: Windy and warm, clouds increase. Winds: S 10-20. Wake-up: 48. High: 68
FRIDAY: Showery, mild start, then colder. Winds: NW 15-30. Wake-up: 56. High: 61, then falling sharply.
In this free evening conversation, you’ll learn:
- 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.
- Tips to help your family and those around you care for the earth..."
Map credit: "Results of studies on attribution of extreme events to anthropogenic climate change." (Sources: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society and various other publications)