39 F. average high on November 16. You remember average, right?
51 F. high on November 16, 2015.
November 17, 1996: Six inches of snow falls in Douglas, Pope, and Stevens Counties.
November 17, 1835: A strange night is observed at Ft. Snelling. Northern lights are seen over prairie fires.
Friday Slush for MSP - Blizzard Watch Out West
Yesterday the FedEx guy showed up in shorts and a short-sleeve shirt. "Can you believe this weather, Paul?" he asked, beaming from ear to ear. I expect muffled applause to die down by Friday, as the first big winter storm of the season rolls across the state.
With a rapidly intensifying storm tracking directly over MSP I don't expect heavy snow in the immediate metro, but much of northern and western Minnesota should see a plowable accumulation, whipped into towering drifts by 45 mph wind gusts. Blizzard Watches are posted for western Minnesota, where travel conditions could range from treacherous to impassable by Friday afternoon.
Roads will be increasingly slushy and icy the farther north and west you travel from MSP on Friday.
Coming after the warmest start to November on record it will feel like a cold slap across the face.
Skies clear Saturday with weekend highs in the 30s. Models suggest a light mix Tuesday night, again Friday, but no major storms to complicate travel plans.
The first freeze at MSP comes Saturday, a 221-day frost-free growing season in 2016. Wow.
DOUGLAS-STEVENS-POPE-LAC QUI PARLE-SWIFT-CHIPPEWA-YELLOW MEDICINE- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ALEXANDRIA...MORRIS...GLENWOOD... MADISON...BENSON...MONTEVIDEO...GRANITE FALLS 307 PM CST WED NOV 16 2016 ...BLIZZARD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING... A BLIZZARD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING. * BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING. * WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 60 MPH COULD CAUSE WHITEOUT CONDITIONS IN BLOWING SNOW. SIGNIFICANT DRIFTING OF THE SNOW IS LIKELY. * TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 9 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE...BUT SNOW DRIFTS COULD EXCEED TWO TO THREE FEET IN OPEN COUNTRY. * TRAVEL COULD BE VERY DIFFICULT TO IMPOSSIBLE...INCLUDING DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE ON FRIDAY.
Windblown Friday. Internal models show winds gusting over 40 mph across much of western Minnesota Friday, capable of producing white-out conditions from Marshall and Windom to Alexandria and Wadena. Source: AerisWeather AMP.
Peak Gusts. Here are a few of the towns that may experience blizzard conditions by Friday. A blizzard is defined as 35 mph winds (sustained) for at least 3 consecutive hours, capable of producing low visibility, under 1/4 mile. We could easily have those conditions over much of western and northern Minnesota Friday.
GFS Loop. Here's NOAA's GFS solution, suggesting a plowable snowfall across far western, central and northern Minnesota. The central Rockies and Dakotas will also pick up enough snow to get snow lovers excited. Animation: AerisWeather.
Graphic credit: "The year-to-date temperature anomaly (through September) using the 1891-1910 baseline."
Image credit: "Plumes of smoke from wildfires burning in the southern Appalachians are seen in this broad view of nearly half of the United States acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite on November 12, 2016. The smoke plumes are roughly dead center in the image, almost straight north from Florida. Click on the image and then click again for extreme closeup views." (Source: NASA Worldview).
A Heartbreaking Hurricane. Hurricane Katrina is linked to heart attacks many years after the storm, according to an analysis at Nexus Media: "...Irimpen and his colleagues also found that patients were significantly more likely to have other risk factors for heart attack post-Katrina than before the hurricane, including coronary artery disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. They were also more likely to be smokers. The researchers found that these patients were more than twice as likely to abuse drugs, or suffer from a psychiatric disease as their pre-Katrina counterparts. Moreover, unemployment and lack of health insurance were significantly more frequent among the post-Katrina patients, he says. Post-Katrina patients also were more likely to receive prescriptions for medications to treat heart disease, cholesterol and hypertension, but were only half as likely to take them compared to the pre-Katrina group, he says..." (Image credit: "New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina". Source: United States Navy)
Will Rising Sea Levels Sink Property Values? Here's an excerpt from Yahoo! Finance: "...But many people don’t realize that investing in waterfront property now may lose them money, in much the same way as splurging on an expensive car would: depreciation. The reason? Rising sea levels are eroding the long-term value of such properties. “Once impacts become noticeable, they’re going to be upon you quickly,” William V. Sweet, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring, Maryland, told The New York Times. “It’s not a hundred years off — it’s now.” Sea levels are rising, according to scientists, due to global warming, as rising atmospheric and ocean temperatures melt polar ice caps and glaciers. Even skeptics of the phenomenon may find it difficult to argue with the “sharp jump in this nuisance flooding,” currently impacting the East Coast and Gulf Coast. Expect more flooding in those areas and the West Coast, too, according to The Times report..."
The History of Weather Satellites. AccuWeather has an interesting post - yes, we've come a long way, and GOES-R marks the next big evolutionary leap: "The science of weather forecasting has come a long way over the past 100 years, but one of the biggest leaps forward occurred once information from weather satellites was readily available. Weather satellites have had such a huge impact on weather forecasting that some divide the history of meteorology into two categories: pre-satellite era and post-satellite era. Weather satellites provide invaluable data to meteorologists all around the world, not only by sending forecasters images of weather systems but also by supplying weather models with remote observations in places where observations cannot be taken at the Earth's surface..."
Image credit: "The first photo of Earth from a weather satellite, taken by TIROS-1." (Photo/NASA)
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Job creation is a key part of bolstering that capital. Just over 600,000 Americans are employed in industries related to alternative energy1 — not including the 1.9 million employed in the energy efficiency industry, which is aimed at reducing the amount of energy people have to use for services like transportation, or home heating and cooling. The solar and wind industries account for about 61 percent of those jobs. There are far more people employed in all the industries related to fossil fuels, 3.6 million in the U.S. in total. But 600,000 jobs is a big deal to the American economy..."
A Brief History of the Cheese Curl, Junk Food's Happiest Accident. Atlas Obscura has an article that will make you hungry, for orange-colored food - here's a clip: "They change the color of our skin. They get stuck in our teeth. But for some reason, we can’t stop eating cheese curls, the puffiest snack food ever created. But these corn-and-powder snacks didn’t just fall like manna from the sky into our bowls, always there for us ahead of our Bojack Horseman marathon. The story of the cheese curl is one of the more unusual creation stories in snack-food history, starting, of course, in Wisconsin, an agricultural hub that has given us a lot of food innovations over the years.."
TODAY: Mostly cloudy skies. Winds: NE 7-12. High: 55
THURSDAY NIGHT: Cloudy, chance of a little rain or drizzle. Low: 46
FRIDAY: Winter Storm Watch. Rain changes to snow. Blizzard conditions western MN. 2-4" possible St. Cloud area; much more west of STC. Winds: NW 20-40. High: 43, falling rapidly
SATURDAY: Slow clearing, cold wind. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 29. High: 36
SUNDAY: Partly sunny with less wind. Winds: SE 8-13. Wake-up: 23. High: 38
MONDAY: Mix of clouds and sun, quiet weather. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 26. High: 43
TUESDAY: Light rain or mix arrives late. Winds: SE 7-12. Wake-up: 33. High: 42
WEDNESDAY: Damp start, then gradual clearing. Winds: W 5-10. Wake-up: 32. High: 43
DC Prepares For Heat Emergencies To Nearly Double by 2020, Among Other Climate Change Effects. Here's a clip from DCist: "...D.C. currently experiences around 11 heat emergency days per year, which could almost double to 20 days by 2020 and spike up to 75 days by 2080, according to the report. Washingtonians should also expect much warmer average temperatures; longer, hotter, and more frequent heat waves; and more frequent and intense heavy rain and flooding. The city has already begun to see record-breaking heat waves and snowstorms as well as flooding caused by rising sea levels and high rainfall. Climate Ready DC, the city's readiness plan, looks at current weather patterns and predicts how they will change by 2080. The report, which was developed by consulting with experts inside and outside of District government, then outlines the city's strategies to adapt..." Photo credit: SweetJen34
Graphic credit: " CSIRO/Bureau of Meteorology, Author provided.