Making Ice!!
 
That's music to ice anglers and outdoor hockey players ears! The recent blast of cold weather has dropped the temperature to below freezing in the Twin Cities since 9:30pm Monday! The temperature also dropped to 8F at 7AM and 8AM Thursday, which was the coldest overnight low we've seen since March 10th, when we the mercury dropped to 5F at the MSP Airport. It appears that temperatures will continue to stay below freezing until Sunday, when we briefly warm to the mid 30s during the day and perhaps to the freezing mark (32F) on Monday. However, the extended forecast suggets high temps only reaching the 10s and 20s through Christmas! Thanks to @erniesongull  for the picture below, which shows ice now starting to form on Gull Lake in the Brainerd lakes area!
 
Ice Safety!!
 
Before you go testing the ice on area lakes and ponds, remember that "ICE IS NEVER 100% SAFE!" So when is ice safe? Here is an excerpt from the MN DNR regarding ice safety: 
 
"There really is no sure answer. You can't judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, temperature, or whether or not the ice is covered with snow. Strength is based on all these factors -- plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, water chemistry and currents, the distribution of the load on the ice, and local climatic conditions."
 
 
General Ice Thickness Guidelines
 
Here are some general ice thickness guidelines from the MN DNR:
 
For new, clear ice ONLY:

Under 4" - STAY OFF
4" - Ice fishing or other activities on foot
5" - 7" - Snowmobile or ATV
8" - 12" - Car or small pickup
12" - 15" - Medium truck

Many factors other than thickness can cause ice to be unsafe.
White ice or "snow ice" is only about half as strong as new clear ice. Double the above thickness guidelines when traveling on white ice.

See more from the MN DNR HERE:

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"This video of ice rippling across a Minnesota lake is mesmerizing"
 
"After completely freezing over the week before, one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes began to thaw. The wind picked up and created waves on the newly-melted surface which rippled across the lake, breaking up the remaining ice. The result was this mesmerizing scene on Forest Lake, northeast of Minneapolis, captured late last month. Ice will melt in areas that get sunlight first. The light heats the ground and melts the ice. Areas in the shade don’t get any sun, so they’re more likely to stay frozen when the air temperature is hovering just above 32 degrees. When the disparity happens on a lake, the melted side will get choppy in the wind — as lakes do — and eventually the force of the waves (rather than the sun) will break up whatever ice is left over."
 
 
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Weather Outlook Ahead

A fast moving clipper will scoot through the region today with a little light snow coating across the eastern portions of Minnesota and into Wisconsin. It doesn't look like much, but some locations in the Arrowhead could see 1" to 2" through Friday.

 
Snowfall Potential
 
Here's the snowfall potential through Saturday, which shows a light coating of snow possible across the eastern portions of Minnesota as our next clipper scoots through the region on Friday. There maybe only up to 1" across parts of the Metro, while some locations in the Arrowhead could see 1" to 2". However, areas in northern Wisconsin could see a few inches of snow!
 

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Temperature Anomaly on Thursday
 
The image below shows the temperature anomaly across North America from Thursday. Note the cooler blues across much of the eastern two-thirds of the Lower 48, which indicate cooler than average temperatures. Also note the intense reds across western Canada and into Alaska, where warmer than average temperatures are located.
 
 
High Amplitude Weather Pattern
 
The image below describes why weather conditions are so different from one side of the nation to the other. This high amplitude weather pattern shows a massive ridge of high pressure in the Western US, which is bringing much above average temperatures to areas there, while a large trough of low pressure is present for much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation keeping temperatures cooler than average there.
 
Cold Air Continues Acorss the Eastern Half of the Country
 
The 850mb temp anomaly loop below shows the MUCH cooler air mass continuing to move through the Eastern US through the rest of the week and early weekend. However, there appears to be a quick blurb of warmer than average temperatures across the Plains late weekend and early next week before another surge of colder air surges into the Lower 48 next week. Thanks to the high amplitude weather pattern, our weather looks to remain fairly similar into the the middle and end of December. Warm and quiet weather will continue in the Western US, while cold and somewhat active weather continues in the Eastern half of the country.
 
 

High Temps Friday

High temperatures on Friday will still be VERY chilly across the eastern half of the country and especially in the Southern US, where readings will be nearly 20F below average! Interestingly, it could be cold  enough there for some wintry precipitation and even some slushy snow accumulations.

 
Weather Outlook Ahead
 
Cold air has pushed in across much of the Eastern half of the country in the wake of an Arctic front that blasted through earlier this week. This has set the stage for areas of wintry precipitation across the Southern US, including the Gulf Coast States through the end of the week and into the early weekend.
 
 
5 Day Precipitation Outlook

According to NOAA's WPC, the 5 day precipitation outlook suggests areas of heavier precipitation moving through the extreme southern part of the country through the Southeast and into the eastern portions of the Carolinas. A few areas here could see as much as 1" to 3" of liquid, some of which could turn into slushy snow accumulations!

Snowfall Potential Ahead
 
The recent plunge of cold air across much of the Eastern two-thrids of the nation has set the stage for what could be very early surge of wintry precipitation across the Deep South through the end of the week and early weekend ahead. Note the snowfall potential continuing across parts of Texas and Mexico, while areas of snow look to develop across the Gulf Coast States on Friday and Saturday! Meanwhile, heavy snow looks to continue across the Great Lakes region as another clipper rolls in front Canada and reinforces the cold air, which will help to produce more lake effect snow. Parts of the Northeast could also see areas of heavy snow over the next 5 days. Remarkably, the Western US looks to stay VERY quiet with very little to no snowfall there through the middle of the month.
 
 
 Heavy Lake Effect Snow Potential
 
The National Weather Service has issued a number of winter weather headlines across the Great Lakes as lake effect snow develops through the end of the week. Some spots could see up to 1ft. to 2ft., especially downwind of the Eastern Great Lakes.
 
 
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Snow in Texas!!
 
Thanks to @TPWDparks for the picture below from Davis Mountain.
 
 
Here's another snowy picture from @BigBendNPS in far west texas where snow was flying on Thursday!
 
 
Snow tallies across parts of southeastern New Mexico and far western Texas ranged from a trace to as much as 5"+ through Thursday. 
 
 
Rare Southern Winter Weather Headlines
 
Well how about this! A number of National Weather Service offices have issued winter weather headlines through the end of the week and into the early weekend for rare and early wintry precipitation. When was the last time you've seen winter storm warnings for parts of Southern Texas?
 
 
Rare Southern Snowfall
 
Here's the potential snowfall across the Southern US, which could add up to some slushy accumulations from the southern tip of Texas to the Gulf Coast States. Pretty strange to see that, huh? Some locations could see as much as 1" to 3" or more through the early weekend.
 
 
Days Since Last Winter Storm Warning
 
Here's an interesting graphic. It shows us how many days it's been since there was a winter storm warning issued by a weather serivce office. Note that it had been 1,412 days (until Thursday) since the National Weather Service office in Corpus Christie, TX had issued a Winter Storm Warning. They issued the warning Thursday - AM Friday for the potential of 1" to 2" with isolated higher amounts possible!
 
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National Average Annual Snowfall
 
Ever wondered what the average annual snowfall is for other locations around the country? Here's an image from NOAA that shows where some of the heaviest snowfall typically falls each year.
 
 
"Southern California’s fire situation is worsening as ‘epic’ winds rage"
 
"Hellacious wildfires have charred tens of thousands of acres in Southern California, destroying hundreds of homes and forcing thousands of evacuations. But a new round of raging winds commenced Wednesday night, which is expected to exacerbate this disaster through Thursday. This latest round of winds is proving to be as intense as the first, which produced gusts up to 80 mph Monday night into Tuesday when the fires first exploded. Boney Mountain in the Santa Monica mountains (Ventura County) clocked a gust to 85 mph Wednesday night as the second round began." Such winds can spread fires at astronomical rates. When the first round of winds fanned the Thomas Fire, which has now scorched 90,000 acres, the blaze engulfed the region from the mountains around Santa Paula, Calif., to near Ventura and Ojai in just 24 hours. “It’s an incredible rate of spread that I don’t think we’ve ever seen,” said David Sweet, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office serving Los Angeles."
 
 
 
"Here's why Southern California is burning, and it may get worse before it gets better"
 
"This year is proving to be California's worst wildfire season on record. In October, more than 40 were killed and at least 10,000 homes lost when fires tore through Sonoma and Napa Counties, devastating the community of Santa Rosa, in particular. Known as "El Diablo" winds in this area, the offshore airflow was instrumental in propelling the wildfires faster than people could get out of the way, let alone allow firefighters to squelch the flames. Santa Ana winds result from a particular weather pattern featuring a high pressure area anchored over the Great Basin, and a low pressure area southwest of California, over the Pacific Ocean. The air pressure contrast between these two systems results in a funneling of air from east to west. As the air descends from the higher elevations toward the coast, it warms and dries, leading to extremely low humidity. These background conditions set the scene for a major fire, provided there's a spark. This year, there's been added fire risk from repeated heat waves that have sent temperatures soaring into the triple-digits as late as October, further drying out vegetation that is now serving as fuel for the fires."
 
 
 
--Explosive California Wildfires Continue--

Praedictix Briefing: Thursday, December 7th, 2017

  • A State of Emergency remains in effect due to dangeous and rapidly growing wildfires in Southern California.
  • Several ongoing wildfires have already burned more than 100,000 acres since Monday.
  • At least 200,000 people have been evacuated across the region.
  • The Thomas Fire in Ventura county has consumed nearly 90,000 acres and is only 5% contained. As of Wednesday night, at least 150 structures have burned, 50 have been damaged and 12,000 are threatened. According to the Los Angeles Times, 50,000 people have been evacuated. Mandatory evacuations remain in place today with evacuation zones increasing; here is the evacuation map. More than 1,700 people are battling the fire.
  • The Creek Fire in Los Angeles County near Sylmar has consumed more than 12,000 acres and is only 5% contained. This fire has destroyed at least 30 structures, 2,500 are threatened and 2 firefighters have been injured. Nearly 150,000 people have been evacuated and Mandatory evacuations remain in place today; here is the evacuation map. Nearly 1,700 people are battling the fire.
  • The Rye Fire in Los Angeles County near Santa Clarita has consumed nearly 7,000 acres and was only 10% contained. 1,300 people in Westridge have been evacuated and nearly 5,500 structures are threatened. Nearly 1,000 people are battling the fire. Incident update from CalFire HERE:
  • The Skirball Fire in Los Angeles County near Bel-Air, Skirball Center and Getty Center in the Sepulveda Pass has consumed 475 acres and is only 5% contained. The 405 Freeway has re-opened in both directions, but some offramps remain blocked. 4 to 6 homes have been destroyed and 11 have been damaged. Mandatory evacuations remain in place for people living in the area; here is the evacuation map.
  • EXTREME and CRITICAL fire weather concerns are in place as the strongest Santa Ana Wind event of the season continues through the end of the week. This remains a rapidly changing situation and additional evacuations are likely as the fires continue to spread.

Credit: CAL FIRE

Numerous Wildfires in the LA area. A multitude of active wildfires continue in the Los Angeles area with the most notable fires being the Thomas Fire, which erupted Monday evening and has exploded to 90,000 acres. The Creek Fire is now at 12,000 acres, the Rye Fire is up to 7,000 acres, and the new Skirball Fire near Bel-Air is up to 475 acres. A detailed, interactive map can be found HERE. Very strong Santa Ana winds and low humidity has allowed for explosive growth of the fires, which have been spreading rapidly. The ferocity of the blazes are hindering firefighting efforts along with the extreme fire weather conditions that continue. Up-to-the-minute information on these blazes can be found via Twitter: @CAL_Fire and @LACoFDPIO.

Credit: AstroKomrade

Smoke Plumes Seen From Space. Dense smoke can be seen on visible satellite and from astronauts on the International Space State. The image above from @AstroKomrade shows the intense smoke plumes drifting west-southwest out over the Pacific Ocean. Strong off shore flow is pushing the smoke out to sea, but communities near the blazes and downwind of the fires are experiencing unhealthy air quality--it is advised to stay indoors.

Unhealthy Air: Air quality remains unhealthy in a number of areas downwind of the intense smoke plumes. Officials are advising to stay indoors in the areas that are experiencing smoky, hazy skies.

Credit: NWS

Hurricane Force Wind Gusts Continue. The National Weather Service in Los Angeles stated earlier this week: "This will likely be the strongest and longest duration Santa Ana wind event we have seen so far this season which will persist through the end of the week." With that said, wind gusts have been reported up to 80mph in the foothills of Orange county with gusts observed up to 78 mph in Los Angeles county. Unfortunately, there won't be much change through the end of the week, so Red Flag Warnings and High Wind Warnings have been posted through Saturday.

Credit: NWS Los Angeles

Update From the National Weather Service in Los Angeles: The strongest and longest duration Santa Ana wind event we have seen so far this season will continue through at least Saturday. The strongest winds during this event will occur into Thursday. During these times, damaging wind gusts of 50 to 70 mph will be common across wind prone areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, with isolated gusts as high as 80 mph in the mountains. The Santa Ana winds combined with humidities in the teens and single digits, along with very dry fuels, will bring an extended period of critical fire weather conditions to much of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. If fire ignitions occur, there is a high likelihood of very rapid fire spread, long range spotting, and extreme fire behavior. Other potential impacts included downed trees and power lines, blowing dust and debris, and power outages, especially through Thursday.


Credit: NWS Los Angeles

Strong Winds Thursday Morning: Some of the strongest winds will continue Thursday morning across wind prone areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, with isolated gusts as high as 80 mph in the mountains.

High Winds Concerns through FridayThe National Weather Service continues High Wind Warnings and Advisories through at least Friday as strong Santa Ana winds frequently gust at 60mph to 80mph. Not only will these winds fan recent wildfire flames, but they could also lead to downed trees and power lines. Property damage can't be ruled out along with widespread blowing dust and debris.

Red Flag Warnings: The National Weather Service continues Red Flag Warnings across much of the area through Saturday as strong Santa Ana winds, warm temps and low realtive humidity continue. Here's an excerpt from their warning: "An extended moderate to strong Santa Ana wind event will continue over much of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties through at least Saturday. The winds are expected to strengthen again through Thursday with 18 to 24 hours of strong winds gusting to 50 to 75 mph. This is a significant period. The winds will then gradually weaken Friday through Saturday. Meanwhile, minimum humidities of 6 to 12 percent will be common through at least early next week, with widespread very poor overnight recoveries staying under 30 percent. As a result, critical Red Flag conditions will persist over most of Los Angeles and Ventura through Saturday. The Santa Barbara Mountains will also see increasing east winds tonight into Thursday, with Red Flag conditions through Friday morning."

EXTREME Fire Weather Concerns ThursdayThe Storm Prediction Center keeps a fire conditions at EXTREME and CRITICAL levels in Southern California as strong Santa Ana winds continue on Thursday. Some of the strongest winds are expected to continue through early Thursday with gusts between 60 and 80 mph in the mountains. Single digit relative humidity continues, which marks an extended period of critical fire weather conditions for Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The Santa Ana winds will continue, but will gradually weaken Friday and Saturday.

CRITICAL Fire Weather Concerns FridayThe Storm Prediction Center has extended and expanded the CRITICAL fire weather concern across Southern California as the Santa Ana winds continue on Friday. Although winds may be a little lighter, winds could gusts up to 60 mph or higher.

Dangerous and rapidly growing wildfires will continue as the strongest Santa Ana wind event of the season extends through the end of the week. Conditions may change rapidly and additional evacuations may be ordered as fire weather conditions remain extreme.

Meteorologist Todd Nelson, Praedictix

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PRELIMINARY 2017 Tornado Map

It certainly has been a fairly active first half of 2017 with 1,511 preliminary tornado reports through December 6th. Note that this is the most tornadoes through that date since 2011, when there were 1,880 reports. The map below shows the distribution of the tornadoes so far this year.

PRELIMINARY 2017 Tornado Count

According to NOAA's SPC, the PRELIMINARY 2017 tornado count is 1,511 (through December 6th). Note that is the most active year for tornadoes since 2011, when there were 1,880 tornadoes. Notice that the only other year with more tornadoes than this year was in 2008, which ended with a whopping 2,140 tornadoes nationwide.


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National Weather Hazards Ahead...

1.) Heavy snow across portions of the Great Lakes and the Upper Mississippi Valley, Sun-Wed, Dec 10-Dec 13.
2.) Heavy snow across portions of the eastern Great Lakes, Mon-Wed, Dec 11-Dec 13.
3.) High winds across portions of California, Sun-Tue, Dec 10-Dec 12.
4.) Much below normal temperatures across the eastern half the U.S., Sun-Thu, Dec 10-Dec 14.
5.) Enhanced wildfire risk across portions of California, Sun, Dec 10.
6.) Heavy precipitation across portions of the Alaska Panhandle and mainland Alaska, Sun-Mon, Dec 10-Dec 11.
7.) High winds across portions of mainland Alaska, Mon, Dec 11.
8.) High winds across portions of the Alaska Panhandle and mainland Alaska, Sun, Dec 10.
9.) Much above normal temperatures across portions of mainland Alaska, Sun-Thu, Dec 10-Dec 14.
10.) Slight risk of much below normal temperatures for portions of the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic, the Great Lakes, and the Ohio Valley, Fri-Thu, Dec 15-Dec 21.
11.) Slight risk of much below normal temperatures for portions of the Southeast, the Mid-Atlantic, the Southern Appalachians, the Ohio Valley, and the Tennessee Valley, Fri-Sat, Dec 15-Dec 16.
12.) Moderate risk of much below normal temperatures for portions of the Northeast and Great Lakes, Fri-Sun, Dec 15-Dec 17.
13.) Slight risk of heavy precipitation for portions of the Alaska Panhandle and mainland Alaska, Fri-Tue, Dec 15-Dec 19.
14.) Severe Drought across the Lower Mississippi Valley, the Northern Plains, Hawaii, the Northern Rockies, the Middle Mississippi Valley, the Southern Plains, and the Southwest.

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North American Winter Dipole & A Clipper Today
By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas.

Raging wildfires in southern California have burned more than 100,000 acres and have prompted evacuations for 200,000 people since Monday.

These explosive wildfires have been fanned by the strongest Santa Ana wind event of the season. The strength and duration has allowed 60 to 80 mph wind gusts and very dry air to persist for days. According to LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazes, the brush burning index was rated a 296 earlier this week, the highest he's ever seen it in his career.

From a very wet spring to a very dry fall, the pieces were in place. The catalyst was a "Ridiculously Resilient Ridge" in the West that helped develop the perfect Santa Ana wind storm.

Because that ridge is so large, the trough in the Eastern US is equally as big! This North American Winter Dipole will help develop snow accumulations from the southern tip of Texas to Georgia through the end of the week!

Meanwhile, the January-like northwest flow pattern continues for us as another clipper dusts the region with a light fluffy snow coating later today. No big deal.
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Extended Forecast

FRIDAY: Light fluffy snow coating later. Winds: WNW 5-15. High: 26.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Coating of snow early, then mostly cloudy. Winds: NNW 10. Low: 15

SATURDAY: Some sun. Feels like January. Winds: WNW 5-15: High: 23.

SUNDAY: Brief thaw. Light snow overnight. Winds: WNW 5-10. Wake-up: 13. High: 35.

MONDAY: Scattered, wind-whipped flurries. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 25. High: 32.

TUESDAY: Brisk wind chills return. Winds: WNW 5-15. Wake-up: 14. High: 27.

WEDNESDAY: A few scattered flakes. Winds: WNW 5-15. Wake-up: 14. High: 27.

THURSDAY: Another clipper rolls through. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 13. High: 24.
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This Day in Weather History
December 8th

1995: A strong low pressure system passes across Northern Minnesota, producing considerable snowfall in advance of an intense cold front. Snowfall of five to eight inches was common with eight inches recorded at New London and Alexandria. The most snow reported was 9.6 inches in Mound. The Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport received 7.1 inches. The cold front moved through by late morning on the 8th as temperatures dropped 20 degrees within an hour of the frontal passage. Strong northwest winds of 20 to 40 mph immediately behind the front resulted in severe blowing and drifting and white-out conditions in many areas. Over 150 schools closed early or cancelled classes. Many businesses closed early as well. The Governor ordered state offices closed at noon on the 8th, sending thousands of state employees home. Over 100 outbound flights were cancelled at the Twin Cities International Airport, but the airport remained open.

1876: The term 'Blizzard' is first used in the government publication 'Monthly Weather Review.'

1804: John Sayer at the Snake River Fir Trading Post near present day Pine City mentions: 'Cold day. Thermometer 10 degrees below freezing.' Lewis and Clark also noted this cold wave at their winter quarters in Ft. Mandan, North Dakota near present day Bismarck.
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Average High/Low for Minneapolis
December 8th

Average High: 29F (Record: 50F set in 1990)
Average Low: 15F (Record: -22F set in 1876)

Record Rainfall: 0.44" set in 1963
Record Snowfall: 7.1" set in 1995
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Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
December 8th

Sunrise: 7:38am
Sunset: 4:32pm

Hours of Daylight: ~8 hours 53 mins

Daylight LOST since yesterday: ~1 minutes and 2 seconds
Daylight LOST since summer solstice (June 20th): 6 hours & 44 minutes
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Moon Phase for December 8th at Midnight
1.0 Days Before Last Quarter Moon

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Weather Outlook For Friday

High temps on Friday won't be quite as cold as what we've been dealing with over the past couple of days. In fact, it looks like reading will be closer to in not even a little warmer than average across far western Minnesota. This slight warmup will be ahead of a clipper system that will help to produce a little light snow across the region.

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Minneapolis Temperature Outlook

Here's the temperature outlook through December 22nd, which shows slightly warmer temps moving in as we head into the weekend and early next week before the bottom drops out again. It appears that we could warm briefly to above freezing on Sunday and Monday before temps drop into the 10s and 20s through the rest of the month. Stay tuned...

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8 to 14 Day Temperature Outlook

Here's the temperature outlook into the 3rd week of December, which suggests temperatures will remain cooler than average across much of the Midwest into the Great Lakes. However, warmer than average temperatures will continue in the Western US.

8 to 14 Day Temperature Outlook

Here's the extended temperature outlook as we head into the 3rd week of December. The high amplitude and stagnant weather pattern will continue to keep colder than average temperatures in the Eastern US, while warmer than average temperatures will continue in the Western US.

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"ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION IS INCREASING"

"Since the spring of 2015, Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus have been flying balloons to the stratosphere over California to measure cosmic rays. Soon after our monitoring program began, we quickly realized that radiation levels are increasing. Why? The main reason is the solar cycle. In recent years, sunspot counts have plummeted as the sun's magnetic field weakens. This has allowed more cosmic rays from deep space to penetrate the solar system. As 2017 winds down, our latest measurements show the radiation increase continuing apace--with an interesting exception, circled in yellow:"

See more from SpaceWeather HERE:


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"10 Strange Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Earth"

"The planet we all call home is even more bizarre than you might imagine. There’s no doubt that planet Earth is awe-inspiring. That’s even more true for the handful of humans who’ve seen it from space with their own eyes. “We tend to think of ourselves as a weird, tiny little human being on a very large, powerful planet, and therefore clearly irrelevant to anything that might affect the planet at a planetary scale,” says former NASA astronaut Kathryn Sullivan, who in 1984 became the first U.S. woman to walk in space. “In some ways that’s true. But if you step back and look at the planet in total, you see how richly interconnected and intertwined all the actual systems are.” Even with all its magnificence and majesty, Earth is also just kind of strange. Aside from the fact that it’s the only planet known (so far) to support life, it has a bunch of inherent quirks, from geophysical weirdness to the landscapes adorning its surface to the organisms it supports. And the more we learn about Earth’s peculiarities, the more we grow to appreciate and treasure its many wonders—starting with the air we breathe. “You look back at the Earth and that huge majestic ocean, [the atmosphere is] a lot more like the fuzz on a tennis ball than some big massive thing,” Sullivan says. “It’s like the wall of a soap bubble, this little membrane that envelops this grain of rock and is the reason that critters like us can live.” Here are some of the oddest things about this gas-shrouded ball of water and rock we call home."

See more from National Geographic HERE:


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"Russian weather satellite fails to enter orbit after launch"

"VOSTOCHNY LAUNCH PAD, RUSSIA - A Russian weather satellite and nearly 20 micro-satellites from various nations failed to enter their designated orbits Tuesday following the launch from Russia's new cosmodrome, another blow to the nation's space program. Russia's Roscosmos space agency said it has failed to establish communications with the Meteor M 2-1 satellite that was launched atop a Soyuz-2 booster rocket Tuesday from Russia's new Vostochny launch pad in the Far East. The agency says it's trying to determine what happened. Russian news agencies reported the likely cause was the failure of the booster's final stage, the Fregat, possibly caused by a software flaw."

See more from Miami Herald HERE:


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"Pacific Weather Shenanigans Could End Up Weakening December Cold"

"As with the infamous El Nino, what happens in the Pacific Ocean doesn’t always stay in the Pacific Ocean. To the dismay of natural gas traders, that may also be the case with the Madden Julian Oscillation, known as MJO. That pulse of rain and clouds in the western Pacific could set off a series of events that pulls the teeth out of a cold snap set to blanket the eastern U.S. in mid-December, said Brad Harvey, a meteorologist with MDA Weather Services in Gaithersburg, Maryland. For the gas market, that would mean less demand for the power-plant fuel. The MJO, which moves eastward around the globe every 30 to 60 days, can break down a ridge of high pressure over the Gulf of Alaska, which helps funnel cold air into central Canada and the U.S. With the cold air pump shut off, temperatures could fail to deliver the bitter cold for which natural gas traders have been searching."

See more from Bloomberg HERE:


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"Puerto Ricans Who Moved To New York After Hurricane Maria Are Living In A State Of Uncertainty"

"Thousands of the island's displaced residents are waiting and watching as recovery efforts progress slowly back home. Puerto Ricans who fled the storm-ravaged island for New York City in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria are living in a state of uncertainty, waiting and watching the painstaking process of recovery at home while their lives are in limbo, unsure of whether to stay or go back. "I'm not making any decisions right now. It's all too much at once," Evelyn Rosario, 52, said Tuesday at a hurricane service center set up by the city. The center, located in Harlem, receives around 35 families like Rosario's per day, who are looking for assistance signing up for benefits like SNAP and Medicaid in New York, and information about other city services, officials said."

See more from BuzzFeed HERE:


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"Thanks to climate change, the weather roasting California and freezing the East may thrive"

"The explosive brush fires raging in Southern California and the frigid weather about to grip the eastern U.S. are connected. They are the consequences of an extreme jet pattern that makes the West hot and dry, and simultaneously the East cold. And new research reveals climate change and shrinking sea ice may help this pattern of wild contrasts develop more frequently. The overarching weather pattern responsible for the contrasting extremes between the coasts is known as the North American Winter Dipole. It is fancy term to describe abnormally warm conditions in the West and cold conditions in the East. Under such a pattern, the jet stream, the super highway for storms that divides cold and warm air, surges north in the western half of the nation, and crashes south in the eastern half."

See more from the Washington Post HERE:


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"Video: Incredible 1,000fps slow-motion 4K lightning footage"

WOW! This is incredible video... If you're mesmerized by weather, you'll surely love watching this! "If you need something to get your week off to an 'epic' start, look no further than DP Dustin Farrell's incredible storm chasing video he just released yesterday. Captured mostly with a Phantom Flex4K slow-motion camera at 1,000fps, it's a slow-motion masterpiece with lightning footage that left this writer's jaw slack. The video, titled Transient, is a compilation of Farrell's best storm chasing shots from the 2017 season. Over the course of 30 days he says he drove over 20,000 miles—developing a deeper "respect and admiration for storm chasers" all the while. He also shared some technical details in the video's description: Most of the lightning footage was captured in uncompressed raw at 1000 frames per second with our Phantom Flex4K."

See the video from DPreview HERE:

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"Stunning video captures mega storm over Western Australia"

"A rainy-season electrical storm lit up the skies over Kimberley, Western Australia, as Tropical Cyclone Dahlia lay over the coast nearby. This extraordinary time-lapse video was captured by Geoff Green."

See the video from the telegraph HERE:

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"No-Snow November in Denver: Climate Change or Funky Weather Patterns?"

"If November's weather felt more like September's to you, you were on to something. November finished with no measurable snowfall for just the ninth time since reliable records began in 1882. It's also the first time Denver will finish snow-free in the month since 2005, and just the second time since 1949. Temperatures were also seven degrees above average for the month, making it the tenth-warmest November on record. This included a stunning 81-degree temperature on November 27, the warmest November temperature on record in our dear city. In the nine seasons that had no measurable snowfall, eight finished with seasonal below-average snowfall. Of course, part of that has to do with losing November's 7.7-inch average snowfall, typically Denver's fifth-snowiest month of the year. But in those nine snow-free Novembers, seven had less December snowfall than average, too. Winter's not dead, but this winter may end up with less snowfall than average, which could be caused by the current weak La Niña pattern in the Pacific."

See more from WestWord HERE:

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"From deluge to drought: Texas endures severe drought after Harvey"

"Weather is known for its wild pendulum swings, but this is ridiculous: Three months after the nation's worst urban flood disaster ever, parts of Texas are now enduring severe drought conditions. "Since Harvey, we have had 90 days of below-normal rainfall and average monthly temperatures have been 5 degrees above normal," according to Nikki Hathaway, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Houston. The main threat from the drought at this point is wildfires: "Fire is the primary potential impact, and wet followed by dry is the standard recipe for lots of dry fuels," said John Nielsen-Gammon, the Texas state climatologist.  "Other problems are related to lack of establishment of winter pasture and (farther north) winter wheat," he said. And while it's too soon for any water supply impacts, summer reservoir inflows in the Hill Country were third-lowest on record, according to Bob Rose of the Lower Colorado River Authority."

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