Weekend Snowstorm Totals
This weekend turned into a winter wonderland across southern Minnesota with an impactful winter storm across the region. The heaviest total reported was from near Lakefield, where 11" fell. We also saw 10.2" in Madelia, 9" in Winnebago, 8.5" in Hayfield, and 8.3" in Windom.
Closer to the Twin Cities, the highest snow totals were across the south metro where two 7.5" snow totals were reported: one near Elko New Market, and a second in Lakeville. Totals tapered as you moved northward with NWS Chanhassen reported 4.6" of snow and 2.3" at MSP airport.
Here's a look at snowfall Saturday at the official NWS climate sites. No records were broken, but 5.3" fell in Rochester between Midnight-Midnight, 2.3" in the Twin Cities, 0.9" in St. Cloud, and 0.1" in Duluth.
Saturday's snow brings the snow season total to 6.6" in the Twin Cities, which is 3.7" below average through the first day of December.
A Climate Disconnect When It Comes to Risk?
By Paul Douglas
Part of life is recognizing and minimizing risk. We don't hesitate to insure our vehicles, homes and lives. Yet when it comes to taking out an insurance policy against a rapidly-changing climate, lets ignore a vast consensus of scientists imploring us to pay attention. A disconnect?
Well-meaning people often confuse weather and climate. "It's cold and snowy, Paul!" Weather is your mood right now. Climate is your personality.
Dr. Mark Seeley reports 17 of the last 20 years have been warmer than normal. "Fourteen of the past 20 years have been wetter than normal in Minnesota" he writes. One day, one year, doesn't prove anything. It's the trends that matter (wetter and milder for MN).
A family of weak clippers keep highs in the 20s this week; no more snowy-drama in sight. I sense a phase shift in our weather patterns, with a much stronger southern branch of the jet stream evolving within 1-2 weeks - possibly a symptom of a brewing El Nino.
This shift could mean milder readings and more frequent southern storms by mid-December, as winds blow from the Pacific, not the Arctic.
Extended Twin Cities Forecast
MONDAY: More clouds than sun. High 26. Low 15. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NW 10-15 mph.
TUESDAY: Peeks of sunshine. High 27. Low 17. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind SW 7-12 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Clouds increase, flurries north. High 30. Low 14. Chance of precipitation 30%. Wind W 8-13 mph.
THURSDAY: A little blue sky, colder wind. High 24. Low 8. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind NW 8-13 mph.
FRIDAY: Unusually sunny for December. High 23. Low 7. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind SW 5-10 mph.
SATURDAY: Partly sunny, no travel problems. High 28. Low 12. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind SW 10-15 mph.
SUNDAY: Dry, quiet streak continues. High 30. Low 18. Chance of precipitation 10%. Wind SW 8-13 mph.
This Day in Weather History
1998: Albert Lea soars to a record-setting 67 degrees.
Average Temperatures & Precipitation for Minneapolis
Average High: 31F (Record: 62F set in 1962)
Average Low: 17F (Record: -19F set in 1940)
Average Precipitation: 0.04" (Record: 1.05" set in 1953)
Average Snow: 0.4" (Record: 7.4" in 1934)
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Sunrise: 7:33 AM
Sunset: 4:32 PM
*Length Of Day: 8 hours, 59 minutes and 8 seconds
*Daylight Lost Since Yesterday: ~1 minutes and 24 seconds
*Latest Sunrise: December 30th - January 5th (7:51 AM)
*Earliest Sunset: December 6th-14th (4:31 PM)
*Least Amount Of Daylight?: December 21st (8 hours, 46 minutes, 12 seconds)
Minnesota Weather Outlook
A mix of clouds and sun are expected across the state to begin the work week - the first work week day of December - with highs climbing into the 20s across most of the state.
Temperatures will be below average across the state Monday - ranging from just below average across parts of northern and central Minnesota to about 10F degrees below average where heavier snow just fell across southern Minnesota as well as up in Grand Marais.
Mainly cold weather will continue through at least the first third of the month, with temperatures expected to remain below freezing through at least next weekend and into the first few days of next week. Only then do we start to see some moderating temperatures, with highs climbing back into the 30s.
As a clipper drops south Wednesday Night, there will be the chance of some light snow in the Twin Cities. Otherwise, that's just about our only chance of precipitation in the next several days.
National Weather Forecast
On Monday, a cold front will continue to move across parts of the Southeast, bringing more heavy rain and storms from coastal North Carolina to the northern Gulf Coast and the Florida Peninsula. Another cold front moving through the Northeast and Great Lakes will bring period of rain and snow along with it. A trough of low pressure will bring snow showers to the Rockies. Out west, a new system will start to approach the coast which will bring some rain and snow to parts of northern California by the evening hours, spreading futher inland Monday Night. Highs will be above average across the East Coast.
Heavy rain will continue across parts of the Southeast, with an additional 3"+ possible from Sunday through 7 PM Tuesday. Rain will be starting to move into California Monday into Tuesday, with the potential of up to a couple of inches in parts of northern California. Heavier rain will start to move into southern California for the middle of the week.
The heaviest areas of snow (6"+) through Tuesday will be possible across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in parts of the Rockies.
35 Fishermen Rescued from Ice Floe Off Park Point
More from WDIO: "The Duluth Fire Department says 35 fishermen were rescued from an ice floe off of Park Point on Saturday morning. The fire department says they responded at 10:40 to the Bay Side of Park Point around 37 Street and Minnesota Ave. where 36 fishermen were stranded. One fisherman swam back to shore, but the rest of them were removed using a ladder, 3 Rapid Deployment Crafts, and a boat. "
Headlined by Florence and Michael, a second straight destructive Atlantic hurricane season wraps up
More from the Capital Weather Gang: "Hurricane season officially ended Friday, and, for a second straight year, generated costly and deadly storms that ravaged the U.S. coast. While not as active as “the hurricane season from hell” the year before, the 2018 season spawned two terrible storms in Hurricanes Florence and Michael, which will be long remembered for their devastating toll in the Carolinas and the Florida Panhandle. Florence and its destructive rains, measured in feet, engulfed eastern North Carolina, turning interstates into rivers and communities into lakes. Fifty-three fatalities were blamed on the disaster."
El Paso to drink treated sewage water due to climate change drought
More from CNN: "The people of El Paso, Texas, are resilient. Living in the middle of the harsh Chihuahuan Desert, the city has no other choice. On average, 15 days every year spike over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The city gets little relief with annual rainfall of just about 9 inches. It's one of the hottest cities in the country. One of its prime sources of water is the Rio Grande. Typically the river can supply as much as half of the city's water needs. But climate change is making that increasingly difficult and is pushing the city to look for new sources of water. Now, El Paso is on track to become the first large city in the United States to treat its sewage water and send it directly back into its taps."
What climate change will do, region by region
More from Grist: "Here’s the thing: Not all regions in the U.S. are going to experience climate change in the same way. Your backyard might suffer different climate consequences than my backyard. And, let’s be honest, we need to know what’s happening in our respective spaces so we can be prepared. I’m not saying it’s time to start prepping your bunker, but I would like to know if my family should consider moving to higher ground or stock up on maple syrup. Luckily, that new report — which Trump tried to bury on Black Friday — breaks down climate change’s likely impacts on 10 specific regions. Unluckily, the chapters are super dense. Silver lining: We at Grist divvied up the chapters and translated them into news you can actually use."
- D.J. Kayser