Weather Outlook For Friday, December 28th
6 to 10 Day Temperature Outlook
According to NOAA's CPC, the extended temperature outlook from January 1st to January 5th suggests cooler than average temps working back into much of the Central US and especially across the Southern US.
"How To Tell If Your Symptoms Are The Flu Or Just A Cold"
"Here's how to get rid of a cold fast"
"It's the time of year when colds are commonplace. As the weather gets colder, and you're more inclined to spend more time indoors with others, the combination of confined spaces, weakened immune systems and recirculated air means that, at some point or another, you're likely to become victim to one of the 200 viruses that cause the common cold. It's likely then, that knowing how to get rid of a cold fast is a priority this winter - no-one wants to feel miserable, sickly and extra tired over the festive period. This year, let's put a halt to that streaming nose and feeling like the Walking Dead because actually, you don’t have to suffer and sniffle in silence. Simply bookmark this cold-busting guide, now."
Recent 'Warmer' Weather Making Ice Conditions Unsafe in Some Areas
By Paul Douglas
Oh, the indignity of it all. The Red River Valley is experiencing a blizzard; much of western and central Minnesota digging out from a cool foot of snow. Meanwhile in the Twin Cities it looked more like March out there at the height of the storm, with sheets of rain and a colorful assortment of puddles. Metro snow lovers are not amused.
According to Climate Central, the cities with the biggest decline in winter precipitation falling as snow are Denver, El Paso, Salt Lake City, Harrisburg and the Twin Cities of Minnesota.
It still snows here at MSP, just not as consistently as it did a generation ago.
Light snow tapers today, with slowly improving travel conditions, although it'll take a day or two to dig out some towns up north.
Chilled sunshine Saturday gives way to a quick thaw Sunday. Models consistently print out a couple inches of powder for New Year's Eve. Make sure your Uber driver has AWD.
A couple glancing shots of arctic air arrive later next week; maybe two days in single digits - but it won't last.
A milder, Pacific flow returns the 2nd week of January.
FRIDAY: Light snow tapers. Gusty. Winds: NW 15-30. High: 27.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and cold. Winds: NW 5-10. Low: 3.
SATURDAY: Partly sunny with less wind. Winds: SW 7-12. High: 16.
SUNDAY: Cloudier, breezier and milder. Winds: SW 10-20. Wake-up: 12. High: 32.
NEW YEARS EVE: Couple of inches of snow. Icy roads Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 25. High: 30.
NEW YEARS DAY: A sunny new year. Cold! Winds: NW 7-12. Wake-up: 3. High: 8.
WEDNESDAY: Numbing start. Risk of flurries. Winds: S 8-13. Wake-up: -10. High: 22.
THURSDAY: Pacific breeze. Risk of a thaw. Winds: SW 10-15. Wake-up: 19 High: 32.
This Day in Weather History
2000: Central and southeast Minnesota receive 6 to 10 inches of snow. Some notable snow amounts include: Chanhassen NWS Forecast Office with 7.8 inches, St Cloud with 7.5 inches, and Hutchinson, Willmar, Albany, Red Wing, and Long Prairie with 7.0 inches.
1979: Balmy weather enables the city park crew in Duluth to rake leaves.
1927: A cold snap results in sharp temperature drops across Minnesota. The temperature would fall from 41 to -15 at Farmington.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 24F (Record: 47F set in 2013)
Average Low: 9F (Record: -27F set in 1880)
Record Rainfall: 1.09" set in 1982
Record Snowfall: 12.0" set in 1982
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Hours of Daylight: ~8 hours & 48 minutes
Daylight GAINED since yesterday: ~ 30 seconds
Daylight GAINED since winter solstice (December 21st): ~ 2 minutes
Moon Phase for December 28th at Midnight
0.1 Days Before Last Quarter Moon
What's in the Night Sky?
According to EarthSky.org this is what will be visible in the night sky over the next several nights:
"These next few mornings – December 29 and 30, 2018 – people around the world will see the moon in the vicinity of Spica, the constellation Virgo’s one and only 1st-magnitude star. As seen from around the world, the moon will be at or near its last quarter phase on the morning of December 29. At last quarter, the moon appears half-illuminated in sunshine and half-immersed in the moon’s own shadow. The lit side of the waning moon always points eastward – or in the direction of sunrise. Relative to the backdrop stars of the zodiac, the moon travels its own angular diameter of about one-half degree eastward per hour, or approximately 13 degrees eastward per day. For that reason the moon will be closer to Spica on December 30 than it’ll be on December 29."
National Weather Outlook
The potent storm system in the Central US that has been responsible for heavy snow and blizzard conditions as well as strong to severe storms and flooding rains will continue to slide east on Friday. The storm should finally moves east of the US by Saturday with much colder air in place behind it.
7 Day Precipitation Potential
According to NOAA's WPC, the 7 day precipitation potential suggests heavy precipitation continuing in the Eastern parts of the country, especially in the Gulf Coast States, where Flash Flood Watches have been issued.
"In September, a website called Space Weather Archive interviewed Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center. Mlynczak noted that because the sun is currently in a relatively inactive period, the thermosphere (one of the highest layers of Earth’s atmosphere, more than 300 miles above the surface) could reach its coldest temperatures since records began in the 1940s. The interview didn’t mention Earth’s surface temperatures, where the past five years have been the five hottest since records began in the late-1800s. However, the British newspaper Metro then ran a story falsely claiming that: “It’s feared this could herald the arrival of a uniquely grim ‘mini Ice Age.’ ” Like a bad game of Telephone, this inaccurate reporting then spreadthroughout the conservative media, including Fox News, the Drudge Report, Rush Limbaugh, and Sarah Palin’s Twitter page. The story was debunked by the climate scientists at Climate Feedback, and Metro subsequently issued a correction, but the damage had been done."
"Earth Loses Hundreds of Tons of Atmosphere to Space Every Day"
"Scientists have known for some time that Earth's atmosphere loses several hundred tons of oxygen each day. They understand how this oxygen loss happens on Earth's night side, but they're not sure how it happens on the day side. They do know one thing though; they happen during auroras. According to a press release from NASA's Earth Observatory, no two oxygen outflow events are exactly the same, which makes understanding them a challenge. They call the events 'fountains of gas' that escape the Earth during auroral activity, and the Earth Observatory has a mission dedicated to understanding them. The mission is part of the NASA's Earth Observatory program called VISIONS-2 (Visualizing Ion Outflow via Neutral Atom Sensing-2), and it requires certain conditions."
"Past Global Flood Shows Antarctica’s Ice Is More Fragile Than We Thought"
"Between 116,000 and 129,000 years ago, sea levels were 20 to 30 feet higher than they are today, inundating much of what is the modern day coastline and flooding entire islands. Exactly why the waters rose so high during that time, the Eemian period, however, has been a mystery. But new research indicates that warming temperatures caused the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to collapse, a scenario that concerns scientists under today’s conditions. Researchers long thought that the high water during the Eemian period was caused by the collapse of the Greenland’s ice sheet. Paul Voosen at Science reports that recent geological evidence shows that Greenland’s ice was intact and grinding along during the period, relieving it of blame for sea rise. The next most likely culprit, then, was the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, a massive, unstable crust of ice on the southern continent."