"One kind word can warm three winter months" goes my favorite Japanese proverb. I'm going to give you two kind words: Indian Summer. The mercury brushed 60 yesterday at Eden Prairie and Blaine. We may hit 60 today, again Wednesday - the ECMWF model hinting at mid-60s Thanksgiving, close to record territory!
Not too shabby, considering the sun is as low in the sky as it was on January 23. You won't need a snow shovel anytime soon, but sunglasses are required, now that the leaves are off the trees and a lazy sun hugging the horizon makes it blinding on area highways. A nice problem to have.
A mild, Pacific breeze spills over into Thursday; mild enough for a game of football or a brisk walk around the block - to burn off that second serving.
Take nothing for granted.
A cold front sweeps in for "Black Friday" with 30s and a wind chill closer to 20. Consider shopping for a new coat. Winds ease up on Saturday, the mercury recovering above 50 by Monday before a second wave of numbing air arrives next week. Lukewarm-weather-lovers: your days are numbered. Then again, I said something similar two months ago.
This makes 10 Novembers (in a row) warm enough to play golf. In Minne-snowda?
Arctic Oscillation. The AO and NAO are blocking patterns, impacted by a variety of meteorological factors, including stratospheric temperatures, blocks over Greenland, sea surface temperatures and other forcings. During a positive phase the coldest air remains north over Canada, more of a milder, Pacific influence on the Lower 48. But during a negative phase (like what's coming up in early December) winds aloft weaken, allowing bitter air to plunge southward, often spinning up significant snow/ice storms in advance. Graphic: UCAR.
Photo credit above: "Stairs lead to an empty lot where a home once stood on South Joplin Avenue before the Joplin tornado in 2011. Newly constructed homes can be seen in the background." Steve Hebert for The New York Times
Graphic credit above: "A rendering of a storm barrier with a drawbridge on Arthur Kill, intended to protect the Staten Island borough of New York in a Category 3 hurricane, in an undated handout photo. Because of the recent effects of Hurricane Sandy hitting the area, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said elected officials have a responsibility to consider new and innovative plans to prevent similar damage in the future." (CDM Smith, Inc. via The New York Times)
Sandy's Hit To The U.S. Economy As Bad As Katrina? It may be close - as reported by Business Insider.
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Graphic Credit Above: Mapping Hurricane Sandy's Deadly Toll: From the NY Times: "At last count, officials were attributing more than 100 deaths to Hurricane Sandy. Some patterns emerged in mapping the deaths in the region. Elderly residents were hit especially hard, with close to half of the people who died age 65 or older. In New York City, the majority of deaths occurred in Queens and on Staten Island, and most people perished at the height of the storm, drowned by the surge."
Hurricane Sandy Brings Birds From Florida, Arctic To New England. What is most impressive about Sandy was the size of the storm, the thousand-mile-wide cone impacted by tropical storm force or stronger winds - winds that swept birds into its circulation. Here's an excerpt of a curious story from CBS Boston: "They’re not supposed to be here, birds from Europe, the arctic and the southern states, blown here by the heavy winds of Superstorm Sandy. There’s the Northern Lapwing from Europe, the Magnificent Frigate Bird from the south and the tiny arctic Dovekie, all pushed by monstrous forces, some trapped in the eye of a hurricane and deposited here in New England. “Any storm that extends from Europe to North America, that’s a huge event and accordingly birds that are anywhere in its path are going to be affected. I’m sure there are a lot of casualties we’ll never know about,” says Wayne Petersen, a bird expert for Mass Audubon..."
1. The Web will make salespeople MORE important.Conventional wisdom says that the ability of customer to research products and buy them online should make salespeople less important. It turns out that the opposite is the case, and companies are hiring more salespeople than ever. However, customers expect much more of the salespeople who contact and work with them. Customers now expect salespeople to have a expert's view of the customer's business, act as a manager of some crucial part of the customer's business, and be effective at protecting the customer's interests within the vendor organization..."
1981: Heavy snow with near blizzard conditions resulted in over a foot of wet snow, which caused the inflated fabric of the Metrodome to collapse and rip.
1957: Snowstorm in Southeast Minnesota. A foot is dumped at Winona. Heavy crop losses.
Photo credit: "President Obama leaves the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, following his first news conference after his reelection. Mr. Obama addressed the subject of climate change at some length in response to a reporter's question." Jacquelyn Martin/AP