The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
The measure of a person isn't what they have, but what they give, right?
My mom passed away yesterday. I wish you could have known her. Grace was a force of nature. She grew up dirt-poor, in a tent, during The Depression. She raised 3 kids, went on to become a prolific antiques dealer. She taught us the most important lesson: family comes first. "Do the right thing ... never give up" she'd say with a stern smile. I was in awe of her. I still am. Todd Nelson will be filling in while I'm with family.
The weather map is mercifully quiet. Roughly 3 weeks from the Winter Solstice it seems odd to be tracking rain; drizzle Saturday, a few heavier showers and T-showers Monday.
Expect highs from 45-50 F. over the weekend, then well into the 50s on Monday, before cooling down by midweek.
We thaw out late next week, but colder air building over Canada arrives by the second week of December. Any snow by mid-month will come in dribs & drabs; still no sign of The Big One. I'll keep searching.
My loss hasn't hit me yet. A word to the wise: take no one for granted. Do the right thing. Never give up. And give mom extra hugs.
Do it today.
Photo credit above: "Pedestrians contend with wintry weather in Boulder, Colorado. As flu outbreaks peak during the colder months, researchers are employing techniques from weather prediction to forecast outbreak timing and severity." UCAR. Photo by Carlye Calvin.
Photo credit : "Erosion caused by high water is seen along the beach on Sullivans Island, S.C., in this photograph made on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Scientists at Clemson University and Georgia Tech have proposed it could be possible to raise the coastline during an era of sea level rise by injecting sediment-laden slurry into fractures beneath the earth's surface." (AP Photo/Bruce Smith).
In Sandy's Wake, Lessons About Fire Safety More Relevant Than Ever. I know it's counterintuitive (during a flooding storm surge), but fire was a huge hazard with Sandy. More details from Benzinga: "...Many people still keep traditional candles as part of their hurricane or disaster preparedness kit. But these candles can create extra hazards if left unattended, even for a short time. In some cases, homeowners fall asleep with a candle burning and wake up to find the house burning around them. Battery operated candles are a much safer alternative and can also last much longer than regular candles..."
Photo credit above: "The ruins of burned out homes are framed by surviving buildings in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. A fire destroyed more than 100 homes in the oceanfront community during the storm." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Last year it was a brown Christmas and that happens from time to time. When was the last time we had 2 brown Christmas in a row?
Mike - I asked my friend and contact at the Minnesota Climatology Working Group, Pete Boulay, about your question and here is his response: "The last time there was an inch of snow or less on the ground for two years in a row was Christmas 1976 and 1977. It also happened in 1957 and 1958 and 43-44, 30-31, 22-23, and there was a three years in a row from 1904-06."
For the details http://climate.umn.edu/doc/journal/white_christmas.htm
Image above: NOAA.
Photo credit above: "In Newport Beach in Southern California, city planners are looking into raising sea walls in waterfront neighborhoods like Balboa Island that are prone to flooding." (Los Angeles Times)
Photo credit: "Don't expect to see surfboards - or snowboards - on these majestic frozen outcroppings near the Dumont D'Urville research station in Antarctica." Photo by Tony Travouillon.
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Photo credit above: "Jake Bartlett stepped into his snowboard at Sugarbush Mountain. Ski area operators have high hopes for the season." By Katie Johnston. Globe Staff / November 26, 2012
U.N. Report Warns Of Widening Climate Gap. The Daily Herald has the story - here's the introduction: "A U.N. report on rising greenhouse gas emissions reminded world governments Wednesday that their efforts to fight climate change are far from enough to meet their stated goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit). The report by the U.N. Environment Program, released just days ahead of a major climate conference, said the concentration of heat-trapping greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is up about 20 percent since 2000. Scientists say those emissions are contributing to climate change and that failure to contain them could have dangerous consequences, including rising sea levels inundating coastal cities, dramatic shifts in rainfall disrupting agriculture and drinking water, the spread of diseases and the extinction of species..."
Photo credit: "In this Dec. 16, 2009 file photo, steam and smoke rise from a coal burning power plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. A United Nations report on rising greenhouse gas emissions reminded world governments Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 that their efforts to fight climate change are far from enough to meet their stated goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees C (3.6 F)." (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
Photo credit above: "Thailand experienced its worst flooding in 2011." Photo: Shermaine Ho/IRIN.