10:40 10 hours and 40 minutes of daylight on October 22.
"Hey Paul, are you looking forward to your cold, dark, snowy near-death experience? I think you refer to it as WINTER?".
My friend in Sarasota has such a great sense of humor. He belongs in Florida.
Yes, in fact, I am looking forward to a quiet winter. No yard work, no bugs, no humidity, football on the tube; a chance to fire up the sleds and then nap with impunity.
We lost nearly 5 hours of daylight since June 21 and some of us feel the need to hibernate; sleep in 'til the crack of noon. We're dragging.
I run into more Minnesotans who dread a lack of sunlight far more than wind chill or knee-deep snowdrifts. A few sunny southern getaways during winter can help. So can full-spectrum light bulbs that mimic the sun. I have one installed at home right next to my favorite sofa. It does help.
As far as the atmosphere is concerned it's the 3rd week of November. After a morning freeze highs hold near 40F into Thursday, well below the average high of 56.
Would someone wake me when our weather becomes average again?
Upper 40s are possible Friday & Saturday, and latest guidance hints at 40s for Halloween Trick-or-Treating. No blizzards this year.
Hey, after 1991 I take NOTHING for granted.
* Amazon has a wide selection of full-spectrum light bulbs that mimic the sun and may help with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). No, I don't get a commission.
I have a weather question. Our snow shoveling service charges either by the time or the month. By the time is a fee per snowfall of 2 inches or more. By the month charges a flat fee for each month from November through March. Snow events in October and April are extra. So my question is how many snow events are there on average in St. Paul in a typical November to March season? Snow events are accumulations of 2 inches or more. If there is a web site that has this info, a simple cite to it would suffice.
Photo credit above: "Firefighters work on putting in containment lines to help control a wildfire near the township of Bell, Australia, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Authorities warned that high temperatures and winds were likely to maintain heightened fire danger for days." (AP Photo/AAP Image, Dan Himbrechts).
Photo credit above: "A New South Wales Rural Fire Service volunteer puts out a fire in the town of Bell, Australia, on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. Firefighters battling some of the most destructive wildfires to ever strike Australia's most populous state were focusing on a major blaze Sunday. Authorities warned that high temperatures and winds were likely to maintain heightened fire danger for days." (AAP Image/Paul Miller).
Photo credit: George Kosimos. "George Kosimos in his back yard, which FEMA has mapped out as a high risk of flooding."
Photo credit above: "Indian Point Energy Center on the Hudson River in Buchanan, N.Y." Credit: Bobby Magill
Photo credit above: "The yellow fever mosquito has been found in California, prompting intense eradication efforts and warnings from officials about how to keep the pest from spreading." (AP / December 31, 1969).
Image credit above: "CRE germs kill up to half of patients who get bloodstream infections from them. Source: CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Protection.
Photo credit above: John McDonnell/The Washington Post. "Washington’s quarterback Robert Griffin III on the ground after getting a concussion in the 3rd quarter of a game against the Atlanta Falcons at FedEx Field in October 2012."
Super-Large-Scale Solar Installations Are Surging In the U.S. Quartz has the article - here's the introduction: "Don’t write Big Solar off yet. With the plunge in photovoltaic panel prices, US utilities that once enthusiastically signed deals for massive solar power plants to be built in the desert began to favor small installations deployed near cities that don’t require the construction of multi-billion-dollar new transmission lines. But a new report shows that so-called utility-scale solar—which supplies more than 10 megawatts (MW) of electricity from a central power plant—hit a new record in the third quarter of 2013. So far this year, 1,081 MW of utility-scale solar has come online, with the flip switched on 282 MW in the third quarter, according to market research firm SNL. That’s a 15% spike over the third quarter of 2012..."
Image credit above: "Five degrees hotter... our climate in 90 years." Digital illustration Photo: Matt Davidson.
Photo credit above: "The rain forest canopy north of Manaus, Brazil." Credit: NASA LBA-ECO Project.
U.S. Oil Supply Looks Vulnerable 40 Years After Embargo. Shale oil helps our overall energy needs, but we are still vulnerable to disruptions in oil supply lines, according to this article at USA Today. Here's a snippet: "...We remain very vulnerable," Panetta says, adding it wouldn't take much for members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) — which launched the 1973 embargo — or terrorist groups like al-Qaeda to disrupt supplies. He says the U.S. is using less oil per capita than decades ago and relying on the Middle East for a smaller share of its imports, but those shifts almost don't matter. World oil prices, which largely determine what Americans pay at the pump, remain high, because developing countries including China and India are driving up demand. With global oil supplies so tight as a result, even a small disruption rattles the markets and causes price spikes. That's why, despite a 50% increase in U.S. oil production since 2008, the price for a regular gallon of gas remains so high. It costs, in inflation-adjusted dollars, twice as much as 40 years ago..."
File photo above: AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Matt Strasen.