By the time December rolls around I feel like a zombie-extra in "The Walking Dead". It isn't the cold, the snow or even raging holiday-shopping-post-traumatic-stress disorder. It's a dire lack of sunlight that has me blue.
Today we'll see 8 hours, 47 minutes of daylight. That compares with 15 hours, 37 minutes on June 21. Many of have at least a mild case of SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder. That's one reason why we hang strands of holiday lights on our homes; an electrified version of an 18th century tradition - when Germans put candles on their Christmas trees to brighten up an otherwise-dark and somber midwinter sky.
Positive spin: we pick up 3 minutes of daylight by December 31; temperatures start to rise, at least historically, about 3 weeks later.
Another clipper brushes us with a coating to 1 inch today; more north and east of the Twin Cities. No big storms are brewing between now and Christmas, at least close to home.
After enduring snow & ice last weekend highs surge into the 50s on the East Coast next weekend, while we enjoy another brief polar plunge. Models show another upward blip in temperature next week; maybe 30s on Christmas Eve?
The way this month is going I'd call that a "warm front".
Photo credit above: "A woman swims in the pool at the David Citadel Hotel during a snowstorm of rare intensity in Jerusalem, Dec. 13, 2013. Snow blanketed Jerusalem and parts of the occupied West Bank Friday, choking off the city and stranding hundreds of vehicles on impassable roads." (Brian Snyder/Pool via The New York Times)
Photo credit above: "An installer prepares a roof for solar panels in Encinitas (San Diego County). Home buyers tend to prefer newer systems." Photo: Sam Hodgson, Bloomberg.
British Wine Benefits As The Climate Change. "A fine British wine?" As Europe continues to warm the concept may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. Here's an excerpt from The New York Times: "...More obvious, though, may be the meteorological motive that is at least partly behind Mr. Elzinga’s move. By the middle of this century, Britain could become one of the world’s big wine producers, as global warming moves the limits of viticulture ever farther north. “The wine industry in Europe will certainly change to follow the climate changes,” said Mr. Elzinga, who is now chief winemaker at Denbies Wine Estate, one of Britain’s largest vineyards. “You can’t beat the climate, so you have to follow it...” (File: Andrea Johnson).
Photo credit above: "Automobile traffic backs-up as it travels north from San Diego to Los Angeles along Interstate Highway 5 in California December 10, 2013." Credit: Reuters/Mike Blake.