Once again this morning, we had to contend with thick freezing fog…but the fog and low cloud cover shouldn’t take as long to clear, compared to yesterday (I typed that less-than-confidently at 5:45am, but it’s actually working out well as I’m about to hit “publish”). High temperatures will top out around 50° this afternoon under partly cloudy skies:
Back to the low 50s Friday despite increasing clouds, with a good chance of showers in the forecast Friday night and during the day Christmas Eve. That system is just getting into Futurecast range — you can see the rain spreading in from the west, well after sunset:
It will be warm enough for all rain, but cool enough to preclude any severe weather threat…in fact, I don’t even think you’ll hear any rumbles of thunder:
Christmas Day looks warm and breezy, with highs in the mid 60s and just a slight chance of showers. The best chance of rain on Sunday will be well to our west — and look how far to the north the rain will spread! It’s not often that Minneapolis has a rainy Christmas:
The Christmas Day weather system in the middle of the country will head our way Monday, with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms late in the day…probably after sunset, but that’s still a long way down the line in the extended forecast:
Yet another good chance of rain on Wednesday — add up all of the rain chances, and the European estimates 3″-4″ of total rainfall:
That won’t END the drought conditions, but every little bit helps! We’ll get an update from the U.S. Drought Monitor tomorrow, which I’ll share with you here.
- Temperatures at the North Pole are going to be 40-50 degrees above normal this week. Santa may not want to leave!
- Those types of warm events with above-freezing air temperatures at the North Pole in winter are rare, but they’re becoming more common.
- Weird video: the ice on the Great Salt Lake in Utah looks alive.
- We say all the time, “weather is your mood, climate is your personality,” and “local weather isn’t global climate”…but the public’s skepticism about climate change is still mostly tied to what the weather is doing right outside their own window.
- Investing in climate change (or climate-change-proofing investments) is a new trend.
- Winter arrived at 4:44am today…here’s a great article with 5 maps that explain the solstice. (Including why our sunset times are already getting later, while our sunrise times won’t be earlier until January.)
- Just 9 hours and 42 minutes of daylight today, which means more than 14 hours of darkness…but does that extra darkness help us sleep better?
- NASA’s various space probes keep finding signs of water scattered around the solar system.
- A study says that Santa Claus faces a high risk of suffering a workplace injury.
- Weird video #2: if the Samsung exploding-phones news didn’t have you freaked out, watch this thermal video of a lithium-ion battery exploding.
- File this away for trivia night: a pregnant American black bear can give birth without ever emerging from hibernation.
- The writers of Science News magazine speculate about the stories they expect to cover in 2017.