Final comments on November:
Incidentally, Embarrass reported the coldest temperature in the nation again this week on December 4th with a reading of -13 degrees F, and so far this month nearly every climate observer in the state has reported at least one sub-zero F temperature.
Snowfall for the month of November ranged from just a few inches to well over a foot. Some of the snowiest places in the state this month included: Duluth, Benson, Collegeville, and Kimball with over 16 inches; Dawson, Madison, Winnebago, and Little Falls with over 17 inches; Rush City and Cambridge with over 18 inches; and Mora and Milan reported over 19 inches.
December Climate Outlook Revised:
How sound carries well in dense air:
Weekly Weather potpourri:
There is a nice feature this week provided in the NOAA Climate.gov newsletter about how an Alabama Farmer uses the NOAA seasonal climate outlooks to plan his crop rotations. He especially pays attention to La Nina and El Nino related outlooks. Take a look at the video.
The Climate.gov newsletter also features an interesting article about pine bark beetle outbreaks related to climate based on some work done by the American Museum of Natural History. Worth a read.
Some excerpts from USDA's Brad Rippey's weekly drought briefing:
-During the five-week period ending on December 2, 2014, contiguous U.S. drought coverage decreased to 29.13% -- a 0.48 percentage point drop. Several weeks ago, in mid-October, U.S. drought coverage fell below 30% for the first time since December 2011.
-During November, most of the significant changes involved reduction in the intensity and/or coverage of dryness and drought, primarily across the southern and eastern U.S.
-Drought still covers a substantial portion of the southern Plains and the western U.S. On December 2, the highest level of droughtD4, or exceptional drought was noted in portions of California (55%), Nevada (12%), Oklahoma (5%), and Texas (3%).
- On December 2, more than one-third (37%) of the nations winter wheat production area mainly across the southern Plains and the interior Northwest was located within a drought-affected region.
- Heading into the winter of 2014-15, the Midwest remains nearly drought-free. On December 2, drought covered just 5% of the U.S. corn production area and 3% of the soybean area.
Super Typhoon Hagupit was churning in the Western Pacific Ocean east of the Philippines this week generating winds up to 160 mph and sea waves of 45-50 feet. It was expect to make landfall southeast of Manila on Saturday and Sunday and may be quite destructive, thought winds are expected to diminish somewhat before landfall.
MPR listener question:
Twin Cities Almanac for December 5th:
MSP Local Records for December 5th:
MSP weather records for this date include: highest daily maximum temperature of 63 degrees F in 2001; lowest daily maximum temperature of 2 degrees F in 1873; lowest daily minimum temperature is -14 degrees F in 1873; highest daily minimum temperature of 40 F in 1875; record precipitation of 0.81 inches 1909; and record snowfall is 7.0 inches in 1909.
Average dew point for December 5th is 17 degrees F, with a maximum of 57 degrees F in 2001 and a minimum of -19 degrees F in 1977.