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There's Nothing Terribly Nice About Ice

A surge of southern moisture spins up an impressive storm, but a more westward track pulls enough warm air into town for a period of ice & rain over southeast Minnesota, including the Twin Cities. Heaviest snow amounts will probably...

Dec 26th · 10 min read

Extended Forecast

THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy, drying out. Winds: W 10-15. High: 36.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Cloudy and quiet. Winds: W 5-10. Low: 22.

FRIDAY: A few sunny breaks, good news! Winds: W 5-10. High: 32.

SATURDAY: Icy mix of rain, sleet and snow. Winds: E 10-20. Wake-up: 24. High: 35.

SUNDAY: Slushy mix MSP. All snow north/west. Winds. S 10-15. Wake-up: 32. High: 38.

MONDAY: Slippery. Light snow and flurries. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 28. High: 32.

NEW YEAR'S EVE: Flurries give way to some sun. Winds: NW 8-13. Wake-up: 19. High: 30.

NEW YEAR'S DAY: Cloudy. A little drizzle late. Winds: SW 5-10. Wake-up: 16. High: 34. ______________________________________________________

This Day in Weather History December 26th

1990: Much of central Minnesota sets record low temperatures near 30 degrees below zero, while others had lows in the teens below zero. Cambridge had the coldest temperature with 31 below. Mora was close behind, with a low of 30 below. Other notably cold lows were at St. Cloud, with 29 below, and Melrose and Menomonie, WI with 27 below. _________________________________________________

Average High/Low for Minneapolis December 26th

Average High: 25F (Record: 51F set in 1922) Average Low: 10F (Record: -39F set in 1879)

Record Rainfall: 1.35" set in 1982 Record Snowfall: 9.6" set in 1945 _________________________________________________________

Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis December 26th

Sunrise: 7:50am Sunset: 4:37pm

Hours of Daylight: ~8 hours & 47 minutes

Daylight GAINED since yesterday: ~ 19 seconds Daylight GAINED since Winter Solstice (December 21st): ~ 49 seconds __________________________________________________________

Moon Phase for December 26th at Midnight1.1 Days Since New Moon

___________________________________ What's in the Night Sky?

"Above: An annular solar eclipse – now often called a ring of fire eclipse – caught by Geoff Sims on May 10, 2013. The “fire” is really the sun’s brilliant surface, shining behind the moon in the far part of its orbit around Earth. 2019’s only annular eclipse – the third and final solar eclipse of this year – falls on December 26. It’s visible along a narrow path in the world’s Eastern Hemisphere. Like a total solar eclipse, an annular solar eclipse happens when the new moon moves directly in front of the sun. During a total solar eclipse, the new moon completely covers over the solar disk. During an annular eclipse, the lunar disk is too small to totally cover over the sun, so an annulus – or thin ring of the sun’s surface – surrounds the new moon silhouette. The first solar eclipse on January 6, 2019, was a partial solar eclipse, and the second one on July 2, 2019, was a total solar eclipse. Because this is an annular eclipse – not a total solar eclipse – there is no safe window for directly watching this eclipse without proper eye protection."

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_______________________________________________________________________________ High temps on Thursday will be VERY warm across the central part of the nation with temps running nearly +15F to +25F above average! In fact, it could be warm enough for some locations to see record warmth! Meanwhile, folks in the Southwest will be running nearly -5F to -10F below average as areas of rain and high elevation snow continue there. ________________________________________________________________________ Record Warmth On Thursday The map below is the suggested daytime high on Thursday. Note the numbers that have a box around them. These numbers represent the potential record highs for the day! With that said, we could see record warmth n Madison to Milwaukee, WI and even Chicago, IL! _________________________________________________________________________ National Weather Outlook Weather conditions in the Southwest will continue to remain active with areas of heavy rain and snow. Some of the rain could be locally heavy with flooding. Areas of heavy snow will continue across the Four Corners region, so of which could add up to 1ft. or more through the end of the week. This storm will eventually move into the Plains by the weekend with the potential of heavy snow across the Upper Midwest.  ______________________________________________________________________________ Southwest Rain and Snow Another surge of Pacific moisture will impact parts of the Southwest through the end of the week with areas of heavy and high elevation snow. Take a look at the preciptiation potential through 7PM Friday and note that parts of southern California could see nearly 1" to 2" of rain or more, which could lead to localized flooding. There will also be areas of heavy snow in the high elevations, including parts of southern California, where more than 1ft. of snow can't be ruled out throughThursday! _________________________________________________________________________ Heavy Ranifall Potential Here's NOAA's WPC 7-day precipitation potential across the nation, which suggests areas of heavy moisture across the Southwestern US with several inches of rain and feet of snow possible. Note that most of this moisture will impact the region through the 2nd half of the week and should turn drier by the weekend. Meanwhile, Pacific moisture will move out into the Plains over the next several days with areas of decent rain and some snow potential as you head north into the Upper Midwest. Stay tuned! _____________________________________________________________________________ "Heat waves expose city dwellers to higher temperatures than forecast" "People living in cities are disproportionately affected by extreme weather, becoming exposed to higher than predicted temperatures during heat waves. Leiqiu Hu at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and her colleagues analysed temperature and census data from 16 metropolitan areas in the US. They found that during heat waves people living in urban areas experienced temperatures an average of 1.9°C higher than what was forecast. The difference was highest in Salt Lake City, where urban temperatures were 3.8°C higher than predicted. The discrepancy is significant considering that a heat wave is already associated with temperatures on average 3.6°C hotter than normal, says Hu. Different areas within a city have temperature discrepancies throughout the day, which need to be taken into account to make accurate predictions about a population’s heat exposure. “If we consider the population movement and population distribution within a city, actually we have to add another 1.9°C to really represent the city’s exposure temperature to extreme heat,” she says. Much of this was due to the urban heat island effect, in which metropolitan areas are warmer than rural areas as a result of human activity. Materials commonly used in urban areas for roads and roofing, for example, absorb more solar radiation than natural land surfaces." ___________________________________________________________________ "Ask the Weather Guys: What is a good weather book for children ages 10 and up?" "Q: What is a good weather book for children ages 10 and up?A: To answer this question, we asked some of our librarian friends for help.

(We make recommendations independently, but participate in affiliate advertising programs that may pay us commission if you make purchases at Amazon.com and other linked retailer sites.) One suggestion was “How the Weather Works” by Christiane Dorion and Beverley Young (Candlewick, 2011). This pop-up book with pull-tabs and bright illustrations is written for second through fifth graders but will delight older students, too. The book explores normal weather as well as extreme conditions, such as hurricanes and tornadoes. There is a good series of children’s weather books by Nadia Higgins (illustrated by D. Ward). “Weather Watchers: A Children’s Book Series on Weather” includes “It’s a Tornado!,” “It’s a Thunderstorm!,” “It’s Hailing!,” “It’s Snowing!“ and “It’s Raining!” Published by Abdo for a third-grade level, the series demonstrates how weather affects everyone every day."

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__________________________________________________________________"THE BEST UMBRELLAS OF 2019"

"Everyone wants something different in an umbrella. Some prefer style, while others prioritize substance, but we can all agree that umbrellas should keep you dry and hold up in moderate wind. While no umbrella is perfect in a heavy downpour, a solid umbrella will prevent you from showing up to your destination looking like a wet rat. Umbrellas have been around for thousands of years, but after testing 11 of the best umbrellas on the market, we found many still fall short of protecting you from the rain and wind. After months of research, obsessively checking weather reports, and stomping around in our Hunter rain boots, we found that the best umbrella is the Davek Solo Umbrella (available at Davek for $115.00) for its quality, aesthetics, and performance. It's perfect for someone who wants to be sleek and stylish, yet its luxurious fabric and sturdy frame will still keep you dry.

Here are the best umbrellas we tested ranked, in order:

1.) Davek Solo Umbrella 2.) Totes Ultra Clear Bubble Umbrella 3.) Totes Titan Open/Close Foldable Umbrella 4.) G4 54 Inch Automatic Stick Umbrella 5.) Samsonite Windguard Auto Open/Close Umbrella 6.) Lewis N. Clark Windproof Water Repellent Travel Umbrella 7.) Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating 8.) AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Umbrella 9.) Sharpty Inverted Umbrella with Handle and Carrying Bag 10.) Swing Trek Umbrella Liteflex Trekking Umbrella 11.) Leighton Doorman Manual Crook Handle

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______________________________________________________________________ "Miss America winner Camille Schrier blew people away by performing a science experiment onstage as her talent" "Miss America is no longer about swimsuit competitions and evening gowns. On Thursday, five finalists of the 2020 pageant took the stage at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, to showcase their unique talents. Two contestants sang and two others danced, but Camille Schrier from Virginia took a completely different approach: She performed a science experiment onstage. At a table with three flasks containing a combination of hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and food coloring, Schrier poured potassium iodine — her catalyst — into each one to show what she called "the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide." Pouring the catalyst into each flask sparked a chemical reaction, producing colorful streams of foam that cascaded onto the floor around her."

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____________________________________________________________________"After drought, floods compound Somalia's year of climate misery"

"As Somalia withered from drought early this year, and her goats dropped dead from thirst, Maka Abdi Ali begged for rain. When the skies finally opened, nature was unmerciful. Unrelenting downpours in October turned to flash floods, destroying her meagre home and few remaining possessions, and washing away whatever harvest and bony animals farmers managed to save during the months without rain. "I have nothing now," 67-year-old Ali told AFP in a squalid camp on the outskirts of Beledweyne in central Somalia. Here, 180,000 people fled the fast-rising waters in the country's worst floods in memory. The arid Horn of Africa country has always been hostage to climate extremes. Rain is erratic, and drought a feature of life. But catastrophic weather events are occurring in Somalia with ever-greater fury and frequency, trapping millions in a near-constant cycle of crisis. Little by little, the ability to recover is ground down, say experts. There is no time to rebuild homes and replenish food stocks before another disaster strikes. Impoverished and weakened by decades of war, battling an armed insurgency, Somalia is ill-equipped to cope with the destabilising impact of double-tap environmental crises. Aid budgets are stretched trying to respond to back-to-back emergencies. In May, the United Nations launched a drought appeal, warning of looming starvation as Somalia faced its worst harvest on record. Six months later, it's again appealing for help -- this time for $72.5 million (65.1 million euros) for half a million victims of flood. "There hasn't been a day this year where we haven't been talking about either drought or floods," Abigail Hartley, deputy head of office for the UN humanitarian agency OCHA in Somalia, told AFP."

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___________________________________________________________________________"Roasted Australia: Hottest Days on Record for the Continent"

"Australia is having a December heat wave for the ages, with some of the most widespread and intense heat ever observed on the island continent. The nationally averaged high temperature on Wednesday was an astounding 40.9°C (105.6°F), beating the previous daily record of 40.3°C from January 7, 2013. Even more impressive, Thursday topped the Wednesday reading by a full degree Celsius, coming in at 41.9°C (107.4°F). Thursday’s reading is almost certainly the hottest nationally averaged high not only for Australia but for any continent on Earth at any time of year. All other continents see at least some of their summer heat modulated by the presence of either tropical rainforests or cooler midlatitude/high-latitude regions. On Thursday, Nullarbor in South Australia topped out at 49.9°C (121.8°F). This is the highest temperature recorded anywhere on Earth in any December, and the fourth highest at any location on any date in Australian history. The current heat wave is not expected to topple the nation’s all-time single-location record of 50.7°C (123.3°F) set at Oodnadatta, South Australia, on Jan. 2, 1960. I wouldn’t rule out such a reading entirely, though. Nullarbor is located just a few miles inland from the Southern Ocean. On January 23 of this year, Red Rocks Point station—located about three hours west of Nullarbor on the sparsely settled coast, and just 70 meters (230 feet) from the ocean—hit 49.1°C (120.4°C), which is apparently the hottest temperature recorded on Earth so close to open water."

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last updated: 2019-12-26@05:12