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14 Jan 2013, 7:10 am


Snowfall By Midday Friday. A series of clippers may drop a few inches of new snow on northern and northeastern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin this week; maybe an inch for the north metro.


January Golf. My father sent me this photo from Bent Creek Golf Course in beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania yesterday. Golf on January 13? Check out how green the greens were. Highs were stuck near 50, with 60s just south over Maryland and Washington D.C. Big changes on the way later this week though. Thanks Dad.


Windchill In Los Angeles. We certainly feel their pain, don’t we? Cue the crickets. The NWS map above shows observed daytime highs yesterday in the L.A. basin, mostly mid-50s, but 20s and 30s in the mountains north and east of the metro area. All those partially-frostbitten actors and actresses. Tragic.


Freeze Warnings For Phoenix. The Germans have a word for this: “schadenfreude“. Many of us have friends and family in Arizona. Hmm. I realize the weather drifting over our heads is no treat, but today might be a great day to call, text, tweet or e-mail that special someone in Scottsdale – the one who’s always bragging about how great the weather is down there. Do it.


Looks Like Winter. “Grandpa Wally” snapped this photo up in Crosby, North Dakota, where nearly a foot of wind-whipped snow fell Friday.




Snowy Work Of Art. Matt Dux, down at the Kansas City, Missouri office of the National Weather Service, captured this remarkable photo of snowflake over the weekend. Nicely done.

Sun Pillar. Thanks to meteorologist Todd Nelson who captured this shot of a “sun pillar” near his home in St. Michael.

Climate Stories…

China, Mexico Leading Fight On Climate Change With New CO2 Laws. Bloomberg News has the story; here’s an excerpt: “China, Mexico and other emerging economies are leading the fight against climate change by passing laws to cut carbon and raise energy efficiency, the Globe International alliance of lawmakers said today. A study of energy and climate laws in 33 economies showed 18 made “significant” progress in 2012, Globe said today in an e-mailed statement. The alliance, which brings together lawmakers from 70 nations, is meeting in London today and tomorrow to discuss ways in which governments can contribute to the international effort to contain global warming. “This is a game-changing development, driven by emerging economies,” said John Gummer, president of the group and a member of the U.K. upper chamber known as the House of Lords. “The tide is beginning to turn decisively on tackling climate change…”

Let’s Do The Right Thing By Our Kids And Our Planet. Here’s a portion of an Op-Ed at The Australian: “ATTEMPTS to link the frequency of extreme weather events such as this week’s catastrophic bushfire conditions with climate change are usually greeted with derision. But this time it’s highly reputable scientists who are making the link. We should take notice. Pointing out this week that Australia’s heatwave is unprecedented since records have been kept, the Bureau of Meteorology has concluded that the climate system is responding to a background warming trend. It says it doesn’t make sense to try to disentangle it from climate change. The US has just experienced its hottest year on record, with NASA concluding that “there is virtually no explanation other than climate change” for the extreme hot weather of America’s recent past…”

Heatwave Exacerbated By Climate Change: Climate Commission. More fallout from historic levels of heat in Australia this month. Here’s an excerpt of a story from ABC Radio Australia: “A new report from the Federal Government’s Climate Commission says the heatwave and bushfires that have affected Australia this week have been exacerbated by global warming. The report – Off the Charts: Extreme Australian Summer Heat – warns of more extreme bushfires and hotter, longer, bigger and more frequent heatwaves, due to climate change. It says the number of record heat days across Australia has doubled since 1960 and more temperature records are likely to be broken as hot conditions continue this summer...”

Photo credit above: “In this Jan. 4, 2013, photo provided by the Holmes family, Tammy Holmes, second from left, and her grandchildren, two-year-old Charlotte Walker, left, four-year-old Esther Walker, third from left, nine-year-old Liam Walker, eleven-year-old Matilda, second from right, and six-year-old Caleb Walker, right, take refuge under a jetty as a wildfire rages near-by in the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, Australia. The family credits God with their survival from the fire that destroyed around 90 homes in Dunalley. Record temperatures across southern Australia cooled Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, reducing the danger from scores of raging wildfires but likely bringing only a brief reprieve from the summer’s extreme heat and fire risk.” (AP Photo/Holmes Family, Tim Holmes)



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Welcome to the WeatherNation blog. Every day I sift through hundreds of stories, maps, graphics and meteorological web sites, trying to capture some of the most interesting weather nuggets, the stories behind the forecast. I’ll link to stories and share some of the web sites I use. I’m still passionate about the weather, have been ever since Tropical Storm Agnes flooded my home in Lancaster, PA in 1972. I’ve started 5 weather-related companies. “EarthWatch” created the world’s first 3-D weather graphics for TV stations – Steven Spielberg used our software in “Jurassic Park” and “Twister”. My last company, “Digital Cyclone”, personalized weather for cell phones. “My-Cast” was launched in 2001 and is still going strong on iPhone, Android and Blackberry. I sold DCI to Garmin in 2007 so I could focus on my latest venture: WeatherNation. I also write a daily weather column for The Star Tribune And if you’re on Twitter, you’ll find me @pdouglasweather

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