Ready or not, winter has returned. With ferocity.

National Weather Service

Obviously, we’re being punished. “It” is back, and probably in a big way. Paul Douglas says, “A total of 1.18″ … by midday Tuesday, all of it falling as snow. No mix, no changeover to ice or rain to keep snowfall amounts down. But that’s less (liquid) moisture falling than Sunday’s 00z run, which was closer to 1.5″ Could the storm still take a more northerly track, pushing the heaviest snow bands into St. Cloud? Absolutely. But as of now I think 6-12″ of snow in a good range across the metro from Monday into midday Tuesday. Then it’s going to get abnormally cold. Other than that, not much to talk about today.”

At MPR, Paul Huttner says: “#Snowmageddon. #Snowpocalypse. #Snowvember. Take your pick of high impact weather hashtags.  All indications point to a blockbuster, and potentially record setting November snow blitz across a big chunk of Minnesota Monday. I’ve been following multiple model runs from many different sources for several days now. Sunday’s AM & midday model runs seem to confirm a major, potentially debilitating heavy snowfall event across central Minnesota, likely including the Twin Cities metro. The only remaining question seems to be if the heaviest snow bands will set up north of the metro, or favor locations including the north metro.” There’s also 20-30 mph winds and there is … sub-zero talk.

Says The Weather Channel, “Interstates that may become snow-covered and slippery Monday morning include stretches of I-90, I-94, I-35 and I-29 in parts of Minnesota, the Dakotas, northern Wyoming and Montana. Some blowing snow may reduce visibility, particularly in rural areas. Road conditions may worsen rapidly in the Twin Cities metro area as heavy snow moves in during the morning rush hour. The Monday afternoon/evening commute may become difficult in parts of northern Michigan, Wisconsin, southern Minnesota and South Dakota, in particular, due to falling and accumulated snow. Some blowing snow may reduce visibility. Flight delays are possible at Minneapolis/St. Paul and Denver (snow), as well as Chicago O’Hare & Midway (low clouds near the warm front).”

So here’s hoping the crops are in, even if they aren’t worth much. Mark Steil at MPR reports, “A big U.S. harvest has pushed soybean and corn prices lower. As a result, the economic future for Minnesota farmers is cloudy. Contrary to the national trend, Minnesota yields were below expectations in some parts of the state. But with low grain prices, farmers are already thinking about how they can cut costs for next year. Unless things improve, many Minnesota farmers will lose money on their crops.”

Now the whispering says the Vikings are conflicted whether they even want Adrian Peterson back. At CBS Sports, Jason La Canfora writes, “The Vikings harbor some serious concerns about Adrian Peterson’s physical and mental state following his prolonged layoff while facing felony child abuse charges, and there are no guarantees at this point that they would welcome him back if reinstated, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. … Peterson has also seemed aloof and immature in the face of such serious charges, sources said, not seeming to grasp the magnitude of the situation, and there is a fear within the team of further backlash if they bring him back.”

Protestors were out (again), trying to save the wolves. Iris Perez at KMSP-TV says, “The first weekend of wolf hunting season in Minnesota was met with a pack of protesters. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources estimated more than 2,400 wolves lived in the state last winter. This year, the DNR will allow 250 of them to be killed, which is 30 more than last year, however, it’s the ‘indiscriminate’ killing of wolves that don’t eat livestock that are causing concerns among wolf advocates.”

I’m guessing they didn’t steal it for its speed. Says Paul Walsh in the Strib, “A 15-year-old boy driving a stolen school bus with a buddy along collided with a new pickup truck on a northwestern Minnesota highway before dawn Sunday, leaving three people injured, authorities said. … Both drivers were injured, as was another boy on the small bus, which belongs to the Circle of Life Academy in White Earth, more than 25 miles from the crash scene, the patrol said.”

Lucky kid. Nathan Wells at SB Nation writes about a U of M hockey player who took a nasty slapshot to the head. “Sophomore Vinni Lettieri left Sunday’s game against Notre Dame in the second period after blocking a slap shot with his helmet. The shot, which came while Minnesota was killing its second consecutive penalty, left Lettieri momentarily motionless on the ice. He was eventually able to skate off the ice with the help of his teammates. As expected when dealing with head injuries, he was not on the bench for the third period and won’t return, per a Gophers spokesman.” Good thing for that helmet, no kid wants to look like Gump Worsley.

Maybe they can get back the $400,000 they dropped on that anti-gay DVDBill Catlin at MPR writes, “The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is planning a 20 percent budget cut and layoffs in its central office. A statement on the archdiocese website states that centralization of services in recent years led to unsustainable growth in spending, and that its budget is unsustainable regardless of unexpected legal and outside professional fees.”

Comments (18)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 11/10/2014 - 06:46 am.

    One small thing to be grateful for

    Last year we had an extended rainfall, then the temperature plummeted, and then the snow came. Which meant we had snow over a sheet of ice.

    And then the temperatures never recovered enough for the rest of the season for the ice to melt or even for ice melting chemicals to be particularly effective. So the driving was awful all season long.

    At least this year (as far as I can tell from checking the Internet) we started with snow. No ice sheet under that.

    So for that small thing I am grateful.

    The rest – not so much . . . . . . . .

  2. Submitted by Jeff Michaels on 11/10/2014 - 09:04 am.

    Cold provides another teachable moment

    Think, for a moment, how awful this cold weather would be if we did not have climate change (nee global warming) going for us.

    Yes, to eliminate the predictable response of my fellow MinnPost readers, I know there is a difference between weather and climate. The establishment media ALWAYS points that out, EXCEPT during the summer when very high temperatures are invariably attributed to global warming (nee climate change.)

    So just think how bad it would be today if not for those wonderful Big Oil companies. I think a thank you card is in order. I have already sent mine.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 11/10/2014 - 09:42 am.

      The Worst Part of the Winter in Minnesota

      Even worse than the painful cold and the gross inconvenience are the silly comments from global warming deniers, who think localized cold and snow proves something. These comments narrowly beat the Weather Channel’s attempts to name winter storms.

      • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 11/10/2014 - 11:23 am.

        It’s not

        global warming. It’s climate change and nothing new at all, caused entirely by humans, or within our complete control at all either. It has been happening for eons. Global warming and cooling has always happened with or without humans. The evidence has always been there, it’s time to quit ignoring it.

  3. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 11/10/2014 - 09:29 am.

    Thanks

    for the Gump Worsley reference. Always enjoyed an athlete who had a cigarette between periods.

  4. Submitted by Joe Smithers on 11/10/2014 - 11:27 am.

    Wolves

    Do they think only certain wolves kill livestock? Obviously it’s the hungry ones that can’t find anything else (Deer) to eat. Deer hunting in MN is too big of a money generator for MN to restrict so they let it go too far and what do you know, there is less food for the wolves to eat and they go after livestock. DNR’s solution is to limit the wolf population. I get that some people have some fanciful attraction to wolves but how many is enough, too little, or enough? My opinion obviously doesn’t matter but protesting when the number is in the thousands seems a bit ridiculous.

    • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 11/12/2014 - 03:59 pm.

      54000

      That’s the number of deer harvested over the first 3 days of firearms deer hunting. Now what will the wolves eat? If the DNR is going to keep allowing numbers like this which is actually a down year then they are going to need to control the wolf population as well.

  5. Submitted by John Edwards on 11/10/2014 - 12:18 pm.

    How much more evidence is needed

    When we experienced high heat several years ago, the then global warming purveyors were very concerned about those changes:

    (http://www.climate.org/PDF/MacCracken_AGU_2010.pdf)

    WWF Climate Witness story from 2007: “My name is Joe Schaedler…. I have lived my whole life in the vicinity of Minneapolis, Minnesota…. Minnesota is considered a part of “The Great White North”, where extremely cold and snowy weather drives residents to stay indoors as much as possible for about a third of the year…. In the late 1990s, this traditional pattern underwent significant changes…. Winter weather used to always come in November at the latest, but for four of the last eight winters, we did not see a day with over an inch of snowfall until the month of December. In the winter of 2004-2005 snow did not fall until late January. Not only is the snow coming later, but the end of the snowy season is coming earlier as well. The historical heavy snowfalls of March are being replaced more and more with rain and melting snow….”

    Thankfully Joe can now rest easy. Early winters are back!
    Yes, sometimes it gets warm, sometimes it gets cold. That does not mean that you have to stop driving SUVs, turn off your air conditioning, furnace, etc. or send money to developing nations to fight global warming, now called climate change because the former did not work out so well for the alarmists. Strange how all those remedies coincide with a left-wing agenda. The right invokes the Bible to get people to do what they want, the left uses nature.

    • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 11/10/2014 - 01:48 pm.

      early/late snowfall

      People always try to say is used to be cold in winter back in the 70’s or 80’s but it isn’t now and think that is proof when they fail to look at cycles in hundreds or thousands of years. When put in perspective any recent warming or cooling is purely anecdotal.

  6. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 11/10/2014 - 12:53 pm.

    Localized deep freeze; for three years running. Watching warmers trudge through mountains of snow in sub-zero windchills is just good, clean fun!

    • Submitted by Tom Clark on 11/10/2014 - 02:16 pm.

      Like #pointergate, more in depth coverage is there if you look

      From a ABC News report yesterday:

      *****

      Courtesy of Nuri

      Residents in the northern United States can thank a whopping tropical cyclone in the Pacific Ocean for the wintry blast.

      The remnants of super Typhoon Nuri rolled up north over Alaska’s Aleutian Islands on Friday, kicking off the ripple of Arctic air in the other direction.

      Nuri is now the strongest known Northern Pacific cyclone on record, according to the National Weather Service Ocean Prediction Center.

      Its remnants plowed into cold air adding violent energy as it went north, similar to what Superstorm Sandy did in the Atlantic two years ago.

      That earned it the weather moniker “bomb cyclone.”

      *****

      Since typhoons are fed by warm surface waters, it’s not unreasonable to say that global warming makes these sort of events more likely.

  7. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 11/10/2014 - 01:57 pm.

    Clearly for Far Too Many of US

    Minnesota is all that exists (and an early snowstorm, therefore, helps undergird their denial that we humans are carelessly changing the world’s climate, worldwide, beyond our ability to move it back to “normal,”),…

    i.e. “I don’t have to allow any of the facts, figures, and statistics showing the reality of global climate change to enter my awareness because we’re having a mid November snowstorm in Minnesota.

    (Of course I have to ignore the unusual origin of this snowstorm, but I’m perfectly fine with that; whatever it takes to pretend within myself that global climate change isn’t happening.)”

    Personally, I’m fairly happy that, because of our location in the middle of the North American continent, Minnesota seems to be (temporarily?) less affected by climate change than many other areas,…

    but I’m not sure how long that will be the case.

    I do know, however, that my budget is not equipped for another prolonged polar vortex, so I’m hoping that the winter of 2014-15 will not share that particular feature with last year.

    • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 11/10/2014 - 02:20 pm.

      What about

      all the facts, figures and statistics that show global climate change was occurring long before humans had any effect on it? The notion that climate change isn’t normal is just plain silly when you look at things in the long term rather than just the past 100 years.

      • Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 11/10/2014 - 06:29 pm.

        Whatever You Do

        Be sure to always, always, always find a way to push as far away from yourself as possible,…

        the facts, figures, and statistics that clearly show that what’s happening now with climate change,…

        how it’s happening and the rate at which it’s happening,…

        is unprecedented in the history of our planet,…

        because you clearly could not handle what would happen to your carefully protected psyche,…

        if you allowed that reality to enter your awareness.

        As for the rest of us, we DO allow the “information” provided by denialists to enter our awareness,…

        compare it to the most honestly-presented, reliable, factual information we can find,…

        and reject the denialist claims because they are not based in fact,…

        but only in a fantasy based on what denialists desperately want and need to be true,…

        for reasons located between their ears which we can’t quite fathom the origin of.

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