Sign of a Cold Winter?

This map shows snow on the ground across the U.P. and southern Canada.  This morning 22.3% of the contiguous U.S. woke up to a snowcover.  I have records going back to 2003 and that’s the most snow ever on any Nov. 7.  The 14-year average from 2003-2016 is 8.5%.  If you include this year to get a 15-year average, it’s 9.4%.  The snow cover ranges from the U.P. west across the Northern Plains into the Rockies and Pacific NW.

  Here’s snow cover in N. America – that’s a lot of snow this early in the season.  Snow reflects most of the sun’s light back to space and snow radiates heat back to space more efficiently than bare ground.  Early, extensive snow cover is more often followed by a colder and/or snowier winter in the Great Lakes and N. Plains.  Looks like a cold December and a White Christmas.

  Here’s the snowfall anomaly (difference from average) this AM from the Rutgers Univ. Snow Lab.  That’s a lot of snow on the ground for the first week of November.

  This map shows low temperatures last night.  Quite the contrast of cold and warm.  The warmest temperatures in the U.S. yesterday was 100 at Rio Grande, Texas.  Brownsville and Corpus Christi reached 91 and Houston had a record high of 89.  On the other hand, look at the cold from Minnesota to Montana, where there is snow on the ground and there were some temperatures below zero.  West Yellowstone MT. had the nation’s low of -15.  Hallock MN dropped to -8.  Togo MN was 1 above zero.  They have 7″ of snow on the ground.  Duluth has 3″ on the ground.  Grand Forks ND dipped to -6.  They have 5″ of snow on the ground.

  This pic. this AM is Elk Park, Montana, where the temperature dipped to an unofficial -21F.  Here’s some low temps. from N. Dakota.

This screen grab from the camera shows a deer look for a little lunch amid the snow on the ground.  Snow cover in the U.P:  5″ Painesdale, 4″ Herman, 3″ Ironwood, 2″ Hancock, 1″ Paulding.

  Here’s an early PM screen grab from our Storm Team 8 Amway Grand Plaza camera.  Note the beautiful color around Rosa Park Circle.  The fall color change is a little later than usual this year, due to the warm weather we had in Sept. and Oct.

  Here’s an early afternoon pic. from the S. Haven GLERL camera (from NOAA Coastwatch).  You can see the darker-colored water coming out of the channel moving out and to the left with a northwest wind.  There’s one fisherman out there, and we’ve seen a few boats still coming in and out of the channel.  The mid-Lake Michigan buoy is still out there 40 miles west of Holland and it reports a water temp. of 52.7.  The S. Haven buoy is still there and reports a water temp. of 51.3.  All the buoys will be picked up soon and put back in probably next April.

  Accumulating snow on the way for NW Lower MI and the U.P.

Also:  How the Mackinac Bridge came to be.  Look at this beautiful pic. from Glacier N. PSome heavy-duty early season cold across CanadaVery heavy snow in Italy.  Seattle saw one of its earliest snow events on record.   Massive early season snowfall in the Alps (nice pic. at link!).  Beautiful fall colorsHurricanes spawned 119 tornadoes in the U.P. during this hurricane seasonArctic air on the way for the Great Lakes and NortheastFall colors in the Virginia Mountains“Kit surfing” in IsraelOn this date in 1940, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge twisted and fell in a strong wind.  I remember seeing the film of this in elementary school.

Kp index ramped up to 5 – will be checking for a chance to see the Northern Lights.

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