Weather: It was a cold weekend across the state of Minnesota. Alexandria hit a cool high on Sunday of just one degree above zero.
Thankfully, a warm-front arrived on Monday, Dec. 16, as we finally started to warm up once again, as daytime high temperatures were back into the 20s and even some lower 30s.
That frontal boundary system, however, did bring some light snow with the arrival of the warm-front. Many spots across Minnesota picked up a couple of inches of snowfall on Monday, with another one to two inches of snowfall Monday night with the second wave.
Weather: Wind chill advisories and wind chill warnings were with us for much of the weekend and into Monday. At times, wind chill values dropped to 35 below to 40 below zero.
The actual air temperatures struggled to make it above zero on Saturday and again on Monday. Most locations failed to make it above zero for daytime high temperatures.
Of course, the sun made things look pleasant, but once you stepped outdoors you soon learned the truth.
Light snow did fall across parts of Minnesota Sunday evening into early Monday. One to two inches of snow were common by Monday morning across Central and West Central Minnesota.
Temperatures over the weekend were right on track for this time of the year. We started off the month of December on Sunday with daytime high temperatures near average for early December.
For example, Alexandria hit 27 degrees on Sunday for the daytime high temperature. Some other temperatures on Sunday were: Morris topped out at 32 degrees, Kimball rose to 30 degrees, Elbow Lake warmed to 28 degrees, Crosby reported 25 degrees, Menahga reached 23 degrees, and Sebeka was a cooler 21 degrees.
Temperatures remained mild on Tuesday and Wednesday as a storm system pushed across Minnesota. Winter storm watches and warnings were posted for much of Minnesota on Monday night and Tuesday as enough snowfall and winds created difficult driving conditions at times.
Weather: Last week we discussed the devastation of the typhoon in the Philippines that killed thousands. That nation is still trying to clean up and recover bodies. This week, however, we have to talk of terrible weather closer to home over the weekend.
On Sunday afternoon, parts of the Midwest were hit with a tornado outbreak that killed at least eight people as of Monday, Nov. 18. This storm moved across 12 states and some 48 twisters popped up in its path.
The National Weather Service was well out in front of this storm. They had earlier in the day put out a high risk assessment for the threat of tornadoes. This typically happens only on average about three times a year for the likely threat of a great tornado outbreak across a large area.
I’m sure most of you have seen the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan which demolished huge swathes of the Philippines.
The city of Tacloban bore much of the brunt of the storm, along with other coastal communities.
It’s hard to even imagine, but the storm had maximum sustained winds of 195 mph and waves of 19 feet. As a result, early death tolls have been more than 1,200, but many experts expect that number to climb to 10,000 or more.
Bodies were literally hanging from trees in the Philippines because of the huge waves. Those involved in the rescue from the Red Cross said that the last time they had seen this kind of devastation was in the “aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami.” This refers to the “2004 disaster that claimed about 220,000 lives.”