"Scotch Mist" is a weather term defined as a combination of thick mist or fog and heavy drizzle occurring frequently in Scotland and in part of England...or Minnesota.
The natives are getting restless. A glimmer of sun has been hard to come by lately. Warm, moist air continues to flood over the relatively cold ground and dwindling snow pack to produce a sprawling deck of status clouds.
The air temperature about a half mile up in the atmosphere is nearly 60 degrees. This record-breaking warm air aloft gets translated down to the surface as temperatures in the 40s and 50s for the weekend. Indications are that the low-level moisture and clouds may not clear until Wednesday of next week!
Of course this warmer weather has been to the detriment of our trails. Our once predestine packed snow is melting, and melting fast. Just a measly 1 inch of snow is on the ground at a time of the year when we typically see a foot. Be patient, colder/snowier weather is bound to come around again soon. But for now, our odds of a brown Christmas are increasing.
Saturday: Mild day, misty drizzle, closed trails. H: 44° Wind: SW 10
Saturday Night: Cloudy. L: 38°
Sunday: Remaining cloudy, light drizzle. H: 43° L: 32° Wind: SW 5-10
Monday: Light rain. H: 33° L: 29° Wind: N 10
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, getting colder. H: 31° L: 23° Wind: N 10
Wednesday: Here comes the sun! H: 27° L: 20° Wind: NW 2
Cold Benefits the Body: Sure, the body burns more calories by trying to stay warm when excising outdoors in colder weather but there are many more health benefits to colder environments. We may be onto something Minnesotans!
All I want for Christmas...is a gold-plated bike? Whaaat? Yes, it's true. This beauty above sells for an eye-popping $390,000. Who buys this stuff?
"Drunk" Weather Pattern: Sometimes Mother Nature whacks out. Extreme cold follows devastating snow storms during winter whereas punishing tropical storms batter the coast while California burns up in drought during summer. Many people and climate scientists attribute weather extremes and imbalances to climate change. We have to remember, however, that climate change can be caused by many different factors. John Wallace, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Washington sums it up best:
“I think that most people (myself included) have trouble visualizing randomness. Whether it’s the unseasonable weather or an incredibly bad (or good) run of poker hands that seemingly goes on night after night, our memories tend to be selective, we have difficulty remembering past analogues to the current situation, and we’re continually amazed that random processes like the cut of the cards can give rise to what seems to be systematic behavior.”
"Drunk" weather can be a result of many different things, including but not limited to the following:
1. Global Warming
2. Decadal Patterns (Pacific Ocean cycles)
3. Changes in the Stratosphere
4. Air Pollution
A detailed analysis of each plausible cause (or combination thereof) is outlined in this Capitol Weather Gang Washington Post article.
Summer brings warm afternoons perfect for biking, but the summer heat and humidity can also spark thunderstorms and severe weather. Be prepared for any type of adverse weather headed your way with Aeris Pulse.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story