Thanksgiving and Hanukkah occurred on the same date this year. The last time this happened was 1888 and the two holidays won't occur together again until the year 79,811! For kicks and giggles, here are a few things that will happen by the time Thanksgiving and Hanukkah occur together again...
Big thumbs up to my weather producer, Alex Buck, for coming up with this list!
Snow chances begin to increase Monday-Wednesday next week. Accumulations will be possible as a winter storm tries to develop across the plains. The bigger story is the potential for record-setting cold the first half of December. We're talking highs barely getting to zero and lows well below zero. North Dakota and Montana might see high temps around -20 degrees! According to the National Weather Service, this might rival the February 1996 cold weather outbreak. Yikes.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. H: 36° Wind: NW 2-4
Saturday Night: Some clearing. L: 20° Wind: N 2-4
Sunday: Mostly cloudy. H: 32° L: 22° Wind: E 2
Monday: Light snow showers. H: 33° L: 24° Wind: SE 7
Tuesday: Snow, heavy at times. H: 34° L: 26° Wind: SE 10
Wednesday: Snow showers. H: 34° L: 21° Wind: SE 7
Feeling unusually cold lately? For the past week, temperatures across the Midwest have been trending colder than normal. Odds now favor this cold persisting into mid December.
Men and women feel cold differently. Men, on average, have more muscles than women and muscle is good at producing heat. Guess I gotta start hitting the gym.
Exercising out in the cold is like a double workout because in cold weather the body works harder to warm itself up, thus helping you to lose weight.
Smart Phone Thermometer
This year 2WheelWeather will be providing a CycleCast for the upcoming Fatbike Frozen40 in February. I had a chance to catch up with Brad Boyd, the race director and starter of RideFatBikes.com. During our meeting, he asked an interesting question..."will we ever have access to accurate pinpoint/neighborhood weather?" Turns out that getting this hyper local forecast data for your backyard isn't too far off. Various companies have developed ways to utilize our already exiting technologies like traffic cameras and smartphone to acquire and repurpose weather data. So, is a smart phone thermometer...a SmaPhoTherm?
Kids and Bikes
Organizations like the MN League and Crank Sisters have grabbed the interest of young people and have gotten them more involved in cycling. These efforts are contagious and now bike youth programs are popping up all over the metro. The Pillsbury Elementary in Minneapolis, for example, has added biking to their fourth grade curriculum.
The program focuses on kids learning through activity and adventure. Underpinning this idea are the convictions that communities can offer a wealth of bike-accessible resources, and that becoming a safe urban biker empowers kids and builds connections to their communities.
Taking Fatbikes to the Next Level
I always admire cyclists who think outside the box. The Ktrak is like a fatbike...but without the fat tires. Could be cool?
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