Heavy snow collapses Minneapolis Metrodome roof

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 6:22 PM GMT on December 12, 2010

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A raging December blizzard buried Minneapolis, Minnesota under 17 inches of snow over the weekend, triggering the collapse early this morning of the air-inflated roof of the Minneapolis Metrodome, home of the Minnesota Vikings football team. The storm roared out of Canada on Friday morning, bringing heavy snow, sustained winds of 25 – 35 mph, and blizzard conditions through Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. The heaviest snows occurred near Osceola, Wisconsin, where 23 inches fell. The storm also dumped 21" at Noisy Basin, Montana, 14" in Williston, ND, and 14" in Negaunee, MI. Officially, 17.1” of snow fell at the Minneapolis airport; 16.3” of it on Saturday. Saturday's snow amounted to 1.75” of melted precipitation, for a snow-to-water equivalent ratio of 9:1. For those of you who've ever shoveled snow know, that's a very wet, heavy snow, and its no wonder the roof of the Metrodome had trouble with such a huge weight of snow.


Figure 1. Amount of precipitation for the 24 hours ending at 1am EST Sunday, in melted snow equivalent. Up to two inches of precipitation fell (brown colors) near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. Image credit: NOAA /NOHRSC.

In the wake of the storm, bitterly cold air from Canada will sweep southwards into the U.S., and high temperatures near 0°F are expected for Minneapolis on Monday. Lows near -30°F are expected in northern Minnesota near International Falls on Monday night. The cold will penetrate into Florida's orange groves Monday night, with lows in the mid-20s expected in Orlando.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting P451:

WOW!
That's scary stuff.
Should see a spike in oil prices soon.....
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Quoting pottery:
Well, I have a hard and busy day ahead.
There is a Gang of Thugs coming to erect scaffolding and wash this old house (mildew on walls).
So I have to sit in the shade, with a cold beer, and shout instructions.
Dont know what I did to deserve this.....

But I will be thinking warm thoughts, for you all!


Well enjoy your wonderful day Sir!!

Sun came up....vampires head home for warm bed!!
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Quoting IKE:


Lucky. Take a cold swig for me.


No Problem!
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You rock Pottery!
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665. IKE
Quoting pottery:
Well, I have a hard and busy day ahead.
There is a Gang of Thugs coming to erect scaffolding and wash this old house (mildew on walls).
So I have to sit in the shade, with a cold beer, and shout instructions.
Dont know what I did to deserve this.....

But I will be thinking warm thoughts, for you all!


Lucky. Take a cold swig for me.

Gotta get ready for work:(
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Member Since: July 25, 2006 Posts: 2 Comments: 805
Well, I have a hard and busy day ahead.
There is a Gang of Thugs coming to erect scaffolding and wash this old house (mildew on walls).
So I have to sit in the shade, with a cold beer, and shout instructions.
Dont know what I did to deserve this.....

But I will be thinking warm thoughts, for you all!
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662. IKE
Looking at the 6Z GFS model run, I don't see temps the next 7-10 days approaching what we have for cold now.

Temps are headed for a big rebound starting tomorrow.
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I love old people!!....LMFAO!!
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Quoting traumaboyy:


Good Morning Sir!!

All the angry and mean retorts I could muster only prove that I am completely JELOUS!!
Quoting IKE:


Rub it in.

PWS 6 miles from me....

WZEP AM 1460 DeFuniak Springs, FL, DeFuniak Springs, Florida (PWS)
Updated: 2 sec ago
22.2 °F
Clear
Windchill: 22 °F
Humidity: 57%
Dew Point: 10 °F
Wind: 0.0 mph
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 30.20 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Pollen: .60 out of 12
Pollen Forecast new!
Clouds: Clear -
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 174 ft



heheheheh
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Quoting pottery:
Good Morniong...
81 here already.
I dont think it will snow today.


Good Morning Sir!!

All the angry and mean retorts I could muster only prove that I am completely JELOUS!!
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Good Morning all! 29 here in Cfl.
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656. IKE
Quoting pottery:
Good Morniong...
81 here already.
I dont think it will snow today.


Rub it in.

PWS 6 miles from me....

WZEP AM 1460 DeFuniak Springs, FL, DeFuniak Springs, Florida (PWS)
Updated: 2 sec ago
22.2 °F
Clear
Windchill: 22 °F
Humidity: 57%
Dew Point: 10 °F
Wind: 0.0 mph
Wind Gust: 0.0 mph
Pressure: 30.20 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Pollen: .60 out of 12
Pollen Forecast new!
Clouds: Clear -
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 174 ft

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Good Morniong...
81 here already.
I dont think it will snow today.
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Quoting IKE:


That's cold!

Suns-up now....hoping it'll touch 50 today.


AMEN!!

50 would be a heat wave!!
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653. IKE
Quoting traumaboyy:


Morning IKE!

20.7 right here.....and Wind still a Howling!!

When we grow up....we gotta move to FLORIDA!!


That's cold!

Suns-up now....hoping it'll touch 50 today.
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Quoting IKE:
Still dropping...25.0 now.

Sunrise in about 20 minutes.


Morning IKE!

20.7 right here.....and Wind still a Howling!!

When we grow up....we gotta move to FLORIDA!!
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651. IKE
Quoting PakaSurvivor:

Good Morning Ike. Favre? I guess no ESPN, Sports Talk Radio and no football games for you! Favre - Farve - Farve


That's all they have talked about. Incredible streak...but, I've heard about 10 times the streak started when Bush Sr. was President.

My low...24.8.
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Quoting IKE:
25.3 my new morning low.

Forecast high Thursday...68.

Friday high....72.

.........................................

Off topic...I'm sick of hearing about Brett Favre. Enough.

Good Morning Ike. Favre? I guess no ESPN, Sports Talk Radio and no football games for you! Favre - Farve - Farve
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649. IKE
Still dropping...25.0 now.

Sunrise in about 20 minutes.
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8 degrees with wind chill in Mobile,al. this morning! I think I will use a "sick" day.
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32.2 here in Lake Worth.
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22 deg in Concord NC
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645. IKE
25.3 my new morning low.

Forecast high Thursday...68.

Friday high....72.

.........................................

Off topic...I'm sick of hearing about Brett Favre. Enough.
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Quoting Jedkins01:

Is believing in panic of the world heating really worth it? And let me guess, once they finally find out Global Warming is false, the scientists who have a bias about this junk will also play a God complex by claiming they slowed the effects of Global Warming with proper advanced warning.

My, you are on a roll! Please don't let silly things like logic or science slow you down! ;-)

Still in the upper 30s here in Naples; we avoided a freeze. More importantly, the produce-growing areas inland appear to still be staying mostly just above freezing, and the constant wind will keep frost away, so we might just get lucky here if temps can hang in there for just another hour or so.
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643. IKE
Quoting PensacolaDoug:
Mornin Ike. I bottomed out at 23.9F at 10:28PM last eve. At that point, I really thought the bottom was gonna drop out but then the breeze kicked in a little to mix it up and we recovered a little.


That's colder then my low.
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Mornin Ike. I bottomed out at 23.9F at 10:28PM last eve. At that point, I really thought the bottom was gonna drop out but then the breeze kicked in a little to mix it up and we recovered a little.
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640. IKE
26.4 my temperature and low...so far.
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Quoting JFLORIDA:
629 I actually pleasantly surprised there is as much integrity in reputable science as there is. Cant say the same for the denial crowd. Not even close.

This happens every winter around here. Its cold and so global warming is over and another ice age is beginning.

Dont worry it will be very hot again very soon.



It's the heat I am worried about actually.

I am still of the unfortunate opinion that the arctic ice could be completely gone in three years. All it will take is the right set of conditions, a abnormally hot arctic summer, a slight change in the wind conditions, and the transport of arctic ice South will remove all the multiyear ice.

I just hate the skeptics that are perfectly comfortable being alarmist about fellow Americans ("they trying to take over the world, we have a sacred duty to stop this imaginary army of scientists, quick , fire up the cannons of disinformation - but remember to use the easy easy to handle ammunition, nothing hard to understand...") but when a person creates a scenario based on physical evidence, that person is called alarmist.
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Quoting traumaboyy:


And my answer will be I would rather have a hurricane than a blizzard any day of week and TWICE on Sunday!!
Quoting KoritheMan:


But you said "give me hurricanes". I'll hold you to that, you know. :)
Quoting KoritheMan:


But you said "give me hurricanes". I'll hold you to that, you know. :)


WHy would I need to worry about Hurricanaders anyways??

We had our shields up last season and next season we will hit them with our photon torpedos!!
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Quoting KoritheMan:


But you said "give me hurricanes". I'll hold you to that, you know. :)


And my answer will be I would rather have a hurricane than a blizzard any day of week and TWICE on Sunday!!
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Quoting JFLORIDA:
629 I actually pleasantly surprised there is as much integrity in reputable science as there is. Cant say the same for the denial crowd. Not even close.

This happens every winter around here. Its cold and so global warming is over and another ice age is beginning.

Dont worry it will be very hot again very soon.




Is believing in panic of the world heating really worth it? And let me guess, once they finally find out Global Warming is false, the scientists who have a bias about this junk will also play a God complex by claiming they slowed the effects of Global Warming with proper advanced warning.
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Quoting traumaboyy:


As long as you don't say Panama City in your forecast I will keep my mouth shut!!


But you said "give me hurricanes". I'll hold you to that, you know. :)
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Quoting JFLORIDA:
I like the cold usually. But its really cold out there and kinda windy. The meteor show is going in spurts with long cold pauses.


Just got out for a few minutes to have a look (21F here but I have the appropriate clothing). Saw at least 1/minute, some a lot brighter than others. Nice. Look to the north, about 45-50 degrees above the horizon.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Don't say anything when I wishcast them to you next year. ;)


As long as you don't say Panama City in your forecast I will keep my mouth shut!!
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Quoting traumaboyy:


Give me mosquitos, flies, sweat, ants, HURRICANES, just bring back the HEAT!!!


Don't say anything when I wishcast them to you next year. ;)
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Quoting calusakat:

I take exception with but one word 'Democratic' substitute 'aristocratic' or 'money grubber' and you would be much closer to the truth.

Tom Cruise, in the movie Jerry McGuire, yelled...'Show me the money!!!'

In the world of AGW it is all about the money.




Money grubber? Because there is so much money to be made in science....Not! Most scientists chose science over a much more lucrative career. Sure there is a variety personal reasons for each scientist but I don't think any scientist is stupid enough to chose it for the money - at least not the ones doing research. There is just as much money for research against Global Warming as there is for it. Maybe that sounds untrue to people who have been raised in politics and think in party ideologies rather than physical facts, but I don't think there is a Global Warming supporter alive who wouldn't be absolutely ecstatic to find evidence against global warming.

DO have any idea how easy it would be for a scientist to get rich finding proof against global warming? All they have to do is find little dew drops of counter evidence, start a blog, (drastically) lower their integrity standards, and take donations. What's Up With That?

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Quoting KoritheMan:


Haha.

Lakes generally tend to moderate the temperature of a given area (unless the surface flow is offshore), depending upon their respective size. A lake in the back yard of a person, for example, will not produce an appreciable effect on air temperature, while a much larger lake, like Lake Okeechobee or Pontchartrain, most certainly will. Again, provided the surface flow is blowing toward a particular locale(s), rather than away from it. The latter is very likely why you are colder than Kerry.


Give me mosquitos, flies, sweat, ants, HURRICANES, just bring back the HEAT!!!
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Quoting traumaboyy:


Enjoy it Bro!!

THere is a lake next to where I work and the only affect it really has is keeping the wind blowing all the time when it is cold. Oh yeah and the thick advection fog on warmer mornings...lol


Haha.

Lakes generally tend to moderate the temperature of a given area (unless the surface flow is offshore), depending upon their respective size. A lake in the back yard of a person, for example, will not produce an appreciable effect on air temperature, while a much larger lake, like Lake Okeechobee or Pontchartrain, most certainly will. Again, provided the surface flow is blowing toward a particular locale(s), rather than away from it. The latter is very likely why you are colder than Kerry.
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Quoting DoverWxwatchter:
Caribou, ME was 57 at midnight.  That's only one degree away from their record high for the month of December.  At midnight!


Things will turn around once they get on the cold side of that low. Highs in the low 20s by Sat.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Never underestimate the power of warm air advection (in this case, from Lake Pontchartrain).


Enjoy it Bro!!

THere is a lake next to where I work and the only affect it really has is keeping the wind blowing all the time when it is cold. Oh yeah and the thick advection fog on warmer mornings...lol
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Quoting traumaboyy:


Glad to hear you gettin better. I see why it is colder here from the direction of the blast but I would think things would historically be colder in your neck of the woods.


Never underestimate the power of warm air advection (in this case, from Lake Pontchartrain).
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Quoting KerryInNOLA:
I'm recovering from an infection. I'm a diabetic. It's going down to 26-28 here tonight.
How's everything in your neck of the woods? This cold snap should keep everybody but the real sick at home.


Glad to hear you gettin better. I see why it is colder here from the direction of the blast but I would think things would historically be colder in your neck of the woods.
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