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Currently in the Twin Cities — December 1, 2022

The weather, currently.

Warmer already Thursday after a cold early morning

Tuesday’s snowstorm was notable for a couple of reasons. We received 8.4 inches at MSP airport: the third biggest November snowstorm since the great Halloween blizzard of 1991. November 2022 also was the 2nd snowiest in 25 years. We had a total of 13 inches for the month. A warmer atmosphere holds more water vapor, energizing storms and we’ve seen snowfall increase as a result.

Speaking of snow — we might see more Friday night. This next system appears to blanket northern Minnesota more with the snow and perhaps just a coating in the Twin Cities. We’ll also have a roller coaster of temperatures: cold tonight, near freezing Thursday, near 40°F Friday then cold again Saturday.

Sven Sundgaard

What you need to know, currently.

Solar-powered microgrids add climate resilience in rural Vermont communities
Green Mountain Power’s new “resiliency zone” initiative is using outage and other data to pinpoint places in need of local grid upgrades. Its first projects consist of microgrids that will power remote villages during outages.

Tropical Storm Irene caused widespread devastation when it roared into Vermont in the summer of 2011. And few communities fared worse than the remote mountain town of Rochester.

Tucked between the two main ranges of the Green Mountains, Rochester was cut off in every direction for days after flood waters destroyed access roads and other infrastructure. The town’s 1,000-or-so residents, stuck on what had essentially become an island, had no power, internet or phone service.

“People had to queue up in front of the grocery store and be escorted in with flashlights,” recalled Jeffrey Gephart, the town’s energy coordinator. “And somebody had to round up a pump and generator, cordon off the gas station and pump people their 5- or 10-gallon allotment.”

Such extremes promise to get worse in the face of climate change, especially for a town that, because of its valley location, is especially prone to “significant weather,” Gephart said. With that in mind, the local utility, Green Mountain Power, is building a microgrid that will power the central village during outages.

Read the full story by Lisa Prevost from Energy News Network here.

What you can do, currently.

We are ramping up efforts to finish building Project Mushroom asap — a safe platform to promote connection, mutual aid, and transformative action at a critical moment in history. ​​We need your help.

Several community members have committed to a matching fund of $8,815 that will be used to match dollar-for-dollar all Kickstarter pledges made using this link through December 2nd.