WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny and cold with snow flurries possible. Low: 15. High: 28
Happy December and happy first day of Meteorological Winter! Today is the start of the coldest three month, on average, for the northern hemisphere. The 2011 Meteorological Fall was characterized by its very dry and warm ways. The Twin Cities ended up nearly 6 inches behind normal rainfall, which has really taken its toll on some of the local rivers, lakes and ponds. Low water levels may have those fun little natural hockey rinks, in marshy swamps near you, in jeopardy as things start to freeze up. Some may have to resort to seeking out local outdoor ice rinks or to making their own this year. November also boasted one of the top ten warmest November on record in the Twin Cities with temperatures nearly 5.5 degrees above normal. How fitting, on the first day of Meteorological Winter, some of us are getting snow. It won't be enough to turn everything white, but we're on our way. The extended weather models are picking up on a more sinificant chance of snow developing over the weekend. It's still early and things could change, but a plowable snowfall event is looking more and more likely for some in the Upper Midwest... Stay tuned! Meteorologist Todd Nelson.
Old record was fall of 1889 when area got just 1.54 inches of precip.
Average precip for fall is:7.26 inches.
Difference: 5.91 inches
Precip totals for 2011
September: .36 inches
October: .70 inches
November: .29 inches…
Total: Just 1.35 inches of Precip in 2011 during these three months.