26 F. average high for December 18.
17 F. high on December 18, 2010, one year ago yesterday.
61 F. high at Montevideo Sunday afternoon.
60 F. at Mobridge, South Dakota Sunday afternoon, setting an all-time record high for December 18.
No significant storms in sight through the end of 2011.
32 F. predicted high on Christmas Eve (colder on Christmas Day with flurries).
40 F. possible New Year's Eve/Day in the Twin Cities, almost 20 degrees above average.
* The 125 year snowfall average is 45.6", but the rolling 30-year average is closer to 56".
Photo credit: Cristio Tingson, foreground, talks on his cell phone as workers use a backhoe to search for victims of his buried house Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at Iligan city in southern Philippines. Tropical storm Washi blew away Sunday after devastating the southern Philippines with flash floods that killed hundreds of people as they slept and turned two coastal cities into a muddy wasteland filled with overturned cars and uprooted trees. Rescuers dug up eleven bodies but not Tingson's wife and three children. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Photo Of The Day: "Tropical Sunrise". Thanks to Bay Scroggins who sent in this terrific sunrise from Miami. I feel bad for all those Florida and Arizona snowbirds who can't gloat about "all the cold and snow Minnesota is experiencing". In fact Arizona has seen considerably more snow so far this winter season than Minnesota.
Michael Buble Christmas Duet. If you missed SNL Saturday night you owe it to yourself to check out this skit - one of the funniest I've seen in a long time. That's Michael up above teaming up with Justin Bieber (Jimmy Fallon). I almost fell off the sofa when they got to Lady Gaga.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
TODAY: Sunny, turning cooler. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 31
MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and seasonably chilly. Low: 16