By Todd Nelson
Welcome to Winter! After an extremely warm start to December, temperatures have finally settled into a below average position and will continue through the New Year. Even with the more recent cool spell, December temperatures are running nearly 4 degrees above average. Interestingly, the only month that will have finished with below average temperatures in 2012 is October.
A recent article released by MN state climatologist Pete Boulay said that 2012 will wind up in a tie for the warmest year on record in the Twin Cities along with 1931. 2012 across the nation will likely wind up being the warmest year on record!
Thanks to about 2.5" of fluff late last week, the Twin Cities will end up with 15" of snow for the month, which is nearly 4" above the December average. Season to date, the Twin Cities has only seen 15.8" of snow, which is nearly 5" below normal.
A blob of Arctic air will get hung up over the Hudson Bay into the new year. Several moisture starved clipper systems will sail in from the northwest, sending frequent bouts of that cold stuff our way through next week. Other than a few light flurries it looks like a shovel free forecast for a while. -Todd Nelson
Todd's Conservation MN Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. South wind develops, clipper arrives late. High: 25.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Moisture starved clipper system rolls through, a few flurries possible. Cold NW winds develop. Low: 6
NEW YEAR'S EVE: Cold! Closing the books on 2012. High: 7
NEW YEAR'S EVE NIGHT: Stay warm ringing in the New Year!. Low: -7
Highs on New Year's Day
Highs From Normal on Tuesday
Take a look at how much colder than average high temperatures will be on Tuesday.
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