27 F. average high on December 15.
39 F. high on December 15, 2012.
5" snow on the ground at MSP.
Minnesota Weather History on December 15. Source: Twin Cities National Weather Service
2000: A surface low pressure system tracked east-northeast through Iowa on the 18th and then into western Illinois during the early evening hours. Extreme south central and southeast Minnesota received 6 to 10 inches of snow, including Albert Lea with 10.5 inches, Kiester and Bixby with 6.0 inches.
1972: Fairmont had its fifteenth consecutive day with lows at or below zero degrees Fahrenheit.
1940: Snowstorm hits state. Water equivalent of the snow was 1.27 inches at Winona.
By the time December rolls around I feel like a zombie-extra in "The Walking Dead". It isn't the cold, the snow or even raging holiday-shopping-post-traumatic-stress disorder. It's a dire lack of sunlight that has me blue.
Today we'll see 8 hours, 47 minutes of daylight. That compares with 15 hours, 37 minutes on June 21. Many of have at least a mild case of SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder. That's one reason why we hang strands of holiday lights on our homes; an electrified version of an 18th century tradition - when Germans put candles on their Christmas trees to brighten up an otherwise-dark and somber midwinter sky.
Positive spin: we pick up 3 minutes of daylight by December 31; temperatures start to rise, at least historically, about 3 weeks later.
Another clipper brushes us with a coating to 1 inch today; more north and east of the Twin Cities. No big storms are brewing between now and Christmas, at least close to home.
After enduring snow & ice last weekend highs surge into the 50s on the East Coast next weekend, while we enjoy another brief polar plunge. Models show another upward blip in temperature next week; maybe 30s on Christmas Eve?
The way this month is going I'd call that a "warm front".
Photo credit above: "A woman swims in the pool at the David Citadel Hotel during a snowstorm of rare intensity in Jerusalem, Dec. 13, 2013. Snow blanketed Jerusalem and parts of the occupied West Bank Friday, choking off the city and stranding hundreds of vehicles on impassable roads." (Brian Snyder/Pool via The New York Times)
Photo credit above: "An installer prepares a roof for solar panels in Encinitas (San Diego County). Home buyers tend to prefer newer systems." Photo: Sam Hodgson, Bloomberg.
TODAY: Weak Alberta Clipper: coating to 1" of snow possible, especially western WI. Winds: SW 10. High: 23
MONDAY NIGHT: Flurries taper. Low: 18
TUESDAY: Sunny peeks, nice to be "average" again. High: 26
WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny and milder. Wake-up: 13. High: 32
THURSDAY: Light snow arrives, heavier north. Wake-up: 20. High: 29 (falling sharply late in the day)
FRIDAY: Sunny and colder. Wake-up: 4. High: 12
SATURDAY: Reinforcing clipper arrives. Windy. Wake-up: 8. High: 17
SUNDAY: Sunny, fleeting polar pain. WC: -20. Wake-up: 0. High: 4