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Fall Climate Summaries

 and Winter Outlook

Fall defined as September, October, and November

Winter defined as December, January, and February

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Winter Climate Outlook

(Winter defined as December, January, and February)

Temperature Outlook Precipitation Outlook

Normal highs for Duluth, MN start in the upper 20s in early December and cool to the upper teens above zero by mid January. By the end of February highs warm back up to the upper 20s. Normal lows start in the mid teens above zero in early December and cool to near zero by mid January. By the end of February lows warm up to the low teens above zero. Normal precipitation for the winter is 2.98 inches. Normal snowfall for the winter is 49.5 inches. 

Normal highs for International Falls, MN start in the mid 20s in early December and cool to the mid teens above zero by mid January. By the end of February normal highs warm to the upper 20s. Normal lows start in the single digits above zero in early December and cool to the single digits below zero by mid January. By the end of February lows warm back up to the single digits above zero. Normal precipitation for winter is 2.00 inches. Normal snowfall for the winter is 40.8 inches. 

Normal highs for Brainerd, MN start in the upper 20s in early December and cool to the low 20s by mid January. By the end of February highs warm up to the low 30s. Normal lows start in the mid teens above zero in early December and cool to near zero by mid January. By the end of February lows warm up to the low teens. Normal precipitation for the winter is 2.25 inches. Normal snowfall for the winter is 26.2 inches. 

Normal highs for Hibbing, MN start in the mid 20s in early December and cool to the upper teens by mid January. By the end of February highs warm up to the upper 20s. Normal lows start in the single digits above zero in early December and cool to the single digits below zero by mid January. By the end of February lows warm up to the single digits above zero. 

Normal highs for Ashland, WI start in the low 30s in early December and cool to the low 20s by mid January. By the end of February highs warm back up tot he low 30s. Normal lows start in the mid teens in early December and cool to the single digits above zero by mid January. By the end of February lows warm up to the low teens.

For all locations the latest Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook indicates that odds are slightly tilted toward above normal precipitation. For all locations except for Ashland, odds are slightly tilted toward below normal temperatures. For Ashland there is no clear indication for above or below normal temperatures.

 

Duluth, MN

Meteorological winter is defined as December, January, and February

Normals for the Winter Season
(The seasonal climate normals are from a 30 year period defined by the Climate Prediction Center as 1981-2010)

  The Normal, Seasonal Average Temperature (degrees F)

13.3

 

 

  Normal Seasonal Precipitation (inches)

2.98

  Normal Seasonal Snowfall (inches)

49.5

 

 

  Normal Heating Degree Days

4653

  Normal Cooling Degree Days

0

 

Records for the Winter Season

  Warmest Season (Seasonal Average Temperature)

28.0 in 1877-1878

  Coldest  Season (Seasonal Average Temperature)

3.7 in 1874-1875

 

 

  Greatest Seasonal Precipitation (inches)

8.66 in 1968-1969

  Least Seasonal Precipitation (inches)

1.15 in 1941-1942

 

 

  Greatest Seasonal Snowfall (inches)

87.5 in 1968-1969

  Least Seasonal Snowfall (inches)

14.4 in 1894-1895

 

International Falls, MN

Meteorological winter is defined as December, January, and February

Normals for the Winter Season
(The seasonal climate normals are from a 30 year period defined by the Climate Prediction Center as 1981-2010)

  The Normal, Seasonal Average Temperature (degrees F)

8.1

 

 

  Normal Seasonal Precipitation (inches)

2.00

  Normal Seasonal Snowfall (inches)

40.8

 

 

  Normal Heating Degree Days

5123

  Normal Cooling Degree Days

0

 

Records for the Winter Season

  Warmest Season (Seasonal Average Temperature)

19.6 in 1997-1998

  Coldest  Season (Seasonal Average Temperature)

-2.9 in 1978-1979

 

 

  Greatest Seasonal Precipitation (inches)

4.80 in 2012-2013

  Least Seasonal Precipitation (inches)

0.38 in 2001-2002

 

 

  Greatest Seasonal Snowfall (inches)

81.8 in 2008-2009

  Least Seasonal Snowfall (inches)

15.5 in 1959-1960

 

Brainerd, MN

Meteorological winter is defined as December, January, and February

Normals for the Winter Season
(The seasonal climate normals are from a 30 year period defined by the Climate Prediction Center as 1981-2010)

  The Normal, Seasonal Average Temperature (degrees F)

14.3

 

 

  Normal Seasonal Precipitation (inches)

2.25

  Normal Seasonal Snowfall (inches)

26.2

 

 

  Normal Heating Degree Days

4563

  Normal Cooling Degree Days

0

 

Records for the Winter Season

  Warmest Season (Seasonal Average Temperature)

22.4 in 1930-1931

  Coldest  Season (Seasonal Average Temperature)

1.1 in 1903-1904

 

 

  Greatest Seasonal Precipitation (inches)

5.25 in 1968-1969

  Least Seasonal Precipitation (inches)

0.65 in 1960-1961

 

 

  Greatest Seasonal Snowfall (inches)

62.6 in 1968-1969

  Least Seasonal Snowfall (inches)

5.5 in 1960-1961

 

Hibbing, MN

Meteorological winter is defined as December, January, and February

Normals for the Winter Season
(The seasonal climate normals are from a 30 year period defined by the Climate Prediction Center as 1981-2010)

  The Normal, Seasonal Average Temperature (degrees F)

9.9

 

 

  Normal Heating Degree Days

4957

  Normal Cooling Degree Days

0

 

Records for the Winter Season

  Warmest Season (Seasonal Average Temperature)

21.6 in 1997-1998

  Coldest  Season (Seasonal Average Temperature)

-0.6 in 2013-2014

 

 

 

Ashland, WI

Meteorological winter is defined as December, January, and February

Normals for the Winter Season
(The seasonal climate normals are from a 30 year period defined by the Climate Prediction Center as 1981-2010)

  The Normal, Seasonal Average Temperature (degrees F)

16.4

 

 

  Normal Heating Degree Days

4370

  Normal Cooling Degree Days

0

 

Records for the Winter Season

  Warmest Season (Seasonal Average Temperature)

23.8 in 2001-2002

  Coldest  Season (Seasonal Average Temperature)

6.3 in 1978-1979