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...DECEMBER 2015 WAS WARMER AND WETTER THAN NORMAL AT DULUTH MN...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR DECEMBER WAS 26.4 DEGREES WHICH WAS 11.6
DEGREES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 14.8 DEGREES MAKING THIS THE 7TH WARMEST
DECEMBER IN STATION HISTORY. THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH
WAS 43 DEGREES ON THE 9TH. THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE WAS 2 DEGREES ON
THE 19TH. NO DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE BROKEN FOR THE MONTH.
ONLY TWO DAYS HAD AVERAGE TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL.  THERE WERE NO
DAYS WITH TEMPERATURES BELOW ZERO THIS DECEMBER WHICH HAS NOT
HAPPENED SINCE 1959. NORMALLY DULUTH HAS 10 DAYS WITH BELOW ZERO
TEMPERATURES.



DECEMBER 2015 WAS WETTER THAN NORMAL WITH A TOTAL OF 3.70 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION RECORDED FOR THE MONTH. THIS WAS 2.49 INCHES ABOVE THE
NORMAL OF 1.21 INCHES MAKING THIS THE 3RD WETTEST DECEMBER IN
RECORDED HISTORY. THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF PRECIPITATION IN A 24 HOUR
PERIOD OCCURRED ON THE 15TH THROUGH THE 16TH WHEN 1.14 INCHES WAS
RECORDED. AT LEAST A TRACE OF PRECIPITATION WAS RECORDED ON 26 DAYS.
AT LEAST 0.01 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL ON 10 DAYS. AT LEAST 0.10
INCHES FELL ON 6 DAYS. AT LEAST 0.50 INCHES FELL ON 3 DAYS.

THERE WAS 24.6 INCHES OF SNOW FOR THE MONTH WHICH IS 6.9 INCHES ABOVE THE
NORMAL OF 17.7 INCHES WHICH MADE IT THE 12TH SNOWIEST DECEMBER IN
STATION HISTORY.