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Heavy Rainfall in South Texas and Hawaii; Below Average Temperatures for Much of the East

Heavy rainfall is expected in extreme southern Texas and parts of the Hawaiian Islands into Monday. Flash-flood watches are effect for both areas. Temperatures from the Great Lakes to the southern Plains and through much of the eastern U.S. are expected to be below to well below average. Air stagnation concerns are likely across interior portions of the Northwest through Monday. Read More >

November Climate Summaries

 and December Outlook

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December Climate Outlook

Temperature Outlook Precipitation Outlook

Normal highs for Duluth, MN begin in the upper 20s at the beginning of the month and cool to the upper teens by the end of December. Normal lows for the month begin in the mid teens and cool to the single digits above zero by the end of the month. Normal precipitation for December is 1.21 inches. Normal snowfall for December is 17.7 inches.

Normal highs for International Falls, MN begin the month in the mid 20s and cool to the mid teens by the end of December. Normal lows begin the month in the single digits above zero and cool to the single digits below zero by the end of the month. Normal precipitation for December is 0.81 inches. Normal snowfall for December is 31.0 inches. 

Normal highs for Brainerd, MN begin the month in the upper 20s and cool to the low 20s by the end of December. Normal lows begin in the mid teens and cool to the single digits above zero by the end of the month. Normal precipitation for December is 0.81 inches. Normal snowfall for December is 9.7 inches.

Normal highs for Hibbing, MN begin the month in the mid 20s and cool to the upper teens by the end of December. Normal lows begin in the single digits above zero and cool to the single digits below zero by the end of the month. 

Normal highs for Ashland, WI begin the month in the low 30s and cool to the mid 20s by the end of December. Normal lows begin in the mid teens and cool to the single digits above zero by the end of the month. 

The latest Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook indicates that odds are tilted toward below normal temperatures across northeast Minnesota, and northwest Wisconsin for December. There is no strong signal toward above or below normal precipitation across all locations in the Northland. 

 

Duluth, MN

Normals for the Month of December
(The monthly climate normals are from a 30 year period defined by the Climate Prediction Center as 1981-2010)

  The Normal, Monthly Average Temperature (degrees F)

14.8

  The Normal, Monthly High Temperature (degrees F)

22.3

  The Normal, Monthly Low Temperature (degrees F)

7.3

 

 

  Normal Monthly Precipitation (inches)

1.21

  Normal Monthly Snowfall (inches)

17.7

 

 

  Normal number of days with Measurable Precipitation

10.5

  Normal number of days with snow depth of 1 inch or greater

5.0

 

 

  Normal Heating Degree Days

1556

  Normal Cooling Degree Days

0

 

Records for the Month of December

  Warmest Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

32.7 in 1877

  Coldest  Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

1.8 in 1983

  Highest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

56 on the 6th in 1939

  Lowest Observed High Temperature (degrees F)

-18 on the 23rd in 1983

  Lowest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

-35 on the 28th in 1917

  Highest Observed Low Temperature (degrees F)

42 on the 23rd in 1877 & on the 4th in 1941

 

 

  Greatest Monthly Precipitation (inches)

3.89 in 1879

  Least Monthly  Precipitation (inches)

0.07 in 1905

  Greatest Daily Precipitation (inches)

1.91 on the 6th in 1950

 

 

  Greatest Monthly Snowfall (inches)

44.3 in 1950

  Least Monthly Snowfall (inches)

0.9 in 1905

  Greatest Daily Snowfall (inches)

23.2 on the 6th in 1950

  Greatest Measured Snow Depth (inches)

34 on the 31st in 1996


International Falls, MN

Normals for the Month of December
(The monthly climate normals are from a 30 year period defined by the Climate Prediction Center as 1981-2010)

  The Normal, Monthly Average Temperature (degrees F)

9.7

  The Normal, Monthly High Temperature (degrees F)

19.0

  The Normal, Monthly Low Temperature (degrees F)

0.4

 

 

  Normal Monthly Precipitation (inches)

0.81

  Normal Monthly Snowfall (inches)

15.0

 

 

  Normal number of days with Measurable Precipitation

10.7

  Normal number of days with snow depth of 1 inch or greater

4.8

 

 

  Normal Heating Degree Days

1714

  Normal Cooling Degree Days

0

 

Records for the Month of December

  Warmest Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

22.8 in 1913

  Coldest  Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

-4.3 in 1983

  Highest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

56 on the 1st & 3rd in 1962

  Lowest Observed High Temperature (degrees F)

-22 on the 31st in 1967

  Lowest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

-41 on the 19th in 1955

  Highest Observed Low Temperature (degrees F)

36 on the 2nd in 1982 & on the 5th in 2015

 

 

  Greatest Monthly Precipitation (inches)

2.00 in 2004

  Least Monthly  Precipitation (inches)

0.07 in 1913

  Greatest Daily Precipitation (inches)

1.21 on the 5th in 1960

 

 

  Greatest Monthly Snowfall (inches)

43.9 in 1992

  Least Monthly Snowfall (inches)

2.5 in 1913

  Greatest Daily Snowfall (inches)

13.7 on the 14th in 2008

  Greatest Measured Snow Depth (inches)

25 on the 1st-6th in 1965 & on the 26th-27th & 31st in 1985

Brainerd, MN

Normals for the Month of December
(The monthly climate normals are from a 30 year period defined by the Climate Prediction Center as 1981-2010)

  The Normal, Monthly Average Temperature (degrees F)

15.3

  The Normal, Monthly High Temperature (degrees F)

24.0

  The Normal, Monthly Low Temperature (degrees F)

6.6

 

 

  Normal Monthly Precipitation (inches)

0.81

 

 

  Normal Heating Degree Days

1540

  Normal Cooling Degree Days

0

 

 

Records for the Month of December

Warmest Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

25.9 in 1931, and 1939

  Coldest  Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

1.9 in 1985

  Highest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

61 on the 6th in 1939

  Lowest Observed High Temperature (degrees F)

-19 on the 24th in 1983

  Lowest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

-43 on the 19th in 1983

 Highest Observed Low Temperature (degrees F)

44 on the 1st in 1962

 

 

  Greatest Monthly Precipitation (inches)

2.34 in 1968

  Least Monthly  Precipitation (inches)

0.06 in 1958

  Greatest Daily Precipitation (inches)

0.88 on the 4th in 1970

 

 

Hibbing, MN

Normals for the Month of December
(The monthly climate normals are from a 30 year period defined by the Climate Prediction Center as 1981-2010)

  The Normal, Monthly Average Temperature (degrees F)

11.3

  The Normal, Monthly High Temperature (degrees F)

21.3

  The Normal, Monthly Low Temperature (degrees F)

1.4

 

 

  Normal Heating Degree Days

1663

  Normal Cooling Degree Days

0

 

 

Records for the Month of December

  Warmest Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

24.7 in 1939

  Coldest  Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

-2.5 in 1983

  Highest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

60 on the 1st in 1962

  Lowest Observed High Temperature (degrees F)

-17 on the 23rd in 1983, and on the 20th in 1989

  Lowest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

-38 on the 19th in 1983

 Highest Observed Low Temperature (degrees F)

44 on the 3rd in 1951

 

 

Ashland , WI

Normals for the Month of December
(The monthly climate normals are from a 30 year period defined by the Climate Prediction Center as 1981-2010)

  The Normal, Monthly Average Temperature (degrees F)

18.4

  The Normal, Monthly High Temperature (degrees F)

26.0

  The Normal, Monthly Low Temperature (degrees F)

10.8

 

 

  Normal Heating Degree Days

1444

  Normal Cooling Degree Days

0

 

 

Records for the Month of December

  Warmest Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

30.0 in 2015

  Coldest  Month (Monthly Average Temperature)

5.5 in 1983

  Highest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

60 on the 19th in 1923, and on the 2nd and 3rd in 1982

  Lowest Observed High Temperature (degrees F)

-11 on the 19th in 1983

  Lowest Observed Temperature (degrees F)

-32 on the 25th in 1933

 Highest Observed Low Temperature (degrees F)

43 on the 7th in 1894