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Cool and Dry in the East; Turning Stormy in the Northwest

Much cooler temperatures behind a cold front will bring a feeling of fall to the East Coast today. In addition, an active fall storm pattern developing in the Pacific Northwest this week will bring areas of heavy rain and high elevation snow. Northern California will benefit from rainfall this week that will aid firefighters given the recent large wildfires. Read More >



December of 2013 will be remembered as very snowy and cold across the Northland. 

The month began with a large winterstorm that brought heavy snow to most of the region. The highest snowfall totals of 2 to 3 feet were found along the north shore of Lake Superior from Duluth to Two Harbors. The 3-day storm brought an impressive
23.3 inches to the Duluth Airport

The south shore of Lake Superior was not to be out done. A long-duration lake effect snow event dumped in excess of 30 inches on the northern Wisconsin community of Ashland from December 21st through 23rd, 2013.  


For a summary of the record cold observed this month
 please visit:  
Cold Snaps of December.

Top Snowiest Decembers:    

Duluth, MN

International Falls, MN

Rank   Value  Year
1.        44.3 inches 1950

2.        42.3 inches 1996
3.        39.9 inches 2013

Rank   Value  Year
  1       43.9     1992
  2       36.0     2008
  3       31.1    1990
  4       26.4    2013
  5       26.2     2009
  6       24.6     1996


View the Latest Duluth December
 Climate Summary HERE

View the Latest Int'l Falls
December Climate Summary HERE