Long range forecast for December 2020, and a look at past December snowfall totals and average temps at Duluth, Minnesota (2000-2019)

-The forecast for December 2020 calls for above normal temps and below normal precipitation across northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

-The latest CFS outlook for December shows average monthly temperatures finishing around 4 to 5 degrees C above normal across the Northland, so although the month overall is expected to feature above normal temps, there could still be occasional cold snaps mixed in throughout the month, but the cold air wouldn’t stick around for very long.

-On average, there are 9 days in December where the minimum temperature is <0 degrees at Duluth, Minnesota. Will see how many subzero nights we get in Duluth this December, but the way it looks now I think will have fewer than 9 subzero nights in December 2020.

Can Green Bay play Chicago every Sunday? What a game last night! Chicago is horrible! Ok back to the weather…..

As for precip/snowfall…Looks like will have less snow compared to normal across the Northland in December 2020, this doesn’t mean we won’t get hit by a storm or two, but odds favor below average snowfall for the month, and the forecast at least through most of next week looks fairly dry across the Northland, but slightly more active weather is possible beginning around mid-December.

Source: https://www.tropicaltidbits.com/

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December snowfall totals at Duluth, Minnesota

Period: 2000-2019

Note: Normal snowfall in December is 17.7″

*=A top 10 snowiest December on record

2000: 19.2″
2001: 7.3″
2002: 3.4″
2003: 8.4″
2004: 17.3″
*2005: 34.5″
2006: 10.1″
*2007: 35.4″
*2008: 37.1″
*2009: 33.4″
2010: 18.1″
2011: 8.1″
2012: 13.2″
*2013: 39.9″
2014: 8.6″
2015: 24.6″
2016: 21.3″
2017: 13.4″
2018: 19.8″
2019: 27.7″

Note: Snowfall records for Duluth date back to 1884.

December 2013 was the 3rd snowiest December on record.
December 2008 was the 6th snowiest December on record.
December 2007 was the 7th snowiest December on record.
December 2005 was the 8th snowiest December on record.
December 2009 was the 9th snowiest December on record.

Average monthly temperatures for December at Duluth, Minnesota

Period: 2000-2019

Average temperature for December is 14.8 degrees

*=A top 10 coldest December on record

**=A top 10 warmest December on record

*2000: 4.4 degrees
2001: 22.2 degrees
2002: 20.1 degrees
2003: 20.5 degrees
2004: 14.0 degrees
2005: 17.7 degrees
2006: 23.8 degrees
2007: 13.4 degrees
2008: 7.0 degrees
2009: 12.4 degrees
2010: 12.8 degrees
2011: 21.7 degrees
2012: 18.4 degrees
*2013: 4.6 degrees
2014: 21.5 degrees
**2015: 26.4 degrees
2016: 15.9 degrees
2017: 10.5 degrees
2018: 21.6 degrees
2019: 17.4 degrees

Note: Temperature records for Duluth date back to 1874.

December 2000 tied for 5th coldest December on record.
December 2013 was the 7th coldest December on record.

December 2015 was the 5th warmest December on record.
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December climate normals and records at Duluth, Minnesota

Normal high on the 1st: 27 degrees
Normal high on the 31st: 19 degrees

Normal low on the 1st: 14 degrees
Normal low on the 31st: 3 degrees

11 days with at least 0.1″ snowfall
4 days with at least 1.0″ snowfall

9 days with a minimum temperature <0 degrees

Records for December

Warmest: 32.7 degrees set in 1877
Coldest: 1.8 degrees set in 1983

Snowiest: 44.3″ set in 1950
Least snowiest: 0.9″ set in 1905

Wettest: 3.89″ set in 1879
Driest: 0.07″ set in 1905

Astronomical Data for December

Sunrise on the 1st: 7:34 AM CST
Sunrise on the 31st: 7:53 AM CST

Sunset on the 1st: 4:22 PM CST
Sunset on the 31st: 4:30 PM CST

Note: Winter Solstice or the official start to winter is on Monday, December 21 at 4:02 AM in Duluth.

The unofficial start to winter or meteorological winter is on December 1.

Thanks for reading!

Tim

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