December 2021 — Wettest on record at Hibbing and a top 10 wettest on record at Brainerd, Duluth and International Falls

December 2021 has been a wet one in the Northland with 4 out of the 5 climate stations likely to have a top 10 wettest December on record, with Hibbing recording their wettest December on record already with 2 days left to go in the month, in fact Hibbing smashed their previous wettest December on record by nearly an inch, that’s incredible, but evidently Ashland didn’t get the memo, as their precipitation total for December 2021 is actually running below normal for the month!

Any additional precipitation that we may get for the rest of this month looks very light and shouldn’t affect the current rankings by much if at all.

Hibbing, Minnesota

Month to date precipitation total: 3.01″ (wettest December on record)
Previous wettest December on record was in 1936 with 2.08″ of precipitation

Brainerd, Minnesota

Month to date precipitation total: 2.34″ (2nd wettest December on record)
Wettest December on record 2.48″ set in 1902

International Falls, Minnesota

Month to date precipitation total: 1.82″ (4th wettest December on record)
Wettest December on record 2.19″ set in 2016

Duluth, Minnesota

Month to date precipitation total: 2.70″ (8th wettest December on record)
Wettest December on record 3.89″ set in 1879

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Total Precipitation for December 2021 (thru the 28th)

Precipitation totals, departure and percent of normal for December 2021 (thru the 28th)

Hibbing, MN

Total Precipitation: 3.01″
Departure: +2.43″ above normal
519% of normal

Brainerd, MN

Total Precipitation: 2.34″
Departure: +1.84″ above normal
468% of normal

Duluth, MN

Total Precipitation: 2.70″
Departure: +1.36″ above normal
201% of normal

International Falls, MN

Total Precipitation: 1.82″
Departure: +0.92″ above normal
202% of normal

Ashland, WI

Total Precipitation: 0.72″
Departure: -0.19″ below normal
79% of normal

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Although snowfall totals this month are running well above normal at Duluth and International Falls, it still doesn’t rank in the top 10 snowiest Decembers on record.

Snowfall Totals for December 2021 (thru the 28th)

Duluth, MN

Total: 25.6″
Normal: 16.9″
Departure: +8.7″ above normal
151% of normal

International Falls, MN

Total: 20.6″
Normal: 14.3″
Departure: +6.3″ above normal
144% of normal

Tim

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