December 2021 Climate Summaries for the Northland

December 2021 was warmer and wetter than average in the Northland.

Hibbing recorded their wettest December on record, while Brainerd, Duluth and International Falls had a top 10 wettest December on record.

Snowfall was above average in December, but totals for the month were shy of a top 10 snowiest December on record at the two climate sites in the Northland, Duluth and International Falls.

Advertisements
The Duluth, Minnesota Climate Summary for December 2021

Average temperature: 18.9 degrees
Normal: 17.5 degrees
Departure: +1.4 degrees above normal

Highest temperature: 49 degrees on the 16th and 15th
Lowest temperature: -10 degrees on the 31st

6 days had a subzero low temperature (normal is 8 days)
9 days had a high temperature of 32 degrees or warmer (normal is 9 days)
6 days had a high temperature of 40 degrees or warmer (normal is 2 days)

Total precipitation: 2.72″
Normal: 1.47″
Departure: +1.25″ above normal

Greatest calendar day precipitation total: 0.65″ on the 27th and 15th

13 days had at least 0.01″ of precipitation
6 days had at least 0.10″ of precipitation
2 days had at least 0.50″ of precipitation

Total snowfall: 25.9″
Normal: 18.7″
Departure: +7.2″ above normal

14 days had at least 0.1″ snowfall (normal is 13 days)
6 days had at least 1.0″ snowfall (normal is 5 days)

1 day with thunder

December 2021 was the 8th wettest December in station history
The International Falls, Minnesota Climate Summary for December 2021

Average temperature: 13.4 degrees
Departure: +1.8 degrees above normal

Total precipitation: 1.85″
Departure: +0.86″ above normal

Total snowfall: 21.2″
Departure: +5.4″ above normal

December 2021 was the 3rd wettest December in station history
The Brainerd, Minnesota Climate Summary for December 2021

Average temperature: 18.6 degrees
Departure: +1.8 degrees above normal

Total precipitation: 2.34″
Departure: +1.79″ above normal

December 2021 was the 2nd wettest December in station history
The Ashland, Wisconsin Climate Summary for December 2021

Average temperature: 21.5 degrees
Departure: +1.4 degrees above normal

Total precipitation: 0.72″
Departure: -0.26″ below normal

1 day with thunder
The Hibbing, Minnesota Climate Summary for December 2021

Average temperature: 14.4 degrees
Departure: +2.1 degrees above normal

Total precipitation: 3.01″
Departure: +2.37″ above normal

1 day with thunder

December 2021 was the wettest December on record in station history
Advertisements

Average monthly temperatures for December 2021 were +1 to +2 degrees warmer than average in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

Much of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin picked up 2 to 3″+ of precipitation in December.

Percent of Normal Precipitation for December 2021

Hibbing: 470% of normal
Brainerd: 425% of normal
International Falls: 187% of normal
Duluth: 160% of normal
Ashland: 73% of normal

SNOWFALL FOR DECEMBER 2021

Percent of Normal Snowfall for December 2021

Duluth, MN: 139% of normal
International Falls, MN: 134% of normal

Advertisements

U.S. Temperature Rankings for December 2021

Much of the southern and central U.S. into the Ohio Valley recorded their warmest or a top 10 warmest December on record.

U.S. Precipitation Rankings for December 2021

Areas from the western U.S. to the upper Midwest recorded their wettest or a top 10 wettest December on record.

Darker brown colors represent a top 10 driest December on record.

Tim

Leave a Reply