Monday, November 30, 2009
UPDATE: You just lived through the 2nd warmest November on record. The average temperature at the Twin Cities Airport for the month was: 43.0 degrees, 10.3 degrees above average. We beat the previous 2nd warmest November of 41.8 degrees in 1999 by a decent margin, but couldn't crack the warmest November on record at 46.4 degrees in 2001.
Today will be the last day of our honeymoon/sabbatical as temperatures climb back into the 40's making it nearly a full month with seeing temperatures above average. We get back to reality tomorrow and Thursday as the first dump of colder air flushes in from the polar regions. Just in time too as we start meteorological winter today, marking (on average) the coldest three months of the year for us here in the Twin Cities.
Average High Temperature
December 1st: 32 degrees
December 31st: 22 degrees
WARMEST: 68 degrees on December 1st, 1998
Average Low Temperature
December 1st: 17 degrees
December 31st: 6 degrees BRRR!
COLDEST: -29 degrees on December 19th, 1983
December is tied for the 3rd snowiest month along with November with and average of 10.0"
SNOWIEST December: 33.2" in 1969
SNOWIEST December Day: 12.0" on December 28th, 1982
Coldest of the Season So Far...
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This image shows high temperatures on Thursday and winds around midday. Highs on Thursday will struggle to get into the 20's and winds will be out of the NW at 10 to 20mph with gusts of nearly 30mph dropping wind chill values into the teens and single digits at times!!
Wind chill chart for Thursday
I've highlighted the wind chill values for Thursday in the image below. This is what it'll feel like as you're hopping around town. It's about time to dig the heavy winter artillery out of the back of the closet if you haven't already.
Todd's Outlook for the Twin Cities
Today: Mildest day of the week, fading sun, still unseasonably mild. High: 43
Tonight: Increasing clouds and winds. Windows rattling late. Low: 27
Wednesday: Gusty and colder with a few flurries in the air. High: 32
Thursday: Breezy and feeling quite chilly. Lot's of clouds, a few flakes around. High: 24
Friday: Partly sunny, not as breezy, but still a few flakes. High: 24
Saturday: A few more peeks of sun, feeling like December. High: 28
Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 27