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January 2015 outlook

December 31, 2014

RT  It was a temperature sandwich. The first three days of December were cold, then temps rebounded nicely. Around mid-month we hit 50 or warmer on three consecutive days! We ended the month with another cold snap. Our warmest temperature in the Twin Cities was 51 degrees, on December 13 and 15. The coldest reading was 7 below zero on December 30 and 31. The average temperature for the month of December was 4.6 degrees above normal in the Twin Cities. Our official snowfall total at MSP airport was 5.6 inches.

2014 has ended, and the Minnesota State Climatology Office has a nice feature about the top weather events of the year. Check it out at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/climate/journal/top_five_2014.html

Looking ahead, the January temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service shows a slight tendency for below normal temperatures over Minnesota and western Wisconsin:

jan15temp  The outlook doesn’t mean that every day is expected to be cooler than normal…it is the average temp for the entire month that shows a slight cooler-than-normal tendency. In case you’re wondering, our average high in the Twin Cities doesn’t move much during January…it is 24 degrees on January 1st and 25 degrees on January 31st.

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