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Daryl Ritchison, Published January 06 2013

Weather Talk: December temps near average, but precipitation below normal

December 2012 continued the recent trend for near average temperatures. Last month finished with an average temperature of 14.7 degrees, which is 0.6 degrees above the current 30-year average.

The first half of the month recorded very mild temperatures, but the second half of the month turned cold enough that in the end the month finished close to normal. Although the temperatures in recent months have been fairly close to average, December was another month with total precipitation finishing below normal.

Our cooperative observer in north Moorhead measured 0.45 inches of liquid from the 5.1 inches of snow he measured. (The airport reported 0.37 inch of liquid equivalency.) Average precipitation in December is 0.83 inch, and the average snowfall is 11.2 inches. Only three of the 12 months in 2012 finished with above-average precipitation, and all of those three months would be better described as finishing near the average.

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