"In 118 years of snow depth measurements in Twin Cities, a white Christmas happens about 72% of the time. From 1899 to 2017 there have been 34 years with either a "zero" or a "trace." The last time the Twin Cities has seen a brown Christmas was 2015. 2014 was also a "brown Christmas." The deepest snow cover on December 25th was in 1983 with a hefty 20 inches. It was also a very cold Christmas in 1983, with the high temperature of one (1) degree F. It was not the coldest Christmas Day in the Twin Cities. That dubious award goes to 1996 with a "high" temperature of 9 below zero F. The warmest Christmas Day in the Twin Cities was 51 degrees in 1922. There was not a white Christmas that year. In fact, the Minneapolis Weather Bureau log book for that day states that the day felt "spring-like."
Weather Outlook For Sunday, December 23rd
8 to 14 Day Temperature Outlook
According to NOAA's CPC, the extended temperature outlook from December 29th through January 4th suggests cooler than average temps working back into much of the Lower 48 with the exception of the East Coast.
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SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy and brisk. Winds: NW 10-15. High: 28.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy and quiet. Winds: WNW 5-10. Low: 18.
MONDAY: Few sunny peeks. Still dry. Winds: S 5-10. High: 29.
TUESDAY: Christmas coating of flurries. Winds: NE 5-10. Wake-up: 20. High: 30.
WEDNESDAY: Dry much of day. Snow arrives at night. Winds: E 8-13. Wake-up: 24. High: 32.
THURSDAY: Wet snow. Heavy at times. Winds: E 15-25. Wake-up: 28. High: 33.
FRIDAY: Snow bands linger. May be plowable. Winds: N 15-25. Wake-up: 23. High: 26.
SATURDAY: Flurries taper. Slow clearing and colder. Winds: NW 10-20. Wake-up: 26. High: 21.
This Day in Weather History
1996: Heavy snow accumulates across much of southern and central Minnesota. Snowfall totals included 6 to 8 inches across the Twin Cities metro area, 10 inches in Jordan, 8 inches at Cambridge, Forest Lake, Hutchinson and Montevideo, and 6 inches at St. Cloud, Glenwood and Redwood Falls.
1983: The Twin Cities experience a bitterly cold high of 17 degrees below zero.
1833: A 'warm spell' is reported at Ft. Snelling. The temperature reached 45 degrees.
Average High/Low for Minneapolis
Average High: 25F (Record: 58F set in 1888)
Average Low: 10F (Record: -27F set in 1872)
Record Rainfall: 0.53" set in 1996
Record Snowfall: 6.2" set in 1996
Sunrise/Sunset Times for Minneapolis
Hours of Daylight: ~8 hours & 46 minutes
Daylight GAINED since yesterday: ~ 6 seconds
Daylight GAINED since winter solstice (December 21st): ~ 6 seconds
Moon Phase for December 23rd at Midnight
1.5 Days After Full "Cold" Moon
"It's not hard to understand where the name of this moon comes from, as December is the month in which the winter cold fastens its grip on this part of the world. On occasion, this moon was also called the Moon Before Yule. Sometimes, this moon is referred to as the Full Long Nights Moon, which is appropriate because the winter solstice (the longest night of the year) occurs in December, and the moon is above the horizon for a long time. In December in the Northern Hemisphere, the full moon makes its highest arc across the sky because it's diametrically opposite to the low sun. In fact, the moment of the winter solstice comes just over 19 hours before this full moon, at 5:23 p.m. EST on Dec. 21. Peak fullness occurs at 11:49 p.m. CST"
What's in the Night Sky?
According to EarthSky.org this is what will be visible in the night sky over the next several nights:
"On December 23 and 24, 2018, the waning gibbous moon – just past the solstice full moon – passes to the south of the two brightest stars of the constellation Gemini. These two stars are noticeable for being bright and close together. In sky lore, they represent the starry eyes of twin brothers. One star is Castor, and the other is Pollux. On these nights, the moon is also passing to the north of Procyon, the Little Dog Star. As it goes full circle in front of the constellations of the zodiac, the moon swings in between the Gemini stars and Procyon once every sidereal month. But these stars aren’t always so well-placed for viewing as they are now! Click here for recommended almanacs that’ll tell you the rising time of the moon in your sky. And to find out the rising times for Castor, Pollux and Procyon (plus other bright stars)."
National Weather Outlook
Weather conditions across much of the country will remain rather quiet through the early part of the week. There will be a little moisture that scoots through the Great Lakes and parts of the Northeast as we approach Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A bigger storm looks to take shape across the Western part of the country as we head through the next few days.
7 Day Precipitation Potential
According to NOAA's WPC, the 7 day precipitation potential suggests heavy precipitation continuing across the Western part of the country, but take a look at the heavy moisture moving into the Central and Southeastern part of the country as we head into the 2nd half of next week! Showers, storms and heavy snow will be possible later next week - stay tuned!
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