The Minneapolis Tribune provides fodder for the climate change partisans – a record high temperature for the Twin Cities that still stands 89 years later.
Mercury Mounts to 51, Warmest Christmas Day
Golf Played and Robin Is Seen – Heavy Rain Falls at Grand Forks.
Minneapolis and the Northwest yesterday experienced the warmest Christmas day in the history of the weather bureau here. The thermometer reached the high mark of 51 above at 1 p.m., and from various points throughout the northwest came reports of temperatures as high as 53.
There was little skating ice to be found, and Twin City golfers journeyed out to their favorite courses to play their game.
Heavy Rain at Grand Forks.
At Grand Forks, N.D., a heavy rain fell between midnight and 1 a.m. this morning. From Duluth came reports that all holiday programs of winter sports were abandoned when ice and snow turned into running water under a sunny sky and low pressure winds blowing warmer weather from the south. At Duluth and Des Moines, Ia., the day was reported as the warmest since 1881.
Temperatures in Minneapolis hovered between 35 and 40 degrees above yesterday morning, rising sharply to 51 at 1 p.m. and dropping back to 50 at 2 p.m. and then slowly down to 35 at 7 p.m. By midnight the thermometer had reached 30, the lowest in 36 hours.
“Cloudy today and probably tomorrow; colder in east and south portions today,” was the prediction of the weather bureau for Minnesota last night.
Minneapolis streets didn't need a snowplow on Dec. 25, 1922. But this model, manufactured by the William Bros. Boiler & Manufacturing Co. of Minneapolis, appeared to be ready for Old Man Winter -- or a German invasion. (Image courtesy mnhs.org)
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