December 2014 Clouds and Gloom

Solar Radiation measurements at the U of M St. Paul Campus Climate Observatory from December 1-29 with estimates for Dec 30-31
Solar Radiation measurements at the U of M St. Paul Campus Climate Observatory from December 1-30 with estimates for Dec 31
MNDNR State Climatology Office

 

December 2014 was cold at the start and end, but much of the month was mild and cloudy. It was the cloudiest December since solar radiation records began at the U of M St. Paul Campus Climate Observatory in 1962.

There were two main stretches of clouds and gloomy weather. The first was from December 7 to the 16th and then on the 17th there was abundant sunshine in the morning, along with some light snow and flurries in the afternoon. Another stretch of cloudy weather lasted from December 18th to the 26th.

At the Twin Cities International Airport for December 2014, 20 out of the 26 days were mostly cloudy to cloudy. December is the cloudiest month of the year on average with 18 of 31 days being cloudy.

Brilliant sunshine returned for the final days of 2014.

 

Last modified: December 26, 2014

 

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