HydroClim Minnesota for Early December 2015

A monthly electronic newsletter summarizing Minnesota's climate conditions and the resulting impact on water resources. Distributed on the first Thursday of the month.

State Climatology Office - DNR Division of Ecological and Water Resources, St. Paul
distributed: December 4, 2015 (delayed distribution)

What happened in November 2015:

Where we stand now:

Future prospects:

  • The December precipitation outlook offers equal chances of below-normal, near-normal, or above-normal conditions across most of Minnesota. The December precipitation outlook tilts towards below-normal conditions in northwest Minnesota. December precipitation normals range from around one-half inch in western Minnesota to over one and one-quarter inches in eastern sections of the state. The historical median snow cover at the end of December ranges from under five inches in southwest counties, to over 10 inches on the ground in northeast Minnesota (20 inches in the Lake Superior highlands).
    [see: Climate Prediction Center 30-day Outlook  | December Precipitation Normal Map]
  • The December temperature outlook emphatically leans towards above-normal conditions across Minnesota. Normal December high temperatures are in the mid-20s to near 30 to start the month, dropping to the mid-teens to near 20 by month's end. Normal lows are around 10 degrees early in the month, falling to the mid-single digits above and below zero by late December.
    [see: Climate Prediction Center 30-day Outlook  | December Temperature Normal Map]
  • The 90-day precipitation outlook for the meteorological winter (December through February) indicates equal chances of below-normal, near-normal, or above-normal conditions in the southern one-third of Minnesota and a tilt towards below-normal conditions in the northern two-thirds of the state. The December through February temperature projection strongly favors above-normal conditions statewide.
    [see: Climate Prediction Center 90-day Outlook]
  • The National Weather Service produces long-range probabilistic river stage and discharge outlooks for the Red River, Minnesota River, and Mississippi River basins. These products address both high flow and low flow probabilities.
    [see: National Weather Service - North Central River Forecast Center]

From the author:

  • none

Upcoming dates of note:

  • December 17: National Weather Service releases 30/90 day temperature and precipitation outlooks

Greg Spoden, DNR Climatologist