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Mark Anthony

Area Weather: Expecting an average December

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The state of Minnesota along with a good share of the Upper Midwest are dealing with a lack of moisture. Over the past six months we have been seen very dry conditions statewide. Right now most of Minnesota is "abornally dry." However, parts of south central Minnesota are under severe drought conditions. We aren't the only parts of the U.S. seeing very dry conditions, of course. Texas is in even worse shape than Minnesota.

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The 30 day outlook for precipitation calls for "equal chances" of moisture either being above or below normal. In addition, the 30 day outlook for temperatures calls for equal chances for either above or below normal temperatures. What does all of this mean? It means there is no big indication for a big warm-up or a big Arctic blast coming our way during the month of December. For the most part, it looks like we should see about average temperatures.

For November, most reporting locations around the state are reporting temperatures about three or four degrees above average for the month. Minneapolis is reporting precipitation for the month down about 1.50". Only .29" of precipitation had fallen for the month at last check. I hate to say it, we could certainly use either a good rain or a good snowfall.

One last note, the flu is making its way across the state of Minnesota. This is the time of the year that flu starts making the rounds as we are all stuck indoors so much. Do your part by washing hands often and stay home if you have the flu so others don't catch it from you! Stay well this winter.

Have a great rest of the week!

Mark Anthony, KSAX-TV Chief Meteorologist

Weather history: On this date in 1991 a major winter storm hit parts of the state of Minnesota. In fact, the storm dumped 14 inches of snow in the Twin Cities in about just 12 hours.

Weather facts: What constitutes extreme cold and its effects can vary greatly across different parts of the country. In regions relatively unaccustomed to winter weather, near freezing temperatures are considered "extreme cold." Whenever temperatures drop decidedly below normal and as wind speed increases, heat can leave your body more rapidly. Take steps to safeguard you and your family. Have a winter survival kit in your car!

MN AT A GLANCE:

Moorhead...Low...21..High...38

Duluth....Low 18... High...37

Your Community...Low 19... High...37

Twin Cities...Low 22...High...40

Rochester Low...20...High...39

Marshall...Low 20..High...40

Today: Partly cloudy. High 37 Low 21 Winds: SE 10-15 mph Prec. None

Today's sunrise: 7:41 a.m.

Today's sunset: 4:39 p.m.

Normal High: 28

Normal Low: 14

There is a slight chance of some light snow Wednesday night into mainly early Thursday. Otherwise, a pretty quiet week once again around the state is projected.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, breezy, and cooler. There is a slight chance of light snow early. High 25 Low 11 Winds: NW 15-25 Prec. Trace-.10"

Friday: Partly cloudy. High 29 Low 13 Winds: NE 10-15 mph Prec. None

Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 28 Low 12 Winds: E/SE 10-15 mph. Prec. Trace-.10"

Sunday: Partly cloudy, 20% chance of light snow. High 25 Low 14 Wind: SW/NW 10-20 mph Prec. Trace-.10"

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