Record Warmth: December 26, 2011

Maximum Temperature for December 26, 2011 From automated weather stations located at airport sites in Minnesota Maximum Temperature for December 26, 2011
From automated weather stations located at airport sites in Minnesota

With no snow cover and a rather strong mild southerly wind, temperatures soared into the 40's and low 50's across Minnesota, setting new record high temperatures. The Twin Cities saw a high of 52, breaking the old record of 51 that was set in 1936. St. Cloud reached 49 degrees, breaking the old record of 48 degrees set in 1905. The warmest National Weather Service Cooperative Stations found so far were Marshall, Montevideo and Redwood Falls, all with 53 degrees. A bank of clouds over southestern Minnesota held temperartures down a bit.

A cold front swept across the state during the evening, but with only slightly cooler temperatures and no precipitation.

How rare is it to have a temperature of 50 degrees or higher for the last week of December in the Twin Cities? It has only happened five other times in the past 140 years.

Here's the six times the thermometer has reached 50 degrees in the Twin Cities in the final Week of December.


50 degrees or Higher in the Twin Cities 
for the Final Week of December (1872-2011)

Temp Date
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53   Dec 29, 1999
52   Dec 26, 2011
51   Dec 25, 1922
51   Dec 26, 1936
51   Dec 30, 2004
50   Dec 31, 1904