Mild Christmas: 40s again Monday; Mild weather holds into 2012

Happy Holidays from the Huttner Weather Lab!

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For those of you wanting a White Christmas this year, here’s the best I can do!

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42 degrees high temperature Christmas Eve at MSP

24 average high at MSP this weekend

8 average low at MSP this weekend

38-44 highs at MSP Christmas Day & Monday

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This will be one of the midler (and browner!) Christmas holidays in recent memory.

…A REVIEW OF WEATHER RECORDS FOR DECEMBER 24TH AND 25TH…

FOR MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL MINNESOTA*

CHRISTMAS EVE (DECEMBER 24) CHRISTMAS DAY (DECEMBER 25)

YEAR (TEMPS) (PRECIP) SNOW (TEMPS) (PRECIP) SNOW

HIGH LOW MELTED/SNOW DEPTH HIGH LOW MELTED/SNOW DEPTH

2000 1 -13 0.00 / 0 11 12 -17 0.01 / 0.2 10

2001 19 8 0.00 / 0 6 16 7 0.02 / 0.3 5

2002 20 12 T / T T 23 11 0 / 0 T

2003 28 10 0 / 0 4 33 12 0 / 0 3

2004 10 -10 T / 0.1 1 18 8 0.01 / 0.2 1

2005 37 32 T / 0 4 35 32 T / 0 3

2006 40 23 0 / 0 T 34 21 0 / 0 T

2007 20 6 0 / 0 7 28 19 0.15 / 3.4 6

2008 14 -2 T / 0.2 7 26 -6 0 / 0 8

2009 34 26 0.44 / 5.2 11 37 23 0.56 / 2.0 12

2010 26 18 0.18 / 2.3 19 20 16 T / T 19

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Travel weather looks generally good to excellent in most areas of the Upper Midwest and USA this weekend.

One of the few areas that will see rain is Texas, and that’s a gift after this year of extreme drought.

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Tracking Santa:

NORAD will be busy this year tracking Santa’s flight. You can follw Santa’s progress here. The weather looks good for Santa this year, no watches warnings or blizzards to contend with. He should have plenty of time to get his route done early. Make sure to leave cookies for Santa!

Here’s a recap of Santa’s trip last year.

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