Winter Arrives Looking Like Fall 21 Dec 11

Winter officially arrives today (WED), but for much of the state it still looks a lot like fall. Autumn 2011 will be remembered as unusually dry. Temperatures were cold on occasion but mostly above normal. In early fall, they were far above average, especially in southwestern Minnesota.

Climatologist Pete Boulay says many places in Minnesota have not even had a sub-zero reading yet this season. As for precipitation, most of the state was two to four inches below normal this fall, with a drought continuing in south-central, southwestern and northeastern Minnesota. Winter begins at 11:30pm today, the point at which the sun reaches a point directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, giving the Northern Hemisphere the longest night of the year.