One thing about the holidays it that most of us know where we were over the years. Whether it's Christmas at Grandmas or New Year's Day watching the big game, we have a time stamp in our mind. After more than a decade forecasting the weather in the Upper Midwest, I have noticed a strange pattern. Unfortunately my memory timestamp is me working the holidays. I noticed that there always seemed to be a warm up between Christmas and New Year. I decided to do a little research and look back over the past decade in the Twin Cities and discovered my hunch was correct. We indeed did warm up during the holidays. In fact, we were quite warm at times. For 8 of the past 10 years the Twin Cities, we saw the temp rise above freezing between Christmas and New Year. For those 2 years that we did not get above freezing, we did get above our average high for the time period, which is 24°. Now you know that it is not your imagination. Below is a graph of the warmest high temperatures to occur between Christmas and New Year over the past 10 years in the Twin Cities.
WARMEST HIGHS BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR IN THE TWIN CITIES PAST 10 YEARS