Average Weather On December 8 For Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Location

This report describes the typical weather at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States) weather station over the course of an average December 8. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.

Minneapolis, Minnesota has a humid continental climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by croplands (67%), built-up areas (18%), forests (9%), and lakes and rivers (5%).

Temperature

The temperature typically varies from 19°F to 27°F and is rarely below 2°F or above 41°F.

Temperature

Average hourly temperature (black) with percentil bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile).

The coolest hours of the day are from 2am to 10am with the coldest at 7am, at which time the temperature is below 28°F three days out of four.

The warmest hours of the day are from noon to 5pm with the hottest at 3pm, at which time the temperature is above 18°F three days out of four.

The day has gained half its heat by 11am and lost it again by 8pm.

Temperature Bands

The average fraction of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid (below 15°F), freezing (15°F to 32°F), cold (32°F to 50°F), cool (50°F to 65°F), comfortable (65°F to 75°F), warm (75°F to 85°F), hot (85°F to 100°F) and sweltering (above 100°F).

Sun

On December 8 the Sun rises at 7:37am and sets at 4:31pm.

Solar noon is at 12:05pm.

For reference, on the longest day of the year the Sun rises at 5:26am and sets at 9:02pm, while on the shortest day of the year it rises at 7:48am and sets at 4:34pm.

Astronomical twilight begins and ends 106 minutes before sunrise and after sunset at 5:52am and 6:17pm, respectively.

Nautical twilight begins and ends 70 minutes before sunrise and after sunset at 6:27am and 5:41pm, respectively.

Civil twilight begins and ends 33 minutes before sunrise and after sunset at 7:05am and 5:04pm, respectively.

Solar twilight begins and ends 49 minutes after sunrise and before sunset at 8:27am and 3:43pm, respectively.

Solar Elevation

Elevation of the Sun above (positive) or below (negative) the horizon (black line). Yellow and gray fills indicate day and night, respectively. Light gray lines are the corresponding curves for the winter and summer equinoxes.

Clouds

The median cloud cover is 92% (mostly cloudy) and does not vary substantially over the course of the day.

On average, the sky is clear or mostly clear 29% of the time, partly cloudy 10% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 61% of the time.

Median Cloud Cover

Median hourly cloud coverage fraction (black line) with percentile bands (inner band from 40th to 60th percentile, outer band from 25th to 75th percentile).

Cloud Cover Types

The fraction of time spent in each of the five sky cover categories. From top (most blue) to bottom (most gray), the categories are clear, mostly clear, partly cloudy, mostly cloudy, and overcast. Pink indicates missing data. Outside the United States clear skies are often reported ambiguously, leading them to be lumped in with the missing data.

Precipitation

There is a 57% chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during the day.

The average measured liquid-equivalent quantity of precipitation is 0.031". Among only those days for which there is at least some measured precipitation, the average is 0.120" and the total rarely exceeds 0.260".

Probability of Precipitation

The fraction of days in which various types of precipitation are observed. If more than one type of precipitation is reported in a given day, the more severe precipitation is counted. For example, if light rain is observed in the same day as a thunderstorm, that day counts towards the thunderstorm totals. The order of severity is from the top down in this graph, with the most severe at the bottom.

When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of slight snow (65% of days with precipitation have at worst slight snow), moderate snow (15%), and slight rain (7%).

Precipitation is most likely around 8am and least likely around 5pm.

Types of Precipitation

Relative frequency of various types of precipitation over the course of a typical December 8.

Snow

There is a 61% chance that there will be snow on the ground. The average snow depth is 3.6". The snow depth is deeper than 6.7" one year in four and deeper than 11.0" one year in ten.

Humidity

The relative humidity typically ranges from 66% (mildly humid) to 78% (humid), rarely dropping below 47% (comfortable), or exceeding 92% (very humid).

The air is driest at 2pm, at which time the relative humidity is less than 76% (humid) three days out of four; it is most humid at 6am, exceeding 71% (humid) three days out of four.

Relative Humidity

Average hourly humidity (black line) with percentile bands (inner bands from 25th to 75th percentile, outer bands from 10th to 90th percentile).

Dew Point

The dew point ranges from 13°F to 16°F with an average of 15°F.

For reference, comfortable indoor conditions should have a relative humidity between 30% and 50% with a dew point of less than 65°F.

Dew Point

Average hourly dew point (black line) with percentile bands (inner bands from 25th to 75th percentile, outer bands from 10th to 90th percentile).

Wind

The wind speed is 10 mph (gentle breeze) on average and is rarely outside the range 4 mph to 16 mph (light breeze to moderate breeze). The wind speed does not vary substantially during the course of the day.

Wind Speed

Average hourly wind speed (black line) with percentile bands (inner bands from 25th to 75th percentile, outer bands from 10th to 90th percentile).

The wind is most often out of the north west (20% of the time), west (15% of the time), south east (13% of the time), south west (13% of the time), south (12% of the time), and north (11% of the time). The wind is least often out of the north east (4% of the time).

Wind Directions

The fraction of time spent with the wind blowing from the various directions over the entire day. Values do not sum to 100% because the wind direction is undefined when the wind speed is zero.

Wind Directions Over Day

The fraction of time spent with the wind blowing from the various directions on an hourly basis. Values do not sum to 100% because the wind direction is undefined when the wind speed is zero.