2012: One Bizarre Year for Weather

By KBJR News 1

September 24, 2012 Updated Sep 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- The National Weather Service has confirmed that Duluth reached more 70 degree days this year, than ever before. This comes days after we received the earliest snowfall in 17 years.

2012 has many of these unique weather days; events out of the ordinary, many that were recording breaking.

Looking back to January of 2012, the year began with a winter that wasn't.

"It was unusual, have had just around 50 inches of snow in Duluth when we average 86. We had wild fires in February and March," said Meteorologist Mike Stewart with the National Weather Service in Duluth.

A snowy twist to this tale comes in February, on leap day, when the Northland got most of its snow. Flash forward to June, we saw record-breaking precipitation.

"We had close to seven to ten inches of rain the 19th through the 20th of June which caused which cause the massive flooding throughout the area," said Stewart.

Entering summertime, more records were broken.

"June through August we had the warmest summer on record, ever, so it's really been unusual now going into September we started out warm now we've been cooler than normal."

Cool enough to bring an early batch of snow.

"This was the earliest measurable snow we've received in 17 years Friday night."

All together, one strange year, and meteorologists say it's because of an out of place jet stream.

"The Jet Stream is the driving force of our weather, it guides the low pressure system the high pressure systems, it brings cold air south, warm air north, it's the reason I cover the jet stream daily," said Northland's NewsCenter Meteorologist Adam Clark.

Meteorologists have conflicting predictions of the winter ahead.

Some are convinced El Nino will provide higher than normal temperatures with precipitation while others say it will be cold and snowy