On December 18, 2011 Bismarck, ND tied their record high of 56 degrees F, and had only a trace of snow on the ground. Things were much different a year ago. On December 18, 2010, the high was 13 degrees F, and the snow depth was 9 inches.
The end of autumn and the beginning of winter has been fairly mild in North Dakota. Below are some graphs and images to show the differences between temperature and precipitation from November 1st - December 18th of 2010 and 2011.
North Dakota may not be out of the woods yet. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is forecasting a wetter and colder than normal January, February, and March.