PAST CLIMATE MAPS
As the warm and wet season of 2011 draws to a close, we see that our area generally did pretty well weather-wise as compared to states to our south. There, record dryness and heat had the effect of greatly lowering crop yields.
Because of anomalous wind patterns, the middle regions of North America received rains that normally would have fallen further south.
In some cases, as in Minnesota and Wisconsin, too much rain seriously delayed planting, but once in the ground, the crops enjoyed warm temperatures and good moisture conditions.
Prospects call for good moisture conditions heading into winter, with near normal totals after the New Year. Considering the coming cold season as a whole, we should see precipitation totals near normal.
November and December are likely to be the months with the greatest above normal precipitation, so a good bit of the precipitation should fall as snow.
Driest times stand to be from late January through the month of February.