It only took a couple of days, but our area set a snowfall record for December. Between Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27 – 28, the Brainerd Lakes area received the greatest recorded snowfall for the month of December during a 48-hour period, making it the seventh largest recorded snowfall of all-time. According to meteorologist Kirsten Chaney with the National Weather Service in Duluth, the region accumulated an average of 12.6 inches of snow by Friday evening.
So where do those numbers come from? The National Weather Service receives snowfall reports from a combination of trained volunteers and members of the public calling in across towns. Reports this week came from Nisswa, Pelican Lake and Pine River. Chaney said that these reports can be inconsistent across the years, so the nearest concrete historical data comes from Brainerd. Last week’s storm was ranked as the greatest 48-hour snowfall in December compared National Weather Service’s climate records dating back to 1908.