- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - SDSU Extension says a near-record strong El Nino has brought warmer than average temperatures to South Dakota throughout December.

Climate Field Specialist Laura Edwards says the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Dec. 17 Climate Outlook shows that the trend is forecast to continue until spring 2016.

Edwards says that several records have already been tied or broken this month with high minimum temperatures across the region. On Dec. 10 alone, 35 records were set for high minimum temperatures across the state from Pactola Dam to Sisseton.

South Dakota State Climatologist Dennis Todey says that despite a cool-down over the next couple of days in South Dakota, the region is forecast to warm up again by the end of the month.

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