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Ice castle melts; 2012 to be Twin Cities' warmest year ever?

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Recent rain washed away some of the progress made by artists who are trying to build a 40-foot tall ice castle in a parking lot at the Mall of America, Fox 9 reported.

Millions of gallons of water are being used to grow massive icicles for the castle foundation, Fox 9 says. It's expected to be complete by January, despite warm-weather setbacks.

Who would have figured there would be rain in December? But there have been other unseasonably warm months this year – remember March and July? In fact, 2012 is on track to beat 1931 as the warmest year ever in the Twin Cities, the Star Tribune reports.

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