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Sick of seeing clouds? Here's why it was so gloomy this week

The sun! We can see the sun again!

Hi sun, it's nice to see you.

The past week has been quite dreary, with the sun finally peaking out a little on Thursday and again Friday.

If it seemed extra cloudy for mid-January, you're right. The University of Minnesota tweeted that Jan. 20-25 marked the gloomiest stretch for those dates since record keeping began in 1963.

Cloudy stretches like this can happen in the winter when temperatures get above freezing (like the eight-day stretch we just had).

Why this happens

When the air gets warmer, snow starts to melt and the moisture in the air makes it foggy and cloudy.

That's why in the winter the really sunny days are always the coldest, while the warm days are cloudy and make you want to stay under the covers.

These dreary weather patterns tend to happen more in November and December, though. According to the Minnesota State Climatology Office, the average chance for sunshine for the month of November is 39 percent and for December it's 42 percent.

But then the chance for sun goes up. In January, it's 53 percent and in February it's 59 percent. The month with the highest average percentage of sunshine is July, at 72 percent.

The forecast for the rest of the month shows it'll be mostly cloudy, with some flurries possible.

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