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A December To Remember

A dramatic shift in our weather pattern from November to December resulted in opposite month-to-month weather extremes for Southeast Wisconsin. From our cold and snowy November to our mild and wet (not white) December, the two months couldn't have been more different.

Remember, November was one of the coldest on record with an average temperature of 32°, or almost 7° below normal.  To date, December's average temperature is running a full degree warmer than November... and almost 7° above normal.  We are currently tied for the 15th warmest December on record.  

RankYearAverage Temperature
1187737.9
2188937.8
3192336.5
4188136.4
5193136.1
T6193935.8
T6191335.8
T8201235.0
T8200135.0
10191834.7
11199434.6
12198234.4
13199834.3
14189133.6
T15201433.2
T15201133.2
T15195933.2

Also, of our 5.3" of snow so far this season, all but .5" fell in November.  With no snow in the forecast through New Year's Eve, this December will go down as one of the least snowiest on record.

Of course that begs the question, what can we expect in January?  Well, according to the Climate Prediction Center there is no strong signature indicating temps and precip will stray too far from normal.

Of course, around here if the averages pan out we're in for a cold and snowy month.  Our average high for the month is 29° and we average almost 15" of snow.  I say bring it on, just be done by March!!

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