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December ’13 Was A Bit Colder But Less Snowy Than Average

OSWEGO, NY – December 2013 was a degree colder than average – but rather balmy compared to the near zero readings so far in the New Year, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

The average temperature last month was 28.7 degrees. That is 1.0 degree below average.

The mild weather in the middle of the month was followed by some precipitation and colder temperatures which created some winter artwork on the trees.
The mild weather in the middle of the month was followed by some precipitation and colder temperatures which created some winter artwork on the trees.

The highest temperature was 58 degrees on the 5th and the lowest was 3 on the 25th.

There were no records set, according to Gregway.

“We had 2 days where the high was 50 degrees or more; 7 days where it was in the 40s, 3 overnight lows in the single digits and 9 times the overnight low was in the teens,” he said. “There were 14 times the daily temp was below 32. That included an 8-day stretch from the 11th to the 18th.”

Total precipitation for December was 3.15 inches. That is just 0.65-inch below average.

For the year, it was 45.54 inches. That is 2.61 inches above average.

The greatest amount of precipitation in a 24-hour period was 0.73-inch on the 22nd.

Measurable precipitation fell on 25 days, including 15 in a row.

There were 2 days with just a trace.

And, no precipitation fell on 4 days, with 2 of them being consecutive.

Snowfall for the month came in at 29.3 inches, which is 4.3 inches below average.

At the end of December, snowfall for the winter stood at 39.3 inches. That is 3.7 inches below average.

The greatest snowfall in a 24-hour period was 7.8 inches on the 15th.

Snow pellets were recorded on 1 occasion and there was glaze 3 times, Gregway noted.

“We had no thunderstorms, which is average. And we had 2 foggy days, which is 1 more than normal,” he added.

The number of cloudy days, 30, was 5 more than average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 1, was 4 below average.

And, the number of clear days, none, was 1 below average.

The area received 8 percent of the possible amount of sunshine in December. That is 11 percentages below normal.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.57 on the 8th and the lowest was 29.63 on the 15th.

“We received some heavy lake effect snow on the 15th,” Gregway said.

The strongest winds in December were westerly at more than 30 mph on the 31st. Also on the 11th, there were west-southwesterly winds around 30 mph, Gregway added.

The warmest December is 2006 (37.0 degrees). The coldest is 1989 (16.2 degrees).

The highest temperature in December was 69 degrees on the 7th back in 1998. The coldest was -23 degrees on the 29th of 1933.

December 1878 holds the honor of being the wettest (10.50 inches) and the driest is a tie (1.02 inches) in 1876 and 1917.

The most snowfall came in December 1958 – 85.8 inches. December 1911 saw the least snow – 2.9 inches.