After a slow start December 2012 became a perfect Winter month for those who enjoy Winter sports, with abundant snow and pleasant temperatures. We also had snow for a White Christmas. Only three years in the last thirty have we had a brown Christmas.
The average high temperature was 33.6 degrees and the average low was 21.6, giving us an average of 27.6 degrees, 3.4 degrees above normal. The coldest temperature, 4 degrees, was recorded on the 26th, and the warmest, 47 degrees, was recorded on the 4th. There were no days below zero compared to an average of 3. Our degree day total is now 2845.5.
Melted precipitation for the month was 6.44 inches, 3.14 inches above normal and the 2nd most on record. The wettest December on record was in 1983 when 6.57 inches was measured and the driest December was in 1989 when only 0.97 inches was measured. Precipitation fell on 17 days with the greatest amount, 1.65 inches, falling on the 21st and 22nd. Our seasonal total is now 43.18 inches, 0.28 inches above normal.This should help to replenish groundwater after a very dry Summer.
Snowfall was the big story of the month as 25.1 inches fell, 8.5 inches above normal and the 5th most on record.The snowiest Winter was in 2008 when we had 42 inches and the least snowiest was in 2006 when only 3.3 inches fell. The biggest snowfall, 10.7 inches, fell on the 27th. We average about one 10+ inch snowfall per year.
The river reached its highest level, 4.83 feet, on the 22nd and its lowest level, 3.22 feet, on the 1st.