December 2013 was a colder than normal month with near normal levels of snow and precipitation. It was mostly a typical December in the North Country.
The average high temperature was 29.3 and the average low was 14.3 degrees, giving us an average temperature of 21.8 degrees, 2.3 degrees below normal and the 8th coldest in the last 32 years. The coldest December on record was in 1989. That year the average temperature was only 8.9 degrees, there were 19 days with below 0 temperatures and no days above the freezing mark of 32 degrees. The warmest December was in 2006 when the average temperature was 31.5 degrees with no 0 degree days. This year the highest temperature, 40 degrees, was recorded on the 4th and the lowest, -15 degrees, was recorded on the 17th. There were 3 days with below 0 readings which is average for December. There were 1287 degree days bringing our seasonal total to 3124.5.
Melted precipitation for the month was 2.85 inches, 0.44 inches below normal. This brings our yearly total to 36.32 inches, 6.37 inches below the normal of 42.69 inches. The last year that we had less than 40 inches was in 2001, when only 32.92 inches was measured, the 3rd driest year on record. Precipitation fell on only 10 days, with the greatest amount, 0.92 inches, falling on the 15th.
Snowfall was 15.1 inches, 1.5 inches below normal. This brings our seasonal total to 19.9 inches. Measurable snow fell on 7 days, with the largest amount, 9 inches, recorded on the 15th.
The river reached its highest level, 6.31 feet , on the 24th and its lowest level, 3.43 feet, on the 20th.