Thought it interesting that the warmest day was on the first, with a high of 72°. The coldest reading occurred on the last day, with 18°. Not too likely to see that happen very often! The monthly average of the daily high and low was 2.9° below normal, just the opposite of October when it was 3.0° above normal. We also had one of the coldest high temperatures in many years. It only rose to a high of 31° on the 24th! Heating degree days totaled 707, 11% more than the average of 627.
Precipitation amounts fell in line with most of the year, being below, with only 68% of average. November produced 2.41”, .81” below the average of 3.42”.
December – We drop 12° from the average high of 46° in the beginning to 38° by the end of the month. A cold start, then some moderating the first week, followed by mostly below normal temperatures for the first half of the month. Right now the second half doesn’t seem to have many extremes mild or cold, mostly around or a bit below. Subject to revising of course, 30 day temperature forecasts not set in stone!
The Farmer’s Almanac does not agree with this; they are looking for 4 to 6° below normal! Their precipitation forecast shows only about half of the normal precipitation to occur, that sounds good to me!. Not really a snow fan, beautiful but…
Outlook – 12/6/2013 So much for the Friday rain, was right on schedule. Had about 1.75", good start for Dec. Now on to the WC storm called Dion. Most likely to see some snow later Sunday, then sleet, freezing rain and finally rain. The big question when this happens is how long the cold air lasts, hard to predict as ever. This area is famous for cold air damming, making the change to all rain potentially slow.
Next precipitation event likely around the 14th, then again around the 17-18th time period. Christmas Eve looks like it could have some, but this far out probably just as likely not. You know what they say about economic and weather forecasts!