Town News

Kathy Mekelburg


December Weather Summary: December was the first cold month since April. The monthly mean temperature of 25.4 degrees was 1.7 degrees below normal. The maximum temperature of 53 degrees occurred on the 18th, while the minimum of minus 8 degrees occurred on the 16th. A severe cold snap occurred from the 15th - 17th. It was the strongest for December in three years! The minimum temperature tied the December record set on December 17th and 31st in 2013 and December 31st in 1998! The coldest daily mean temperature of minus 1.5 degrees on the 16th tied the December record set December 31st in 1998! Lowest windchill temperature of minus 36 degrees on the same date tied the December record windchill set on December 31st in 1998! There were 13 days with maximums 32 degrees or below, 30 days with minimum 32 or below, and 4 days with minimum zero or below. There were 1223 heating degree days or 55 above normal. Total since July stands at 2568 or 229 below normal. 

December was the wettest month since December 2015. Total precipitation of 7.92 inches was 1. 43 inches above normal. Yearly total came to 47.95 inches or 8.06 inches below normal. This was the driest year since 2004 (12 years!) Daily maximum was 1.50 inches on the 1st. There were 19 days with measurable precipitation. This ties the December record maximum set in 2013! Snowfall totaled 19.3 inches or 0.3 inches below normal. Total for the season so far is 20.2 inches or 3.8 inches below normal. The maximum daily amount was 4.7 inches on the 17th. There were 15 days with measurable snowfall and 28 days with snow depth of an inch or more. Maximum depth was 8 inches on the 17th. 

The highest barometer was 30.82 inches on the 26th: lowest barometer was 28.78 inches on the 30th. Both figures were extremes for the entire year! Mean humidity was 86.2 percent. Prevailing winds were West with an average speed of 3.4 miles per hour. Peak gust was 47 mph from the East on the 30th. There were 4 days with winds exceeding 40 mph. There were 5 clear days, 8 partly cloudy days, and 18 cloudy days. Daytime sky cover averaged 73 percent.