Warm start to December

Dec. 3, 2015: It looks like the strong El Niño is kicking is as we get into the start of winter. The weather is expected to stay above average for at least the rest of this week, and lasting into next week and possibly well beyond.


For the month as a whole, the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 70% chance for above average temperatures, which could be as much as 5° or more above average!  This is for the entire month averaged together, so there still could be some really cold days in the mix soon; however, the warm days will outnumber the cold days, giving us above average weather.


Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean a ton of the 60’s or really warm weather, like we saw 3 years ago today with an all-time high of 69° for December. Here’s the daily average high temperature as we go throughout the month of December:


As you can see, we typically have highs in the middle 30’s through most of the month. So, above average weather may only be the high 30’s to low 40’s. It may not be much above average, but a series of these throughout the month would give us warmer than usual weather for the month.

So, it’s all about perspective.  We may not see really warm days, but anything over the low 30’s is a win for the month when it comes to warm weather.



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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on December 3, 2015

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