Warmest December on Record!

1/1/2016: Happy New Year! I hope 2016 is off to a great start for you, even if the year is only a day old.

2015 ended with a bang: Rockford had the warmest December in 92 years! Here’s the top 3, listed by average temperature for the month:


The average temperature for the month (which is the average high and low for each day, averaged together) was a whopping 12.3° degrees above normal.

We can definitely see what may be one of if not the strongest El Niño’s influence on the temperatures this month, as the pattern which usually brings us a warmer winter really cranked up the heat, at least for the start of the season.

Here’s a look at how each day went over the course of the very mild month:

1ST HALF OF JANUARYWe had just as many days with highs near or in the 60’s as we had days below freezing for a high. Many days were at least in the 40’s for highs, giving us overall a December to remember.

– Alex


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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on January 1, 2016

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