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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published January 03 2011

Weather Talk: Snow more memorable than temps of December 2010

December 2010 finished with an average temperature of 10 degrees, which is 2.5 degrees below the current 30-year average.

Abundant cloud cover that kept the overnight low temperatures above average during the second half of the month was a significant factor in keeping the monthly average temperature from being even lower. Last month ended up being the 45th coldest on record. December 2010 will probably be remembered more for the abundant snow rather than the cold.

In all, 26.6 inches of snow was measured, ranking last month as the third snowiest December on record. Only 2008 and 1927 recorded more snowfall.

The snow amount is never as important as the actual moisture content. November had well-above-average snowfall, but it was a dry, fluffy snow, and overall precipitation that month was below average.

Unfortunately, that was not the case last month. The 26.6 inches of snow contained 2.04 inches of liquid, an entire winter’s worth of precipitation in just one month.

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