Ithaca Climate Summary for December 2002
- With an average temperature of 26.0 degrees, the month averaged 2.2 degrees cooler than normal.
- The first twelve days of the month averaged 10 degrees colder than normal. The last twelve days of the month averaged 6 degrees warmer than normal.
- This was the third cooler-than-normal month in a row.
- This December was 9.4 degrees cooler than December 2001.
- This was the second coldest December in the last 7 years.
- The warmest temperature of the month was 52 degrees on the 20th.
- The coldest temperature of the month was -2 degrees on the 9th. This tied the record low for the date set in 1934.
- The -2 degree temperature on the 9th was the coldest temperature recorded since February 22, 2001.
- The December precipitation total was 3.31 inches, which represented 133% of normal.
- This was the wettest December since 1996.
- Three of the last four months of the year were wetter than normal.
- Year-to-date precipitation was 39.32 inches, 2.61 inches above normal.
- Total snowfall for the month was 27.4 inches, 13.4 inches above normal.
- This was the most snow for the month of December since 1997; the second most since 1977; and the eighth snowiest on record (since 1879).
- Total snowfall for the season was 37 inches at month's end, 16.7 inches more than normal.
- On December 17th, this season's snowfall total exceeded the total snowfall for last year's entire season (25.2 inches).
- The greatest depth of snow on the ground was 11 inches on the 26th. This was greater than any day last winter and the greatest December snow depth since 1997.
Keith L. Eggleston (KLE1@cornell.edu)
Northeast Regional Climate Center