Ithaca Climate Summary for December 1996
- The month of December averaged 5.9 degrees warmer than normal.
- This was 11 degrees warmer than the same month a year ago and the warmest
December since 1984.
- This month's temperature departure was the largest of any month during
- The warmest reading was 59 degrees on the 1st. This was a record for the
day, exceeding the old record of 58 degrees set in 1908.
- The coldest temperature of the month was 1 degree just before midnight on
- Only 4 days during the month were cooler than normal.
- The total precipitation for the month was 3.70 inches, which was 1.13
inches more than the monthly normal.
- It was the wettest December since 1990.
- The greatest one-day amount this month was 1.30 inches for the
twenty-four hours ending on the morning of the 2nd.
- The annual precipitation accumulation (January through December) of 47.76
inches was 12.36 inches above normal and easily made 1996 the wettest year on
record (previous record 46.87 inches in 1958).
- The monthly snowfall total was 9.6 inches, which was 5.8 inches below
- This total was much less than December 1995 (23.4 inches), but significantly
more than December 1994 (1.8 inches).
- The greatest depth of snow on the ground during the month was 4 inches on
- Amounts for surrounding communities included 10.6 inches in Groton and
10.3 inches in Freeville.
Keith L. Eggleston (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Northeast Regional Climate Center