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A Ho (Ho Ho) Hum December-To-Date?

December-to-date has been cold, dry, and lacking snow, but not exceptionally so for most of the Northeast.

mid-dec tdpt map

Average temperatures as of mid-December ranged from more than 6°F below normal to 2°F above normal.

Most of the Northeast has experienced below-normal temperatures during the first half of December, with average temperatures generally ranging from more than 6°F below normal in parts of northern New York and northern New England to near normal. Twenty-eight of the 35 major climate sites also experienced a cooler-than-normal start to December.

mid-dec temp chart

Three major climate sites ranked this first half of December among their 20 coldest on record.

mid-dec pdpt map

December 1-15 precipitation ranged from less than 25% of normal to near normal for a large portion of the Northeast.

The first half of December has been drier than normal for a majority of the Northeast, with precipitation generally ranging from less than 25% of normal to near normal. The driest areas were in northern Pennsylvania, southern New York, and western Maine. However, there were a few spots, mainly in southern and eastern West Virginia, southwestern Pennsylvania, and east of Lake Ontario in New York, that received up to 200% of normal precipitation. Twenty-eight of the 35 major climate sites also experienced a drier-than-normal first half of December.

mid-dec precip chart

Five major climate sites ranked this December 1-15 period among their 20 driest on record, while two sites ranked it among their 20 wettest.

mid-dec sdpt map

Snowfall during the first half of December ranged from 12 inches below normal to more than 12 inches above normal.

Despite below-normal temperatures, there was also a lack of snowfall for most of the region. The largest deficits of more than 12 inches were found in parts of New York and a few spots in northern New England. The greatest surplus of more than 12 inches was found in southeastern West Virginia. For most of the region, though, snowfall ranged from 9 inches below normal to within 3 inches of normal.

mid-dec snow chart

December 1-15 snowfall at the major climate sites ranged from 7.4 inches below normal in Syracuse, NY, to 10.2 inches above normal in Beckley, WV.