As the month of December begins, we’re faced with a mixture of dry spells, wildfires, and snow! Here are some of the staggering statistics that have come out of the last few days.
- Salt Lake City, UT went from their daily record high of 65 on Sunday, December 3 (which is also their 4th warmest Dec. day on record) to their first accumulating snow of the season the morning of Monday, December 4. 0.3 inches of snow at the airport is tied for the 10th latest date of SLC’s first measurable snowfall. Their temperature dropped 13 degrees in 5 minutes with the cold front.
- Portland, OR: How rare is it to have 10+ consecutive dry days in Dec at PDX? It has only happened 10 times since 1943. Therefore, a dry streak like this can be expected approximately every 8 yrs. The last time a 10 day streak happened was 2009.
- Albuquerque, NM: As of Monday, December 4, the city has gone 59 consecutive days without measurable precipitation. This is the 26th longest period on record since 1891.
- SPC’s critical fire outlook for southern CA on Tuesday, December 5 appears to be only the second such outlook issued during December since at least 2002. Big fires themselves are rare in California during December.
- One of the largest 24 hour temp drops was 42 degrees in Fairmont MN from Monday, December 4 to Tuesday, December 5.
- Las Vegas, NV: As of Tuesday, December 5, it’s been 82 days with no observed precipitation in Las Vegas. That’s the fourth longest stretch since precipitation records began in 1937. For reference, the all-time dry streak (101 days in 1944).
- The NWS offices of El Paso, Midland/Odessa, Corpus Christi, San Antonio/Austin, New Orleans/Baton Rouge, Jackson MS, Mobile/Pensacola, and Birmingham have now issued Winter Weather Advisories before Boston, New York, and Binghamton NY.
- 1,373 days – the last time Corpus Christi NWS issued a Winter Weather Advisory for south Texas. They issued one Thursday, December 7.
What was the weather like in your area this week? Let us know in the comments below!