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A December to remember! Looking back at the record setting month

Good riddance! That's what many of us would say to the chilly December 2010 as we kick it to the curb heading into 2011. The month will go down as the coldest December on history here in the Port City setting many records along the way.

This year's avergage temperature for the month was below 38 degrees - breaking the record of 38.0 set in December of 1917. In case you were wondering, this month's average temperature is more typical of Philadelphia and New York City for December!

Even though there haven't been many record lows set in Wilmington this month (just 1, December 15: 17°F) the consistency of the cold has been what's made this month so impressive. In fact, we saw a streak of 29 straight days below average temperature from December 2nd - December 30th. If our high falls below 64 on this New Year's Eve (which we believe it will), we'll extend that streak to 30 days!

Day in and day out, the mornings were bitterly cold here in Wilmington. For the month, we recorded 21 morning lows in the 20's or colder -- that's the most ever for any month in Wilmington history! In fact, looking at other cities across the East Coast, we can boast more 20 degree mornings that they can. New York has only seen 18 mornings in the 20's, with only 16 of those days in Washington, DC.

While we've been trying to warm up all month long, it seems that switching the calendar to 2011 might just do the trick.

 The Jet Stream has flip flopped on us. Now, we see a large trough digging into the west and an impressive ridge setting up over the East Coast. That means nice weather for this weekend with temperatures easily in the 60's to near 70 for both Saturday and Sunday. Get out those shorts!

In fact, this trend of warmer weather looks like it may continue past just this weekend. Long range models are setting up nicely for a near-average to even slightly above average January and February. A far cry from the record setting cold we've seen here this month!

Enjoy the warm weather, and Happy New Year!

- TB

 

By: Tim Buckley