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Looking back, December 2010 is hard to believe

How quickly we forget the past! Our weather may be "chilly" right now, but honestly it's not that out of the norm for this time of year. Out of curiosity I decided to look back at the notoriously cold December of last year, and was almost surprised at exactly how cold it was here. The numbers speak for themselves!

Here's just a sampling of statistics for you:

The month just shattered records in Wilmington. Coldest by average temperature, most 20 degree days, etc. The fact that we only had 3 days that even reached 60 or higher really is phenomenal. THIS year, we've already had 6 such days - 4 of which made it up into the 70's. 

If you look at it strictly by average temperature, which ended up at 38 degrees on the nose, the month actually resembled a December more typical of Philadelphia, PA than Wilmington, NC. Philly's average temperature in December is right around 36 degrees. 

Across the state, the numbers were nearly as impressive. Many other cities, not just Wilmington, set records for their coldest Dec. on record. The fact was, there just wasn't a warm-up to be found throughout the entire month as bitterly cold high pressure sat over the Carolinas for the better part of four weeks. 

As far as this year goes - we're still only 9 days into the month, but it's clear we're in a completely different climate pattern as we start this winter. We're running about 3.0 degrees above average in December so far. The cold spells have been relatively short-lived, and storms have taken a much more northerly track than last year. As we head into the next several weeks, prolonged cold is still possible - but nothing as dramatic as last year can be expected.

So I suppose the moral of the story today is if you're complaining about the cold at times, think to yourself, "Could be worse. Could be last year!"

Have a great weekend!

- TB

By: Tim Buckley

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