The December that didn't feel like December

Albany weather warmest Decembers

For the record: This past December was the warmest on record* in Albany. The average temperature 41.8 degrees, easily surpassing the old record of 38.6 (set in 1881). And it was 13.3 degrees higher than the 30-year "normal" temp**.

December also included two other local weather records:
+ The high temp of 72 degrees on Christmas Eve is now the highest high on record for a December day in Albany.
+ The snow on December 28 set a new record for latest measurable snowfall (that is, more than a trace) -- the old record had been December 24.

* In this case, "on record" means dating back to 1820.
** The 30-year normal is from 1981-2010.

All numbers via the NWS Albany website.

It feels weird that it's now January and it feels like winter has only just started.

By the way: Over at FiveThirtyEight there's a quick discussion about why December was so warm in the eastern part of the United States. (It involves El Nino.)

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