December 2015 sets many meteorological milestones

Posted at 4:55 PM, Jan 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-01 16:55:26-05

Richmond, Va. — Winter began on December 21, but it was difficult to tell in Virginia.  The month produced above normal high temperatures on 84% of the days and set many new records, including record warmest high and low temperatures on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


December 2015 will go down as the warmest December ever on record (since 1880) for Richmond.  The monthly average temperature was 11° above normal.


It was also the 8th wettest December on record, coming in 2.68″ above normal.


Other milestones:

  • The low of 65° on December 24th is the warmest low temperature ever recorded in any December
  • Only 6 days had a temperature near or below freezing.  This ties the record from December 1972
  • 8 days had a high of 70° or warmer, breaking the previous record of 7 from 1956 & 1998
Stats courtesy of the National Weather Service in Wakefield.