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December 2015 sets many meteorological milestones

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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.

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

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

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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.