End of the year could exceed monthly norms in snowfall and precipitation

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The first seven days of December have resulted in snowfall and precipitation posts at the local airport weather station on pace to exceed the monthly norms.

8.8 centimetres of snow — 7.4 of it falling last Thursday — represents nearly a third of the 26.8, December’s average.

It resulted in 8.8 millimetres of precipitation, and that’s exactly 40 per cent of the monthly norm of 22.

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Meantime, according to the airport station records dating back to 1942, Friday will be the 60th anniversary of December’s one day local snowfall and precipitation records.

On Dec. 11, 1955, the station posted record totals of 28.7 centimetres of snow and 28.7 millimetres of precipitation.

They were part of monthly totals of 85.1 centimetres of snow, which were nearly four times the aforementioned December norms.

However, it was May 22, 1960 when the airport station recorded the area’s heaviest one day snowfall of 47.8 centimetres, and it was Jun. 271965, when it posted the one day record rainfall and precipitation totals of 80.3 millimetres.

In the meantime, the coldest temperature recorded so far this month was the Saturday low of -15.7, but last year we had 22 December overnight lows colder than that, with -24.9, on the second of the month, the coldest of the group.

However, we have to go back to 1992 to find the airport station’s coldest recorded December temperature, and that was -44.6 on the 29th.

According to the same records, you need to back up even further to Jan. 30, 1947, to find the all-time low of -47.2, and it was the second of five consecutive days when the overnight lows were all -40 or colder.

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