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Weather Talk: Snowy December was also very cold

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Weather Talk: Snowy December was also very cold
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December 2008 will always be remembered for the record-breaking snowfall. Last month was not only the snowiest December on record, but the snowiest month recorded as well.

Somewhat forgotten with all the snowfall was how bitterly cold much of the month was. December finished with an average temperature of just

5.9 degrees, 6.6 degrees below the monthly average of 12.5 degrees.

Twenty-three of the 31 days in December had temperatures below average. Twenty days saw temperatures below zero, with the coldest being minus 24, recorded on the last day of the month. Of those 20 days with below-zero temperatures, four saw both the low and high temperatures remain in negative territory.

With an average temperature of only 5.9 degrees, December was also the coldest month in 2008 besting January 2008 by 0.6 degrees for that honor.

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