Our current cold snap has us feeling like the tail end of the month rather than the first week of December as arctic air continues to trickle into the region. This week’s weather is being dominated by a series of cold fronts that are working to reinforce our colder temperatures regime and also produce a few snow flurries. However, the major snow producing storm systems are being diverted around us and it looks like this particular aspect of our pattern will hold true for at least the next week or so, if not longer. While readings to start the month last weekend were very typical of early December, things have certainly gotten colder since then and will remain on the chilly side through the rest of the work week with highs in the teens and 20s in the forecast. As far as snow is concerned, we have a slight surplus for the month with 4.1″ so far in Rochester which is about two inches above normal to this point in December. The average amount for the month overall is 12.5″ according to the brand new 30 year climate calculations from the National Weather Service. Looking ahead ta the rest of December with our climate “normals” in mind, we’ll lose five minutes of daylight by New Years Eve, but the actual sunset will be ten minutes later, so most people will benefit from that change, but the average daily high will fall from 30° where it stands today to 24° by the end of the month.
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This post was written by tschmidt on December 6, 2011