December Summary

December 2011 was exceptionally warm for New York City.  In fact, this was the city’s 5th warmest December on record. The average high temperature for the month was 43.3°F. That is 5.3°F above normal.

The winter solstice arrived on December 22nd with a balmy high temperature of 58°F.  The normal high for that day is 41°F.

In terms of rainfall, the city finished exactly average with 4.0 inches of rain. The real precipitation story, however, was snowfall … or more accurately, the lack of it. We normally see 4.6 inches of snow by the end of December, but this year there was none. This is a huge departure from the same time period last year, when the city received 20.1 inches of snow.  What a difference a year can bring!