December sets 3 records: Trio of records fall for the month

Published 11:07 am Sunday, January 3, 2016

ah.10.03.aAustin closed out 2015 with a trio of December weather records while just missing another.

The three 2015 weather records set for the month of December were: highest average temperature at 29.7 degrees, highest average low temperature at 24.3 degrees, and total precipitation at 3.99 inches, according to National Weather Service records dating to 1938.

Austin just missed setting a yearly precipitation record at 45.69 inches, which was second to 1993’s 46.01 inches.

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The average 29.7 degree December topped the old record of 29 degrees in 1965, and it was well above the normal average of 17.0 degrees.

ah.01.03.aThe warm 2015 December was more a matter of consistent moderate temperatures and high low temperatures than extreme highs. The highest temperature recorded in December, 46 degrees, was far below the monthly record of 65 degrees set in 1998. The lowest December temperature was 6 degrees on Dec. 19 and 20.

Austin’s average December high temperature was 35.2 degrees, which was well above the normal 25.9 degrees. And the record high for average low of 24.3 degrees was also well above the normal of 9.8 degrees.

The average December temperature in 2014 was 23 degrees.

Though 2015 set the record, cold temperatures in the teens to close out the month dropped the average temperature from 30.3 degrees on Wednesday to 29.7 degrees by Thursday.

For the year, the average temperature was 45.9 degrees. The highest yearly average temperature in Austin was 52.4 degrees in 1938, while the lowest average temperature was 34.3 in 1979.

Austin’s highest recorded 2015 temperature was 95 on June 10, while the lowest was minus 17 on both Feb. 27 and 28.