Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wacky Weather

OH the Weather Outside Is...

...Balmy? This unseasonably warm weather around Christmas has me thinking about some other weird weather phenomenons in Boston history during December...

Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose

On this day in 1883, it was -12 degrees! Quite a difference from the mid 50s we are experiencing today. The only recorded day in December colder was on December 30th, 1933 when the temperature dipped to a chilling -15. Hope you didn't forget your mittens that weekend. Also, who could forget the 13 inches of snow that fell on the 12th in 1960. Wonder if they got a white Christmas that year?

Christmas in the Tropics

This warm weather might not be THAT unreasonable if you remember the 80s (but who does?). In 1984, the temperatures soared to the mid 70s on the 29th and 30th, both record highs. That same month, we saw temps averaging around the mid 50s, almost 20 degrees warmer than the historical average. That almost makes the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Walden Pond appealing! Not quite though.

Some Other Boston Weather Facts:

  • On average, the warmest month is July.
  • The highest recorded temperature was 104°F in 1911.
  • The average coolest month is January.
  • The lowest recorded temperature was -30°F in 1946.
  • March is the average wettest month.

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