Temperatures were well below normal for December 2009 at the Dodge City Regional Airport. The average temperature was 27.8 degrees and that was 5.3 degrees below normal. This was the 19th coldest December on record. The average high temperature was 38.6 degrees and the average low was 16.9. The warmest temperature was 60 degrees on the 13th and 16th. The coldest was 3 below zero on the morning of the 10th. Dodge city did not get above freezing from the 6th to the 10th. The highs for those days were 28, 17, 19, 13 and 28. The low on the 9th was 1 below zero. No records were set during the month. The average temperature for the year was 54.5 degrees which was 0.6 degrees below normal. This was the 56th coolest year on record.
The total precipitation for the month was only 0.38 inches and that was 0.39 inches below normal. The highest 24 hour amount was 0.21 inches on the 8th and that was in the form of snow and freezing rain. The total precipitation for the year was 25.52 inches, which ranked as the 24th wettest on record. The annual records date back to 1875. The total snowfall for the month was 2.6 inches and most of that fell on the 8th (2.1 inches). The total snowfall for the season was 3.1 inches as of December 31st.
The average wind speed for the month was 13.0 mph. The highest wind gust was 52 mph from the northwest on the 24th. The wind was also strong on the 25th with a high gust of 51 mph also from the northwest.