The first three days of December were unseasonably mild with lows around 30 and highs in the 60s at Dodge City. But, then Arctic air made an appearance bringing much below normal temperatures. The cold stayed for 8 days before a mid-month warm-up occurred across Kansas. The mercury fell to below zero at the Dodge City airport on 2 consecutive calendar days with 4 below zero observed on the 6th and 5 below observed on the 7th. The 5 below zero temperature was the coldest of the month at Dodge City and the warmest was 66 degrees recorded on the 2nd and again on the 18th. At the Dodge City airport, the average temperature for December was 29.9 degrees which was 2.9 degrees below normal and also tied as the 32nd coldest December on record. The low of 5 below zero on the 7th was also a record low for that date at Dodge City. Another record was established on the 5th when the mercury only rose to 16 degrees for a high – the previous was 18 degrees set in 1950 and 1972.
Precipitation for December at the Dodge City airport was below normal as only 0.48 inches fell, which was 0.36 inches below normal. However, snowfall was above normal as 5.5 inches was observed at the airport. Normal is around 4 inches. A winter storm brought significantly higher amounts of snow to Ford county on the 21st. Amounts of 12 to 14 inches were reported near Bucklin, Kingsdown and Bloom.
The average wind for December was 11.7 MPH which is below the normal speed of 12.7 MPH. The highest wind for the month at the Dodge City airport was 48 MPH measured on the 29th behind a strong cold front.