While winter "officially" starts on Tuesday, unofficially this winter is already long in the tooth. Snowfall has piled up in many areas so far this month with observed accumulations already 50% to 75% of what we should see in an entire winter at many reporting locations. At the National Weather Service Office in Jackson, the 14.9" of observed snowfall is 61% of the 24.5" which normally falls over an entire winter season. This is the snowiest start to a winter season since records began in 1981 at NWS Jackson! If we don't receive any more snow this month, December 2010 will go down in the record books as the 2nd snowiest December at Jackson, behind the 17.6" of snow which fell for the month just last year.
Below is a graphical depiction of snowfall amounts through the first 2 1/2 weeks of December across east Kentucky...
As one would expect with such heavy early season snow, temperatures are also running well below normal. In fact, this is the coldest first 19 days of December on record at NWS Jackson. Here are the stats for coldest first 19 days of December at the station...
Rank Value Year
Weather records at the London Corbin Airport go back much further, all the way to 1954. At London, this is also the coldest first 19 days of December on record. Here are the stats for London...
Rank Value Year 1 26.9 2010 2 29.4 1958 3 29.8 1963