Spring in December- How rare is it?

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...HOW RARE IS THE SPRING LIKE WARMTH WE ARE EXPERIENCING?...

EARLY SUNDAY AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES ARE AT LEAST 60 DEGREES AT
EVERY AIRPORT OBSERVATION SITE ACROSS NORTHERN ILLINOIS AND
NORTHWEST INDIANA.

USING DATA AT CHICAGO AND ROCKFORD FOR REFERENCE...PRIOR TO
TODAY...THERE HAD ONLY BEEN 71 DAYS THAT HAD REACHED 60 DEGREES
ON RECORD IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER IN CHICAGO AND ONLY 29 IN
ROCKFORD. RECORDS DATE BACK TO 1871 FOR CHICAGO AND 1906 FOR
ROCKFORD.

TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST TO BE EVEN WARMER MONDAY...WITH THE
METEOROLOGICAL SETUP SHOWING SIMILARITIES TO A COMPOSITE OF PAST
EXTREME WARM DECEMBER DAYS. WHILE 70 DEGREE TEMPERATURES ARE NOT
CURRENTLY EXPLICITLY FORECAST FOR CHICAGO AND ROCKFORD...70 DEGREE
READINGS ARE POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80. THERE
HAVE ONLY BEEN TWO 70 DEGREE DAYS IN CHICAGO DURING DECEMBER ON
RECORD. AS FOR ROCKFORD...NO 70 DEGREE DECEMBER DAYS HAVE BEEN
OBSERVED...WITH THE 67 DEGREES ON DEC 5 2001 BEING THE WARMEST.

RECORD HIGHS FOR DECEMBER 3RD:

CHICAGO: 71* (1970)

*THE ONLY OTHER DECEMBER 70 DEGREE DAY ON RECORD IN CHICAGO WAS 71
 DEGREES ON DEC 2 1982.

ROCKFORD: 65 (1970)

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RC 

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
0140 PM CST SUN DEC 02 2012

...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE TIED AT ROCKFORD IL TODAY...

A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 64 DEGREES WAS TIED AT
ROCKFORD IL TODAY. THIS TIES THE OLD RECORD SET IN 1982.
* Statement will be updated if temperature warms above 64 deg in Rockford. 


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