...Climatology of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day...

New Year's Climatology

The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. It is a time to celebrate the previous year and ring in the new year on a happy note. New Year's Eve or Old Year's Night is observed on December 31, the final day of the Gregorian year, the day before New Year's Day. New Year's Eve is a separate observance from the observance of New Year's Day.

Weather plays a big part in New Year's celebrations, as it occurs in the middle of winter. Below are some historical weather facts for Springfield, MO and the Ozarks.

For the latest forecast for this coming New Year's Eve go to our Area Forecast Briefing Page.

New Year's Eve

Normal Daily Values:

High temperature = 42

Low Temperature = 25

Avg. Temperature = 34

Precipitation = 0.09"

Snowfall = 0.1"

Record high Temperature = 76 in 1951

Record Low Temperature = -6 in 1976

Record Avg. Temperature = 61.0 in 2004

Record Precipitation = 1.90" in 1984

Record Snowfall = 3.1" in 1978

The last measurable snowfall recorded on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day occurred in 2003 when 0.3" of snow fell on New Year's Day or in 2000 when 0.1" of snow fell on New Year's Eve.

New Year's Day

Normal Daily Values:

High temperature = 42

Low Temperature = 24

Avg. Temperature = 33

Precipitation = 0.08"

Snowfall = 0.2"

Record high Temperature = 70 in 2005

Record Low Temperature = -8 in 1928

Record Avg. Temperature = 62.5 in 2005

Record Precipitation = 1.84" in 1892

Record Snowfall = 4.9" in 1948


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