...Historical Temperature Swings for the New Year...

...HISTORICAL TEMPERATURE SWINGS FOR THE NEW YEAR...

CURRENT FORECASTS CONTINUE TO INDICATE A SIGNIFICANT TEMPERATURE
CHANGE IS IN STORE FOR THE SPRINGFIELD AREA BETWEEN NEW YEARS EVE
AND NEW YEARS DAY. A QUICK LOOK BACK INTO THE CLIMATOLOGICAL
RECORD BOOKS SUGGESTS THAT A TEMPERATURE SWING OF 35 DEGREES OR
GREATER BETWEEN THE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON NEW YEARS EVE AND THE LOW
TEMPERATURE ON NEW YEARS DAY OCCURS ABOUT ONCE EVERY 12-13 YEARS.
SINCE 1888/1889 (122 YEARS)...THERE HAVE BEEN 9 YEARS THAT HAVE
HAD TEMPERATURE SWINGS OF 35 DEGREES OR GREATER.

THE LATEST TEMPERATURE FORECAST IS FOR A HIGH OF 61 ON
FRIDAY...WITH A LOW OF 21 ON NEW YEARS DAY. A TEMPERATURE SWING OF
40 DEGREES OR GREATER HAS OCCURRED 5 TIMES SINCE 1888/1889 DURING
NEW YEARS EVE/DAY OF THE FOLLOWING YEARS...

1910/1911...42 DEGREES
1919/1920...40 DEGREES
1933/1934...40 DEGREES
1941/1942...43 DEGREES
1951/1952...55 DEGREES

WHILE A DROP OF 40 DEGREES BETWEEN FRIDAY AND SATURDAY REMAINS A
RATHER UNPLEASANT THOUGHT...IT COMES NOWHERE NEAR THE HISTORICAL
RECORD OF NEW YEARS EVE 1951 AND NEW YEARS DAY 1952. THE HIGH ON
NEW YEARS EVE WAS A WHOPPING 76 DEGREES (DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURE
RECORD FOR DEC 31)...BEFORE TEMPERATURES PLUMMETED TO 21 DEGREES FOR
THE LOW ON NEW YEARS DAY OF 1952.


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