...Climatological Summary for December 2006...


December proved to be a wild month across the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas. Overall, fifteen records were broken at the 4 ASOS locations (Springfield, Joplin, West Plains and Vichy).  As a whole, December 2006 will go down as one of the warmer Decembers on record as all 4 stations were in the top 20 warmest.

The month began with a bang as the seasons first winter storm took aim on the area.  Most of the freezing precipitation occurred on the last day of November, however most of the snowfall occurred in the early morning of December 1st.  In fact, a record snowfall in Springfield was recorded on the 1st with 5.3 inches of snowfall.

Record lows were set after the snowfall for the next few days in Joplin, Vichy, and West Plains.

Much of the remainder of the month after the 8th of December recorded above normal or near normal temperatures which lead to December 2006 being one of the warmest.

Here are some more detailed statistics from the month of December 2006...

Station
Temperature
Precipitation
 
Springfield
40.1
1.73 inches
16th Warmest
44th Driest (tied)
Joplin
41.5
2.80 inches
12th Warmest
23rd wettest
West Plains
 
41.4
2.07 inches
5th warmest (tie)
19th driest
Vichy
 
39.1
0.87 inches
5th warmest
10th driest

 

List of December 2006 Records for (Springfield, Joplin, West Plains and Vichy)
Date
Station
Record
12/1/06
 
Springfield
5.3 inches of snow
Joplin
11 degrees for low temperature
12/2/06
 
Vichy
11 degrees for low temperature
Joplin
6 degrees for low temperature
12/3/06
Joplin
10 degrees for low temperature
12/4/06
 
 
Joplin
11 degrees for low temperature
West Plains
12 degrees for low temperature
Vichy
7 degrees for low temperature
12/8/06
Joplin
7 degrees for low temperature (tied)
12/14/06
West Plains
66 for high temperature (tied)
12/16/06
 
Joplin
72 for high temperature
Vichy
66 for high temperature
12/17/06
Springfield
68 for high temperature
12/30/06
 
Springfield
1.00 inches for rainfall
Joplin
1.20 inches for rainfall

Here is some additional information for the Springfield, Missouri location...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1971 TO 2000
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1888 TO 2006

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM
                                          NORMAL
................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              77   12/08/1991
                        12/13/1948
 LOW              -16   12/23/1989
HIGHEST            70   12/16        45      25
LOWEST              5   12/08        25     -20
AVG. MAXIMUM     49.8              45.5     4.3
AVG. MINIMUM     30.5              25.9     4.6
MEAN             40.1              35.7     4.4
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0
DAYS MAX <= 32      2               5.0    -3.0
DAYS MIN <= 32     14              22.0    -8.0
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               1.0    -1.0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        11.02   1895
 MINIMUM         0.13   1950
TOTALS           1.73              3.17   -1.44
DAILY AVG.       0.06              0.10   -0.04
DAYS >= .01         7               8.0    -1.0
DAYS >= .10         3               4.0    -1.0
DAYS >= .50         1               2.0    -1.0
DAYS >= 1.00        1               1.0     0.0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    2.63   11/30 TO 12/01

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
TOTALS            5.3
SINCE 7/1        12.3
DAYS >= TRACE       1

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     765               899    -134
 SINCE 7/1       1629              1789    -160
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0
 SINCE 1/1       1697              1366     331
.................................................

WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.4
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    32/130    DATE  12/30
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    40/130    DATE  12/30

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   55

NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           19
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              5
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          7

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     67

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                2     RAIN                       4
LIGHT RAIN                8     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       1
LIGHT SNOW                1     SLEET                      0
FOG                      12     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      2
HAZE                      8

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

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