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Monthly Climate Summary - December 2013

National Weather Service, Springfield, MO

Monthly Climate Overview

Several storm systems affected the Missouri Ozarks and southeast Kansas throughout the month of December which brought a variety of Winter weather to the area on several different occasions. Temperatures across the area were below normal for the month with generally drier than normal conditions for precipitation in the month.

Here are reviews of some of the more notable events from the month...

Heavy Snow December 5th-6th

Snowfall December 9th

Wintery Precipitation December 13th-14th

Winter Storm December 20th-21st

Springfield
Joplin
West Plains
Vichy
Highest Temperature of the Month
62
66
67
65
Average High Temperature
42.1
43.2
44.4
41.1
Lowest Temperature of the Month
1
3
6
3
Average Low Temperature
21.8
22.9
24.8
21.4
Average Mean Temperature
31.9
33.0
34.6
31.2
Depart from Normal
-3.1
-4.2
-1.6
-2.5
Rank
15th coldest / 126
12th coldest / 86
18th coldest / 66
8th coldest / 64
Days with lows of 32 deg F or Lower
26
27
20
27
Days with lows of 0 deg F or Lower
0
0
0
0
Days with highs of 32 degrees or lower
8
11
5
12
Days with highs of 90 degrees or warmer
0
0
0
0
 
Precipitation (Inches)
2.56
1.38
2.31
1.87
Depart from Normal
-0.48
-1.44
-1.33
-0.77
Rank
51st wettest / 126
34th driest / 103
24th driest / 66
29th driest / 65
days of 0.01 or greater
9
6
5
6
days of 0.10 or greater
6
4
4
4
days of 0.50 or greater
2
1
2
2
days of 1.00 or greater
1
0
1
0
Monthly Snowfall
13.5
 
+8.6
     

Monthly Climate Maps


December 2013 Precipitation Departure from Normal

December 2013 Precipitation Departure from Normal


December 2013 Average Temperature Departure from Normal

December 2013 Average Temperature Departure from Normal

Monthly Climate Records

 

List of December 2013 Records
Date
Station
Record
12/6/2013
Springfield
3.2 inches of snow breaks the old record of 2.5 inches set in 1969.
12/9/2013
Springfield
4.3 inches of snow breaks the old record of 2.5 inches set in 2002.

Monthly Climate Normals

 

Normal Conditions for the Upcoming 3 Months
 Springfield
 
High
Low
Precip.
Snowfall
January
42.9
22.4
2.47
5.4
February
48.2
26.1
2.52
3.6
March
57.5
35.2
3.62
2.4
Joplin 
 
High
Low
Precip.
Snowfall
January
44.9
25.0
2.03
4.7
February
50.5
29.2
2.32
3.5
March
60.1
37.7
3.42
1.1
 
West Plains
 
High
Low
Precip.
January
44.6
23.5
2.72
February
49.2
26.5
2.84
March
59.5
35.5
4.29
Vichy
 
High
Low
Precip.
January
40.7
21.5
2.17
February
45.8
25.5
1.93
March
56.3
34.3
3.45