Cold Blast in December - Not the Coldest Though! -
If you think this cold streak in mid-December is rare, think again.
Here's a look at how our December stacks up.
This arctic air brought in a rare snow event in Austin last Sunday and extremely cold temperatures across Central Texas over the past few days.
The dip in the jet-stream pulling in the cold air, affected 47 of the 48 states, and is something we don't usually see until late January. However, it's not all that rare in December.
AVERAGE MONTH TEMPERATURE IN DECEMBER
We started with record highs in the 80s at the beginning of the month.
That brings our average December temperature to 49 degrees as of Dec. 10.
The average for the month of December is 53 degrees.
The coldest month is December 1859 with 40 degrees.
Second place goes to the December 1983 with 41 degrees.
COLD DECEMBER IN 1983
If fact, in 1983, temperatures stayed in the 20s and teens the last two weeks of month! Austin even hit 10 degrees on Christmas 1983, the 4th coldest temperature ever recorded in Austin.
NEAR RECORD COLD WEEK
Interestingly though, Thursday the 5th through Monday the 9th, Austin came in second place for the coldest average temperatures in that time frame of 37.8 degrees.
The record stands at 37.3 degrees 12/5 / 12/9 in 1898.
BELOW 32 FOR DAYS
Also, we stayed below 32 degrees for 77 hours (3 days).
The record goes to that cold week in December 1983, we stayed under 32 degrees for 140 hours (6 days)!!
As of Dec. 10, the coldest temperature in Austin this year has reached 27.
Temperatures are slowly warming up this week. Check the latest forecast:
Meteorologist Allison Miller