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King Salmon December 2014


December for King Salmon was much warmer than normal, with a monthly mean of 31.6°F observed, a whopping 13.0°F above normal. The highest temperature for the month was 49°F on the 30th, which also broke the record for that day by 6°F, set in 2009, while the coldest was 8°F on the 21st. Numerous high daily temperatures were set throughout the month: on the 7th, the 47°F observed for the day broke the 2013 record by 2°F, the next day, the 48°F observed broke the old record for that day set back in 1937 by 1°F, and on the 29th the 48°F observed broke the 1967 record by 3°F.

Precipitation was higher than normal with a record 1.96" of precipitation for the month, 0.73" above normal. 0.47" of that precipitation fell on the 31st, which broke the record for that day by 0.19", originally set in 1961. Snowfall was 79% of the 9.5" expected, with just 7.5" of snowfall recorded. The highest wind speed was 59 mph on the 29th from an easterly direction, while the mean wind speed was 10.2 mph.