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Nome December 2011


Nome reported a mean monthly temperature in December of 6.5°F, a negative deviation of 3.0°F from the long term mean. The warmest monthly temperature was 33°F, observed on the 7th and 8th, while the coldest temperature occurred on the 29th and 31st with values of -32°F. The daily temperatures were seasonally colder than normal, especially in the last 10 days of the month. Precipitation was above the expected range, totaling 2.15" the mean value for December is 1.08". Hence, twice the expected precipitation was recorded. Snowfall was 27.7", closing in on twice the norm of 14.5". On the 3rd, 6.5" of snow fell, surpassing the old record of 6.2" for this day, which had been established in 1979. On the 6th another snowfall record was broken. 4.1" of snow fell, breaking the old record of 3.9" set in 1993. The following day, another 5.6" of snow was measured, establishing a new record for this day by surpassing the old record of 4.4" from back in 1981. The average wind speed for the month was 10.8 mph, and the highest gust was observed with 53 mph on the 10th of December.