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Year ends on a rainy note

December can offer a little of everything when it comes to weather, and that was the case last month in Mount Airy.

It produced temperature extremes at both ends of the scale — in the teens and upper 60s — but most of all December 2019 will go down in the books as a wet time.

This included measurable amounts of precipitation occurring on nearly half (15) of December’s 31 days and a total output for the month which was more than two inches above normal.

The most rain occurring during a single day was a whopping 2.13 inches logged for Dec. 1, according to a breakdown from F.G. Doggett Water Plant, the city’s official weather-monitoring station.

A total of 5.84 inches fell during the month, compared to the all-time local average for December of 3.74 inches. Weather records have been kept in Mount Airy since 1924.

Last month’s precipitation picture also included snow flurries on Dec. 11 which resulted in no accumulation.

Mount Airy finished 2019 with a total output of 53.82 inches — 5.46 inches, or 11.3 percent, higher than the local December average of 48.36 inches.

On the mercury side of things, the maximum temperature here last month was 68 degrees, recorded on both Christmas Day and Dec. 29.

The monthly low of 19 was registered on both Dec. 20 and 21.

All that added up to temperatures averaging 41.1 degrees in December, nearly two degrees warmer than the local average for the month of 39.3.

Frost was noted on four days last month at the water plant and fog on eight.

Staff Report



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