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Seasonable Mid December Weather for the Work Week

Matt Ross @ 9:00 AM

While we need to keep an eye on a storm system to our southwest for Thursday/Friday, the remainder of the work week looks fairly uneventful with dry weather and temperatures near normal in the 40s.


Forecast Confidence: HighSunny, Calm Winds. Today will be sunny and seasonable for mid December. With diminishing winds, it will be much more pleasant than yesterday. Afternoon highs will be in the mid 40s. Overnight, clouds will be on the increase with lows in the low to mid 30s.


Forecast Confidence: MediumCloudy, Seasonable. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy on Wednesday as a clipper moves well to our north. Temperatures will again be near normal with afternoon highs of 45-50 degrees. Overnight it will be partly cloudy and cool with lows in the low to mid 30s.


Forecast Confidence: MediumSeasonably Cool, Approaching Storm? Thursday will start out partly sunny and crisp with strong high pressure parked over Northern New England keeping our temperatures chilly. Afternoon highs will be in the low to mid 40s. Overnight a storm system will approach from our southwest. Right now it looks like it will pass to our south and just bring some clouds with lows around 30.

A Look Ahead

  • On Friday we need to keep an eye on a storm system to our south for any coastal redevelopment that could affect our area. Right now Friday just looks partly cloudy and cool with highs in the low 40s.
  • Over the weekend in advance of an approaching cold front, Saturday looks partly to mostly cloudy and milder with highs near 50. On Sunday a cold front looks to cross the region bringing a chance of rain with temperatures falling through the 40s.

Haunting, yet beautiful scene in Northern Maine in the wake of this past weekend's strong east coast storm. Caribou received 17.2" to bring their seasonal total to 57.4" so far. Courtesy of Will Horner.

Mid-Month Climate Update

Other than our early season snow on December 5 that brought 2.6" to National Airport and eclipsed our monthly December average of 1.5", December has been pretty much by the book climatologically. So far we are running less than 0.5 degrees below normal temperature-wise with near normal precipitation at 1.85". However, the only thing keeping our average temperatures close to the norm is our warm lows which have been running nearly 2 degrees above normal versus our high temperatures which have been running nearly 3 degrees below normal. So I suppose December may have the feel of it being colder than the numbers state. As temperatures are looking in the normal range through the weekend, it is the last week of the month that will determine whether we have our 8th consecutive month at or above normal. As of now our winter outlook call of normal to +1 for December is looking pretty good.

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