Photograph by Kathy Bell, owner of kbella photography.
Where has the year gone?
Now we are in the twelfth month of this year, and it will be New Years before you know it.
By the calendar, winter starts on December 21st, but meteorologically speaking, it begins on December 1st. Here in Birmingham, we enter our stretch of three coldest months at the beginning of December.
December is the second coldest month in Birmingham, with a mean temperature of 45.2 degrees. We start off with an average high of 60F, and that is the last time we will see that until late February. The December 1st average low of 38F will drop to 33F by the end of the month.
The warmest it has ever been in any December in the Magic City was 80F on December 7, 1951. The coldest it has ever been is 1F twice, on December 13, 1962 and December 23, 1989.
The average rainfall during the month is 4.41 inches. 13.98 inches fell in January 1961, the wettest ever.
On average, a trace of snow falls in December. Eight inches of snow fell in December 1963, the most ever.
Only January features less sunshine, with the 12th month averaging 46% of possible sunshine, the 1st month 42%.