December weather summary for the Lake Almanor basin

By Dale Knutsen

Special to Plumas News

December in the Lake Almanor basin was relatively dry.  We picked up a modest amount of rain and a foot of snowfall but that falls short of our historic average for the month.  The season total accumulation by the end of the month was 13 inches of snowfall (35 percent of average) and 7.06 inches of total precipitation (59 percent of average).

Temperatures varied on either side of the long-term average during December. Our average morning low was 19.4 degrees F., a bit more than a degree cooler than the norm, while our average afternoon high was 45.6 degrees F., a little more than three degrees warmer than the long-term figure. Overall, that placed the combined average monthly temperature about a degree on the warm side.

The next three months are typically “wet” months in our annual cycle.  It will take some serious or frequent storms to get us closer to an average precipitation season, but there’s still plenty of time for a boost.