|Even hearty Winnipeggers had|
enough of the cold in December
(image - Winnipeg Free Press)
Coldest Decembers on record in Winnipeg (since 1872)
YEAR ..... Average temp
1. 1879 ....... -26.0C
2. 1872 ....... -22.6C
3. 2000 ....... -22.0C
4. 1876 ...... -21.8C
5. 1893 ..... -21.4C
6. 2013 ..... -20.9C
(1981-2010 Dec average .... -13.5C)
|Winnipeg Dec 2013 temperature graph|
Mild days were few and far between
After a few days of relatively mild weather to start the month, the weather turned sharply colder by the 5th after a storm system tracked across southern Manitoba bringing about 15-20 cm of snow to Winnipeg and 25 cm across parts of southern Manitoba. That would usher in a 10 day spell of below normal temperatures, including a record cold -37.3C reading on the 15th. After a brief warmup on the 16th, temperatures dropped below normal again until Christmas holidays which were relatively mild. The Yuletide respite however was replaced by a month end cold spell that sent temperatures plummeting to -37.9C on the 31st.. the coldest December reading in Winnipeg since 1933.
Snowfall for the month (as measured at my site in Charleswood) totalled 40 cm for the month, with 2 main snowfalls dumping 15 cm on the 4th, and 13 cm on the 26th-27th. Seasonal snowfall to the end of December was 66.6 cm, compared to a normal 51 cm by Jan 1st. All in all, a long cold month that felt more like January than December.