28th-31st. Stormy New England, with heavy wet snow/sleet. Rainy Mid-Atlantic States. Then fair, cold.
December 28: I think there were a grand total of 6 snowflakes on the ground when we woke up this morning. Of course, they were gone by the time the sun came around. A crisp, fierce, but sunny day.
December 29: A brisk morning and afternoon, with a taste of snow in the air, then rain. Rain, rain, rain. Rain turns to “wintry mix” around 6, turns to snow around 9 PM.
December 30: Wake up to a winter wonderland in the low 20s. By the coast we escaped most of the accumulation, but because of the late rain and slow transition to wintry mix, there’s a layer of ice underneath the mantle of white. But the sun is peeping out and trying to thaw things a bit, and make life easier for the shovelers…
December 31: A day of weak sunlight and icy sidewalks. Took a brisk late-afternoon/early-evening stroll in the dog park to tire out the little fur-beast before heading out to a home-cooked 6-course New Year’s Eve dinner. Had to skip the beer pairings this year….but that’s ok! There’s always next year!
24th-27th. Some snow Christmas.
December 24: Christmas Eve. I think that for much of the country, “some snow Christmas” is going to be an accurate forecast. Not sure about my part of New England, however. 25 degrees at 7 AM, sunny and crisp-looking out.
December 25: Christmas. Woke up to snow! Well! Santa brought Amy just enough snow to run around in, and a few flakes to take a walk in.
December 26: St Stephen. Ice on driveway and windshield in the AM. Cloud cover throughout the day, storms begin to move in around 4 or 5 PM. Strong winds beginning 9 PM.
December 27: Winds and rain continued throughout the night and in to the midmorning. No snow, here by the sea, but plenty of rain, and the wind is driving it at right angles. Overcast skies and intense rain persists through bedtime.
20th-23rd. Snow from Pennsylvania and New York to Maine. Showery across Mid-Atlantic States, then clearing, very cold.
December 20: Rainy and unpleasant.
December 21: Early morning rain and winds and a midday monsoon give way to a lovely late afternoon full of sun and fresh air.
December 22: Early AM, the weatherglass predicts approaching low pressure, and the dog is going berserk. A brief passing shower seems to set her right, after which all is sun and pleasantry. Canned 3 pints of cranberry sauce for the pantry.
December 23: Roman feast of Saturnalia. Woke up at 7:30 AM to a cheerful 25 degrees. I’m glad I didn’t look at the outdoor temp when I had awoken two hours earlier, at 5 AM. So I waited until the outdoor temp had crested 30 before taking Amy out for a walk. It actually wasn’t too bad, if I kept the hood of my jacket up. Canned the last 3 pints of cranberry sauce for the year — that makes 6 in the pantry.
December 16: Boston Tea Party Day. A hint of a few snowflakes in the late morning, which resolves in to persistent rain for the rest of the day. Chill but not icy.
December 17: Still raining, but the constant cloud cover has kept the temperature north of freezing. Even after dark, the roads have not developed any icy patches.
December 18: Still raining. Three days and nights of cloud cover means warmth is lingering, and AM temperatures are in the mid and high 40s here by the coast and the city. Rain stops late evening.
December 19: Mostly overcast, no rain. Temps in the 40s.
12th-15th. Snowstorm, with significant accumulations down to Maryland, Virginia, then fair, cold.
December 12: A bitter morning after the mildness of the last few days — just a hair below freezing, “feels like” only 25 degrees.
December 13: Santa Lucia. 25 degrees at 7 AM — for real. And yet the end of the day is a pleasant 40. A hint of winter?
December 14: What is this pattern of bitter mornings and mild afternoons? 28 degrees at 7 AM, and a thick frost that lingers in the shadows past sunrise — in some places, it looks almost like a dusting of snow. 48 degrees at 2:30 PM, and the enclosed porch is a downright pleasant place to sit for a while.
December 15: Chill morning — 33 degrees at 7 AM. 40 degrees at 12:30 PM, but a pleasant 40 degrees at that.
8th-11th. Some snow New England. Wintry mix Mid-Atlantic.
December 8: Much AM rain. 2 PM temperature: 44 degrees.
December 9: A lovely day. Late PM rain.
December 10: Rain all night and in to the early morning. Intensifying, passing showers throughout the morning, intermittent thunder between noon and 2. 60 degrees at 4 PM.
December 11: Mild morning, no rain. Gloomy. 45 degrees at 10 AM. But the day ends in sunshine!
December 4: No fog before dawn. Pea-soup fog after. 43 degrees at 8:30 AM. Still 43 degrees at 11 AM.
December 5: Early AM rain tapers off by midmorning and the sun starts to peek out. Lunchtime is almost pleasant, but I could do with a jacket or heavy sweater. Still, it’s cold. And after the sun goes down, it’s colder.
December 6: In the upper 20’s at 6:30 AM. 35 degrees at noon.
December 7: Pearl Harbor Day. Morning brisk but tolerable. Pleasant enough to run a long list of errands, if a mix of overcast and sunny. Late afternoon (4 PM) rain. 43 degrees and 6 PM.