NORMAN — A snowy, icy and cold December brought an end to what the Oklahoma Climatological Survey calls a “boisterous” 2013.
Associate Climatologist Gary McManus says preliminary data ranks the month as the 17th coldest December in records dating to 1895 with a statewide average temperature of 35.2 degrees — nearly 4 degrees below normal.
The average temperature for the year was 58.9 degrees, more than 4 degrees cooler than 2012. The average rainfall statewide was 37.01 inches, 0.32 inches above normal, but McManus notes that central through eastern Oklahoma received 50 to 60 inches of rain while far western Oklahoma received just 15 to 20 inches.
The highest temperature recorded during 2013 was 111 degrees at Freedom on June 27 while the lowest was -10 at Kenton on Jan 2.