CLEVELAND - December was a much warmer than normal month across the Greater Cleveland area this year.
The mean daily average temperature was 37.8 degrees or 5.4 degrees higher than the area typically experiences for this time of year. December will go down as the 8th month in 2012 of above normal temperatures according to a review of records from the National Weather Service in Cleveland.
Akron, Mansfield, Youngstown and Toledo in northern Ohio were also much above normal in December in the range of 5 to 7 degrees above the 30 year averages.
For Cleveland, temperatures ranged from a high of 62 degrees on December 3rd and 4th to a low of 19 degrees on December 30th.
On the precipitation side, a total of 3.93 inches of precipitation (including rain and melted snow) was measured in December, making the month a near normal one statistically.
Meteorologists at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport measured 15.2 inches of snow for the month, or 1.1 inches more than is normal. The biggest one day snow occurred the day after Christmas when 5.0 inches of snow fell.
So far for the 2012-2013 season, the Cleveland area stands at 15.5 inches of snow, or 3.1 inches less than normal for a winter that has yet to fully capture northeast Ohio.