Much colder start to December than in years past

The first few days of this December started out fairly mild, but things took a drastic turn five days in after a big Arctic cold front swept through. Since then, it’s been bitter cold. The nights have been frigid with today being the 5th day in a row of low temperatures that were below zero! That kind of stretch this early in December hasn’t happened in Eau Claire since 2007.

So far this month, our average temperature is over 8 degrees below normal, and there is not much relief in sight. It actually gets worse tonight into tomorrow with dangerous wind chills between -20 to -40 degrees. High temperatures in the Chippewa Valley would be lucky to get above zero tomorrow. Last year, our coldest day all winter was on January 22nd when the mercury only made it to 0 degrees with a low temperature of -12 degrees. All in all, that’s not too terribly cold. It can definitely get colder in the winter…just look at record for Eau Claire. I think the thing about last year was how long it stayed cold…mainly because of snow. Remember that May snow? That was fun. We have a feeling in the weather department that this winter may be cold, cold…like really cold!

Okay, so more bad news. Take a look at the first 10 days of highs and lows last December. It was much milder weather in Western Wisconsin! Heck, we even hit 60 degrees on the 3rd! The only good thing about this year compared to last year is that last year on the 9th and 10th there was big snow storm that dumped over 14 inches of snow across parts of the Chippewa Valley including in Eau Claire.

Buckle up folks, looks like a rough winter!

PS…sorry for the depressing blog post.

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