# Temperatures - December

#### SWC75

##### Bored Historian
Here are the actual high temperatures in Syracuse for each day in December 2020 compared to the average high, (based on stats that go back to 1901) and the difference that day, + or – as well as a running deficit or surfeit. Here is the website I used for these numbers:
Accuweather now gives the historical averages but not the actual high for each date:
https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/syracuse/13202/december-weather/329675
I used this for the daily highs:

The numbers are the date, the actual high, the historical average high, the net difference, the cumulative net since January 1st, the numbers of days we exceeded the historical average, the number of days we didn't reach it and the number of days we tied it.

December 2020

12/01 46 – 42 = +4 = +1125 = 211-113-12
12/02 37 – 41 = -4 = +1121 = 211-114-12
12/03 46 – 41 = +5 = +1126 = 212-114-12
12/04 46 – 40 = +6 = +1132 = 213-114-12
12/05 39 – 40 = -1 = +1131 = 213-115-12
12/06 32 – 40 = -3 = +1128 = 213-116-12
12/07 30 – 39 = -9 = +1119 = 213-117-12
12/08 30 – 39 = -9 = +1110 = 213-118-12
12/09 30 – 38 = -8 = +1102 = 213-119-12
12/10 37 – 38 = -1 = +1101 = 213-120-12
12/11 43 – 38 = +5 = +1106 = 214-120-12
12/12 55 – 37 = +18 = +1124 = 215-120-12
12/13 55 – 37 = +18 = +1125 = 216-120-12
12/14 37 – 37 = 0 = +1125 = 216-120-13
12/15 32 – 36 = -4 = +1121 = 216-121-13
12/16 25 – 36 = -11 = +1110 = 216-122-13
12/17 27 – 36 = -9 = +1101 = 216-123-13
12/18 28 – 35 = -7 = +1094 = 216-124-13
12/19 30 – 35 = -5 = +1089 = 216-125-13
12/20 37 – 35 = +2 = +1091 = 217-125-13
12/21 43 – 34 = +9 = +1110 = 218-125-13
12/22 39 – 34 = +5 = +1115 = 219-125-13
12/23 43 – 34 = +9 = +1124 = 220-125-13
12/24 52 – 34 = +18 = +1125 = 221-125-13
12/25 54 – 34 = +20 = +1126 = 222-125-13
12/26 28 – 33 = -5 = +1121 = 222-126-13
12/27 36 – 33 = +3 = +1124 = 223-126-13
12/28 45 – 33 = +12 = +1136 = 224-126-13
12/29 30 – 33 = -3 = +1133 = 224-127-13
12/30 45 – 33 = +12 = +1145 = 225-127-13
12/31 41 – 32 = +9 = +1154 = 226-127-13

Comments: 2020 was the seventh year I’ve kept track of temperatures and by far the warmest. We wound up +1154 degrees. In 2016 we were +653 degrees. The other positive years are a fraction of those two: +64 in 2015 and +43 in 2019. We ‘won’ 226 days by exceeding the average high. We did that 205 times in 2016, 182 in 2015 and 173 in 2019. The other years we lost more games than we won. In 2020 we won January, February, March, June, July, August, September, November and December. We lost October 15-16, tied May 15-15-1 and only lost April, 11-18-1.

The six years I’ve been keeping track of this:
2014 -200 degrees 155-193-17
2015 +64 degrees 182-171-12
2016 +653 degrees 205-145-16
2017 -26 degrees 163-186-16
2018 -202 degrees 160-191-14
2019 +43 degrees 173-169-23
2020 +1154 degrees 226-127-13
TOTAL +1486 degrees 1264-1082-101

2020 Month by Month
January +220 25-6-0
February +44 19-8-2
March +200 20-10-1
April -121 11-18-1
May +10 15-15-1
June +107 21-9-0
July +189 28-2-1
August +100 20-8-3
September +80 15-12-3
October +32 15-16-0
November +261 21-9-0
December +33 16-13-1

2019
January -49 12-18-1
February +9 12-15-1
March -58 13-18
April +33 17-13
May -50 11-17-3
June -23 11-16-3
July +118 21-4-6
August +8 16-14-1
September +77 19-9-2
October +91 20-9-2
November -156 5-21-4
December +45 16-15-0
Total +43 173-169-23

2018
January -3 15-15-1
February +195 19-8-1
March -177 5-26-0
April -266 5-23-2
May +199 24-7-0
June -33 10-16-4
July +90 20-11-0
August +37 14-14-3
September +73 19-9-2
October -108 11-19-0
November -262 3-27-0
December +47 15-15-1
Total -202 160-191-14

2017
January +119 22-8-1
February +205 16-11-1
March -165 9-21-1
April +119 16-13-1
May -102 8-21-2
June +56 9-19-2
July -65 10-19-2
August -37 12-16-3
September +111 16-13-1
October +224 24-7-0
November -38 14-16-0
December -176 7-22-2
Total +139 163-186-16

2016
January +68 19-12-0
February +57 16-12-1
March +223 22-9-0
April -109 10-20-0
May +30 15-15-1
June -7 15-12-3
July +60 18-11-2
August +129 23-3-5
September +134 21-8-1
October +4 14-17-0
November +69 18-11-1
December -5 14-15-2
Total +653 205-145-16

2015
January -138 10-19-2
February -431 0-27-1
March -217 7-24-0
April -18 15-14-1
May +219 24-7-0
June -47 12-15-3
July -20 13-15-3
August +17 15-16-0
September +199 23-7-0
October -37 12-19-0
November +265 24-6-0
December +329 27-2-2
Total +64 182-171-12

2014
January +3 13-16-2
February -215 7-21-0
March -261 7-24-0
April +12 14-16-0
May +68 16-14-1
June +66 16-13-1
July +14 9-14-8
August -26 14-16-1
September +85 20-10-0
October +112 18-11-2
November -65 10-19-1
December +41 11-19-1
Total -200 155-193-17

Key dates in 2019, using norms:

Lowest: 31 from 1/10-1/25 (16 days: temperature rises 1/26)
30’s: 12/7-3/6 (90 days)
40’s: 3/7-3/30 (24 days)
50’s: 3/31-4/20 (21 days)
60’s: 4/21-5/17 (27 days)
70’s: 5/18-6/22 (36 days)
80’s: 6/23-8/22 (61 days)
Highest: 82 from 7/7 to 7/31 (25 days: temperature declines 8/1)
70’s: 8/23-9/22 (31 days)
60’s: 9/23-10/17 (25 days)
50’s: 10/18-11/13 (27 days)
40’s: 11/14-12/6 (23 days)

The same dates from Bud Hedinger’s Weather Guide, which was published in 1980, 40 years ago:

Lowest: 31 from 1/13-2/5 (temperature rises 2/6)
30’s: 12/3-3/12 (100 days) Difference -10 days
40’s: 3/13-4/1 (20 days) Difference +4 days
50’s: 4/2-4/21 (20 days) Difference +1 day
60’s: 4/22-5/21 (30 days) Difference -3 days
70’s: 5/22-6/21 (31 days) Difference +5 days
80’s: 6/22-8/21 (61 days) Difference none
Highest: 83 from 7/21 to 7/23 (3 days- it was 82 from 7/5-8/6, 33 days- temperature declines 7/24, goes to 81 8/7)
70’s: 8/22-9/27 (37 days) Difference -6 days
60’s: 9/28-10/23 (26 days) Difference -1 days
50’s: 10/24-11/13 (21 days) Difference +6 days
40’s: 11/14-12/6 (23 days) Difference none

Solstices and Equinoxes

An explanation:
Summer solstice
Equinoxes are when day and night are of equal length. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and the winter solstice the shortest day of the year.

Seasons of 2020:
SPRING EQUINOX March 19, 11:49 P.M. EDT
SUMMER SOLSTICE June 20, 5:34 A.M. EDT
FALL EQUINOX September 22, 9:30 P.M. EDT
WINTER SOLSTICE December 21, 5:02 P.M. EST

Seasons of 2021:
SPRING EQUINOX March 20, 5:37 P.M. EDT
SUMMER SOLSTICE June 20, 11:32 A.M. EDT
FALL EQUINOX September 22, 3:21 P.M. EDT
WINTER SOLSTICE December 21, 10:59 P.M. EST

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