Happy 2019! December was above normal for temperature with a monthly mean that was 2.1 deg. F above normal. The high for the month was 57.4 deg. F recorded on December 21. The low for the month was 13.2 deg F, recorded on December 10. There were 965 heating degree days.
December was an above normal month for precipitation with 4.97 inches of rainfall recorded. This was 1.84 inches above normal and has contributed to a 17.37 inch surplus for 2018. The maximum rainfall in a single day was 0.87 inches recorded on December 31. The annual precipitation surpassed 58 inches, a record that is hoped to stand for a long time. There were 11 days of rain >.01 in, 9 >.10 in and 0 >1 in.
December 2018 Data
The outlook for January 2019:
The recent rainfall has brought the 2018 annual rainfall for Stormstown past the 55 inch mark.
Stormstown is lagging behind the official NWS precipitation data for rainfall by a few days, but 55.52 inches is a record for The State College area.
Today, the annual rainfall in Stormstown exceeded 53 inches.
Meteorological winter has begun. November was below normal for temperature with a monthly mean that was -5.1 deg. F below normal. The high for the month was 67.8 deg. F recorded on November 1. The low for the month was 15.4 deg F, recorded on November 23. There were 850 heating degree days.
November was an above normal month for precipitation with 4.77 inches of rainfall recorded. This was 1.53 inches above normal and has contributed to a 15.53 inch surplus for 2018. The maximum rainfall in a single day was 1.04 inches recorded on November 9. The annual precipitation surpassed 52 inches. There were 14 days of rain >.01 in, 9 >.1 in and 1 >1 in.
The first significant snowfall of the season, at 10.5 inches, was recorded on November 15.
November 2018 Data
The outlook for Winter (Dec. 2018, Jan. 2019 and Feb. 2019).
The total annual rainfall for Stormstown has passed the 50-inch mark today.
This is already roughly 15 inches more rainfall than each of the previous two years.
I recently bought a new telescope. It is a 10 inch Dobsonian with a Go-To drive. The base required some assembly, which I completed in an hour. Now it is composed of two main parts, the base and optical tube. It sits on a cart so that it can be easily moved from indoors and then back inside. The finder-scope has been installed and aligned. I hope to complete its initialization soon and start observing operations. However, cloudy, rainy weather has curtailed any observations.
Meteorological Winter is officially over. Here is a brief summary of Dec 1-Feb 28 in Stormstown, PA:
Number of days Max T <=32 F: 29
Number of Days Min T <= 32 F: 71
Number of Days Min T <= 0 F: 3
Max T: 75.2 – February 12, 2018
Min T: -5.0 – January 11, 2018
Dec Dep from Normal: -3.3
Jan Dep from Normal: -1.9
Feb Dep from Normal: 6.1
Heating Degree Days: 3170
Cooling Degree Days: 2
Dec Precip: 0.92″, 2.21″ below normal
Jan Precip: 2.15″, 0.96″ below normal
Feb Precip: 5.60″, 3.33″ above normal
The temperature in Stormstown dropped 55 F from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. It was definitely shirtsleeve weather on Friday and now it’s a frigid 20 F. The low this morning was 5 F. Cold temperatures are expected for much of the week. High temperatures are expected to be above freezing on Thursday and Friday.
The two-week-old brutal cold wave ended today. The high temperature today was 38 F. There lows during the last two weeks reached below zero temperatures 3 times, and stayed below freezing for the entire period. State College, PA, set a record for the coldest beginning of January.
Temperatures should reach the mid-40s F on Thursday and there will be another cold period next week.
As shown in the above graph, temperatures in Stormstown, PA, have not exceeded freezing since December 24, 2017. However, forecasts show a warming trend beginning next Tuesday (Graph begins at 12 AM EST on December 6, 2017). 2018 has had a frigid start with two days with minimum readings below 0 F.