long range weather Predictions for December 2016

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December 7, 2016
Long-Range Weather December 2016

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Here are December 2016 long range weather forecasts for the U.S. and Canada, courtesy of The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac. Find out whether your Christmas forecast looks stormy or calm!

Keep in mind that the forecasts presented below are based on “long range” predictions, which means that they were created many months ago to help gardeners, travelers, and weather watchers plan ahead. See how The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts the weather.

So, we would advise treating long range predictions as you might trends, giving you a general sense of typical weather and how much the season might deviate from normal. Weather patterns can shift by a week and unexpected dynamics can occur. Ever year is different! That said, The Old Farmer’s Almanac is traditionally 80% accurate, having predicted weather since George Washington’s days as president.

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December long range Weather Forecast for the United States


Region 1: Northeast

Temp. 28° (3° below avg. north, 3° above south); precip. 3” (avg.). 1–5 Showers, quite mild. 6–9 Snow showers, then sunny, mild. 10–16 Snow showers, cold. 17–22 Rain and snow showers; cold north, mild south. 23–28 Snow, then sunny, mild. 29–31 Flurries, very cold.


Region 2: Atlantic Corridor

Temp. 45° (6° above avg.); precip. 1.5” (1.5” below avg.). 1–6 Sunny, warm. 7–10 Showers, mild. 11–14 Rain and snow, then sunny, mild. 15–21 Showers north, sunny south; turning warm. 22–29 Periods of rain and snow north, showers south. 30–31 Sunny, cold.


Region 3: Appalachians

Temp. 42° (6° above avg.); precip. 2” (1” below avg.). 1–4 Sunny, mild. 5–10 Showers, mild. 11–15 Snow showers, then sunny, mild. 16–24 Showers north, sunny south; quite mild. 25–31 Snow showers north, rain showers south.


Region 4: Southeast

Temp. 55° (8° above avg.); precip. 2” (1.5” below avg.). 1–3 Sunny, warm. 4–10 A few showers, mild. 11–16 Showers, then sunny, cold. 17–22 Sunny, warm. 23–29 Showers, mild. 30–31 Sunny, cold.


Region 5: Florida

Temp. 70° (7° above avg.); precip. 1.5” (1” below avg.). 1–9 Sunny, warm. 10–17 Scattered t-storms, warm. 18–23 Sunny, warm. 24–29 Scattered t-storms, warm. 30–31 Sunny, cool.


Region 6: Lower Lakes

Temp. 37° (5° above avg.); precip. 5” (0.5” above avg. east, 3” above west). 1–6 Rain, then sunny, mild. 7–9 Snow to rain. 10–12 Snow showers, cold. 13–19 A few rain and snow showers east, sunny west; mild. 20–22 Rain and snow showers. 23–24 Snow east, rain west. 25–31 Rain to snow, then snow showers, cold.


Region 7: Ohio Valley

Temp. 45° (8° above avg.); precip. 2.5” (0.5” below avg.). 1–9 Showers, quite mild. 10–12 Snow showers, cold. 13–17 Sunny, mild. 18–23 Rainy periods, mild. 24–31 Rain and snow showers, colder.


Region 8: Deep South

Temp. 56° (8° above avg.); precip. 5” (avg.). 1–9 A few showers, warm. 10–12 Rainy, cool. 13–19 Sunny, warm. 20–26 Showers, mild. 27–31 Snow north, rain south, then, sunny, cold.


Region 9: Upper Midwest

Temp. 16° (1° above avg. east, 1° below west); precip. 1” (avg.). 1–6 Snow showers, cold. 7–9 Snowstorm east, snow showers west; mild. 10–18 Snow showers; cold, then mild. 19–25 Snowstorm, then flurries, mild. 26–31 Flurries; cold east, mild west.


Region 10: Heartland

Temp. 37° (5° above avg.); precip. 3” (avg. north, 3” above south). 1–8 Rainy periods, mild. 9–10 Sunny, cold. 11–19 Sunny, mild. 20–25 Occasional snow north, rain south; mild. 26–29 Snow showers, cold. 30–31 Sunny, mild.


Region 11: Texas–Oklahoma

Temp. 59° (6° above avg.); precip. 1.5” (1” below avg.). 1–6 Rainy periods; cold north, warm south. 7–20 Rain, then sunny, turning warm. 21–26 Rainy periods, mild. 27–31 Snow north, rain south, then sunny, cold.


Region 12: High Plains

Temp. 27° (5° below avg. north, 3° below south); precip. 0.3” (0.2” below avg.). 1–7 Flurries, cold. 8–15 Snow, then sunny, milder. 16–17 Snow north, sunny south. 18–23 Sunny, turning mild. 24–28 Snowstorm, then sunny, frigid. 29–31 Sunny, mild.


Region 13: Intermountain

Temp. 30.5° (1° below avg. north, 4° below south); precip. 2” (0.5” above avg.). 1–4 Snowstorm north, flurries south; cold. 5–9 Snow, then flurries, cold. 10–13 Sunny, cold. 14–17 Snow, then sunny, mild. 18–20 Sunny north, snowstorm central, rainy south. 21–28 Snow showers, cold. 29–31 Sunny; mild north, cold south.


Region 14: Desert Southwest

 Temp. 45° (3° below avg.); precip. 0.5” (avg.). 1–5 Sunny, cold. 6–12 Rain and snow, then sunny, cold. 13–19 Sunny east, a few showers west; turning mild. 20–31 Rain and snow showers east, sunny west; cold.


Region 15: Pacific Northwest

Temp. 42° (1° below avg.); precip. 6.5” (avg.). 1–4 Rain and wet snow, cold. 5–7 Rainy, cool. 8–13 Rainy periods, cool. 14–18 Rain, some heavy; cool. 19–20 Sunny, cold. 21–22 Snow to rain. 23–31 Periods of rain and mist, turning milder.


Region 16: Pacific Southwest

Temp. 51° (3° below avg.); precip. 2.5” (0.5” below avg. north, 2” above south). 1–6 Rainy periods, cool. 7–13 Sunny, cool. 14–16 Rainy periods, cool. 17–21 Rain, some heavy; warm, then cool. 22–31 Sunny, cold.


Region 17: Alaska

Temp. –2° N, 30° S (5° above avg. north, 1° below south); precip. 0.2” N, 5” S (avg.). 1–8 Snow showers, cold. 9–22 Snowy periods, mild. 23–31 Flurries, turning cold N; snow showers, mild EW.

Key: Panhandle (P), Aleutians (A), north (N), central (C), south (S), west-central (WC), east-central (EC), south-central (SC), elsewhere (EW)


Region 18: Hawaii

Temp. 74° (1° below avg.); precip. 8.3” (15” above avg. E, avg. C+W). 1–8 Rain and t-storms E, daily showers C+W; seasonable. 9–13 Rainy periods with heavy t-storms, cool. 14–31 Rain and t-storms, cool.

KEY: east (E), central (C), west (W)


December long range Weather Forecast: Canada


Region 1: Atlantic Canada

Temp. –3°C (avg.); precip. 130mm (avg.). 1–6 Snow showers, cold north; rainy periods, mild south. 7–13 Snowy north, showers south. 14–17 Flurries, cold. 18–21 Snowstorm. 22–26 Snowy periods, very cold. 27–31 Rain to heavy snow, then flurries, very cold.


Region 2: Southern Quebec

Temp. –4°C (3°C above avg.); precip. 90mm (10mm above avg.). 1–5 Snowy periods, some heavy; mild. 6–8 Sunny, turning cold. 9–17 Snowstorm, then snow showers, cold. 18–24 Snow, then flurries, cold. 25–28 Snowy periods, turning mild. 29–31 Flurries, cold.


Région 2: Québec du Sud

Temp. –4°C (3°C au-dessus de la moy.); précip. 90mm (10mm au-dessus de la moy.). 1–5 Périodes de neige, certaines fortes; doux. 6–8 Ensoleillé, devenant froid. 9–17 Tempête de neige, puis chutes de neige, froid. 18–24 Neige, puis rafales, froid. 25–28 Périodes de neige, avec radoucissement. 29–31 Rafales, froid.


Region 3: Southern Ontario

Temp. –1.5°C (2.5°C above avg.); precip. 65mm (25mm above avg.). 1–4 Rainy east and central, rain and snow west; quite mild. 5–8 Showers east, snow showers west; mild. 9–10 Rain east, rain to snow west. 11–14 Snowy periods, cold. 15–19 Rain and snow showers, mild. 20–23 Rain east, snow central, flurries west. 24–25 Snowstorm east, flurries west. 26–31 Snow showers, turning cold.


Region 4: The Prairies

Temp. –13°C (2°C below avg. east, 6°C below west); precip. 20mm (10mm below avg. east, 10mm above west). 1–10 Flurries, cold east; snow, then snow showers, very cold west. 11–14 Flurries, cold. 15–19 Snowy periods, very cold. 20–25 Flurries, turning mild. 26–31 Snow showers, cold, then mild.


Region 5:
Southern British Columbia

Temp. –4°C (5°C below avg.); precip. 180mm (20mm above avg.). 1–5 Snowstorm, then snow showers, cold. 6–8 Snowstorm, cold. 9–11 Snow to rain coast, snow showers inland. 12–15 Snow showers, cold. 16–22 Snowstorm, then flurries, turning very cold. 23–27 Rainy periods coast, snow showers inland. 28–31 Snow, then showers coast; snow showers inland; turning mild.


Region 6: Yukon

Temp. –26°C (3°C below avg.); precip. 23mm (2mm below avg.). 1–3 Snow showers, mild. 4–10 Snow showers, very cold. 11–14 Flurries, mild. 15–19 Flurries, very cold. 20–26 Snow showers, turning very mild. 27–31 Flurries, cold north; snowy periods, mild south.

Region 7:
northwest territories

Temp. –28°C (2°C below avg.); precip. 9mm (3mm below avg.). 1–7 Flurries, frigid. 8–11 Snow showers, cold. 12–19 Clear, bitter cold. 20–27 Flurries, turning mild. 28–31 Clear, cold.


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