December Weather and Records

Posted at 8:05 PM, Nov 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-29 20:05:26-05

WEST MICHIGAN — (FOX 17) — Sunday is the first day of December. Here is a look at the normal weather, some of the records that exist, and the change in the length of daylight.

TEMPERATURES: Normal highs this month fall from 40 degrees on the 1st to 32 on the 31st. Normal lows drop from 32 to 20. The record high for December is 69, set on the 5th in 2001. The record low is 18 below, set on the 19th in 1983.

PRECIPITATION: There is normally 2.50 inches liquid equivalent precipitation in December. There has been as much as 6.95 inches in 1893, and as little as 0.31 of an inch in 1913.

SNOWFALL:  December is typically the snowiest month of the year, with an average of 21.9 inches. The snowiest December on record was in 2000, when Grand Rapids received 59.2 inches during the month.

LENGTH OF DAYLIGHT: The length of daylight continues to decrease until the 21st, and then it starts to increase slowly. Here are the sunrise/sunset times, as well as the length of daylight on a few dates:

  • December 1:  Sunrise 7:54;  Sunset 5:09;  Length of daylight 9 hours and 15 minutes
  • December 21:  Sunrise 8:11;  Sunset 5:11;  Length of daylight 9 hours (least amount of daylight of the year)
  • December 31:  Sunrise 8:14;  Sunset 5:18;  Length of daylight 9 hours and 4 minutes

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