BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) – December 1889 was an unusually warm month for the Brazos Valley. In fact, it is the hottest December ever that Bryan-College station has records to tell us about. The average temperature 132 years ago this month: 66.6 °.
2021 is the first serious contender to take that top spot in 139 years of written history. The second hottest December on record occurred in 1984, when the average temperature stood at 60.7 °, far from number one.
WHAT POINT IS DECEMBER 2021 HOTTEST?
On Sunday the 26th, the average (preliminary) temperature at Easterwood Airport was 65.2 °. In order to be at least tied for the hottest, the last five days of the month would need to increase the average temperature by 1.4 °.
WILL THIS HAPPEN?
It will be very close. If Sunday afternoon’s forecasts hold true, the record would be missed by 0.3 °. A weak cold front that is expected to dip briefly in the region on Thursday morning could be enough to cement 1889 in the top spot for at least a year. Either way, 2021 will certainly take the number two position, at the very least.
DAILY RECORDS CLOCK, SHAKE AND POTENTIALLY DROP THIS WEEK
Record heat will bring this hot December to a close and put the finishing touches on 2021. Sunday afternoon attached a 132-year-old record temperature of 82 °, making it the hottest December 26 since 1889.
The morning lows of the mid-1960s are expected to be a degree or two of the lowest daily temperatures on record. Afternoon temperatures in the low 80s through Wednesday will reach, equal or could break daily records for Bryan-College station.
A STRONG FALL TO BEGIN 2022
The first day of the new year seems to pick up where it left off. The current high forecast for January 1 is 83 °, easily surpassing the record of 81 ° set 15 years ago in 2006.
By January 2, a cold and steep front is expected to reach central and southeastern Texas, dropping thermometers from 30 ° to 40 ° and potentially bringing the first frost of the season to much of the region. . Although this frost is immensely behind schedule, the last recorded frost occurred on January 15, 1966 during the 1965-1966 winter season.
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