Grundy’s December Weather Report
Grundy County Herald readers Bobby Lloyd and Perkie Greene of Starke, Florida know how cold-natured Palmer Town Historian David Patton is and just had to rub it in with this warm weather Christmas card. “I hope you had a Merry Christmas,” said Patton. “I sure did and want to thank everyone for the cards and gifts.” Big Creek Utility District’s dam in Coalmont is located in the middle of the county and we want to thank our friends out there for making this weather report possible. Since being an official reporting site for the National Weather Service we know that we can rely on their readings. For December 2013 they recorded 8.15 inches of rainfall with the big rain event being on December 26 with 2.63 inches. The high temperature of the month was 70 degrees on December 5 and the low temperature of the month was on December 10, 11, and 12 when it fell to 15 degrees on those mornings. Christmas Eve had a high temperature of only 33 degrees and low of 16 and Christmas day saw a high of 43 degrees and low of 20 degrees. The last day of the year, December 31, which is New Year’s Eve, had a high of 41 degrees and low of 18 and like Christmas Eve and Christmas was sunny and dry. We all know 2013 was a rainy year and Big Creek measured 73.22 inches with only 2.6 inches of snow for the year. The wettest month was April with 11.51 inches and beautiful October was the driest with just 1.49 inches. Here in “rainy Palmer” the first day of winter on December 21 came in cloudy and rainy and we measured 8.4 inches for the month. December is usually a wet month and in December 1990 we recorded an incredible 18.2 inches of rainfall. This weather report may be viewed soon on the Grundy County Historical website at www.gchs.homestead.com.