ITHACA, NY – It seems that the tourism prank earlier this year initiated some sort of cosmic event, as Ithaca’s winter this year is looking a little more Key West than usual.

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It’s been clear for awhile that 2015 is almost certainly going to be Ithaca’s warmest December on record. Temperatures, while being higher than average, haven’t breaking any records – until today.

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December 24 is expected to reach a high of about 65 degrees Fahrenheit – smashing the previous record of 59 degrees set in 1957 by a full six degrees.

Christmas Day should be a little more within the normal range at around 53 degrees. The December 25 record was 66 degrees in 1938.

Every day in December of 2015 has been warmer than the average. If current predictions hold, the average temperature for December will have been just shy of 47 degrees – almost a full seven degrees higher than the average of 40.2 (per data dating back to 1893, thanks to Cornell’s Northeast Regional Climate Center).

Temperatures in Ithaca this December – blue lines are the recorded temps this year, the red line marks record highs, the brown strip is the normal range. (Yes, we know the graph doesn’t reflect Dec 24, Cornell hasn’t recorded it yet!)
Temperatures in Ithaca this December – blue lines are the recorded temps this year, the red line marks record highs, the brown strip is the normal range. (Yes, we know the graph doesn’t reflect Dec 24, Cornell hasn’t recorded it yet!)

If you’ve been holding out hope to see some white on the ground before the New Year, don’t count on it. It looks like the most we’ll see is some rain as the month closes out.

Average snowfall for Ithaca’s Decembers has been 14.3 inches, according to Intellicast. 2015, so far, is at least has one number in the right place: we’ve seen just 0.3 inches of snow so far this month.

(photo credit: Guilhem Vellut on Flickr)

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at msmith@ithacavoice.com, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.