Preliminary data indicates that the statewide average temperature in December was 40.2°F, which is 2.1°F above the 1981-2010 mean value of 38.1°F (Figure 1). This places December 2019 as the 23rd warmest since records began in 1895.
Delaware’s statewide precipitation for December 2019 averaged 4.26 inches, 0.69 inches above the 1981-2010 mean (Figure 2). This placed the December 2019 precipitation amount in the top one-third of months since 1895.
Statewide Spatial Anomalies
Data from the Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS) show that temperature departures were uniformly above normal throughout the State (Figure 3), with most anomalies ranging from 1° to 2° F. Precipitation was above normal at all stations across the State (Figure 4), except for the extreme southeast. The largest positive precipitation departures were found across northern New Castle County.
Temperatures were above normal throughout the majority of the U.S, with some departures reaching 7° to 10° F in the Midwest (Figure 5). Precipitation varied greatly across the U.S. with very wet conditions across the northcentral States and much of the eastern one-third of the country (Figure 6). The 500 hPa height pattern for December showed a ridge dominating the northeastern two-thirds of the U.S. (Figure 7), bringing generally warm and moist conditions to our region.
- December 2020 – Continued Warm and Wet Across Delaware (2021)
- December 2018: Above Normal Temperatures and Precipitation Across Delaware (2019)
- December Climate Conditions – Cool and Dry Conditions Observed Across Delaware (2018)
- Very Warm and Dry Conditions Characterize the 2016-2017 Winter Season Across Delaware (2017)