MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

January 3, 2014

December brings end to state’s 2013 ‘boisterous’ weather


— NORMAN (AP)  —  A snowy, icy and cold December brought an end to what the Oklahoma Climatological Survey calls a “boisterous” 2013.

“A frigid and sometimes icy December seemed a fitting way to close out the boisterous weather of 2013,” associate Climatologist Gary McManus said.

Preliminary data from the Oklahoma Mesonet ranks the month as the 17th coldest December in records dating to 1895 with a statewide average temperature of 35.2 degrees, nearly 4 degrees below normal, according to McManus.

The average temperature for the year was 58.9 degrees, more than 4 degrees cooler than the 63.1 degree average of 2012.

The highest temperature recorded during 2013 was 111 degrees at Freedom on June 27 while the lowest was -10 at Kenton on Jan 2.

Oklahoma’s preliminary tornado count for 2013 stands at 79, with 56 occurring between May 19 and May 31, according to the National Weather Service.