December In Texas Hottest On Record In More Than 130 Years


The state climatologist says last month was the warmest December since 1889.

Last month Texas experienced its warmest December on record since 1889, said John Nielsen-Gammon, a regents professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University who also serves as the state climatologist.

From Dallas through Abilene to Del Rio, temperatures averaged 5 to 9 degrees above normal, making it the warmest December in more than 130 years.

“It’s like the entire state moved south for the winter,” said Nielsen-Gammon. “Amarillo got Dallas’s normal temperatures, Dallas got Corpus Christi’s normal temperatures, and Austin got Brownsville’s normal temperatures.

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