December 21, 2010 is the first day of winter. It's seemed pretty much like winter in this part of Illinois for quite some time. Probably because we've had so much snow - another 4 inches today.
The first day of winter is "winter solstice" and isn't the same as the Meteorological Winter which is the three coldest months of the year (Dec-Jan-Feb) and starts on December 1st every year.
Even our praying mantis sculpture is covered in frost this week and right now it is snowing heavily. I've no doubt we will have our white Christmas in this part of the world. Whether family and friends can get to their destinations is another matter.
From December 1 to December 31 the average temperature drops at least ten degrees.
Average high for December 1st is 40 degrees
Average low is 24 degrees
Average high on December 30 is 30 degrees
Average low is 14 degrees
Monthly average snow for December is 8.4 inches
in 2000 we had 32.9 inches
1889 we had none
Keep those bird feeders filled, the pets protected, and drive safely.
We want a Merry Christmas for everyone.