December 2016 was a mostly benign month for weather in Berks. The station average temperature of 34.8 °F was 1.4 °F below normal. The maximum temperature of 59 °F occurred on the 27th and the low of 11 °F on the 16th. There were 5 ice days (temperature doesn’t get above freezing) with 4 being normal.
The coldest December on record at the station was 30.3 °F in 2010 and the warmest was 46.7 °F from last year. The station all-time low for December is 4 °F from 2005 and the all-time high is 71 °F from 2006.
There were 4 days during the month with measurable snowfall however the grand total was a mere 1.8″, which is 3.0″ below the normal of 4.8″. Other stations reporting snow: Mohnton: 1.4″, Lincoln Park: 1.4″, Kutztown: 1.4″, Fleetwood: 0.3″, Oley: 0.5″, Bernville: 2.4″, Hamburg: 3.2″, and Alburtis: 0.9″.
The monthly rainfall was 3.44″ which is a 0.72″ below the station normal of 4.16″. Rainfall totals in other areas of the county were the following: Mohnton: 4.35″, Lincoln Park: 4.36″, Reading Airport: 2.13″, Kutztown: 2.19″, Fleetwood: 4.27″, Oley: 4.03″, Bernville: 3.97″, Hamburg: 3.73″, and Alburtis: 4.31″.
The predominant wind direction was West and the average wind speed for the month was 4.4 mph, which is normal (4.3 mph). The peak wind gust of 35 mph occurred on the 15th. The month totaled 73 sunshine hours which is well below our average of 84 hours. A typical maximum daily solar reading was 416 w/m² and the maximum daily UV index averaged 1.6.
County Records at the Reading Airport: None
Station All-Time Records Set: None
Note: Station normal and averages include the current year’s values and date back to 2004.
Note: Station rain totals other than the Reading Airport are from CoCoRaHS and are typically recorded at 9 AM so the totals may not align with ours if precipitation events occur at the end of the month or the beginning of the next month.