By - Drew Switzer
What a difference a year can make. This time last year, I wrote a blog talking about how December 2009 was the snowiest December on record in Topeka with 19.2 Inches of snowfall. Compare that to December 2010 when only 0.1" of snow was officially recorded. There have been 12 times in the past where absolutly no snow was recorded during the month of December (most recently in 2004 and 2001 as well as 1979, 1976, 1938, 1933, 1922, 1912, 1908, 1906, 1896, and 1889) so that would make December 2010 the 13th least snowiest December on record. So in consecutive years we had the one snowiest and the 13th least snowiest Decembers of all time.
Just to refresh your memory, we had measurable snowfall on 9 days in December of 2009. Including over 10 inches during the Christmas Blizzard and a 6+ inch snow earlier in the month.
This past December, there was only one day, the last day of the Month, where we had a measurable snow that totaled a mere one tenth of one inch. Now, there are many different types of winter weather and dispite the dry weather pattern that held through much of the month, there were a couple days with slick roads because of some ice. Most noteably, December 15th, when light freezing drizzle fell right during rush hour and into the evening when many people were on the roads. This caused numerous slidoffs and accidents around the area. There was also some icing on New Years Eve but it was very early in the morning when many were not on the raods so the travel impact was fairly minimal. December 2010 will also be remembered for some drastic temperature swings - most noteably going from a high of 71 on Dec. 30th to a high of only 30 on Dec. 31st.
This official data was taken from Topeka's Billiard Airport. There were some spots around NE Kansas, mainly North of Topeka, that did see some decent snows. With a few inches of snow falling on the 18th across portions of Marshall, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Atchison, Nemaha, Brown, and Doniphan counties.
So which December would you like to see next? A December like we had in 2009 with nearly 20 inches of snow, a December like we had in 2010 with next to no snow, or an average december with about 6 or 7 inches of snow throughout the month? As for me, I would love to see the huge snows of 2009 return. What can I say, I'm admitadly so a snow lover. I love the stuff!