The year 2016 will go down as a dry one in Mount Airy with less precipitation than normal occurring — though not by much.
In all, the city received 44.62 inches of precipitation last year, according to a breakdown from F.G. Doggett Water Plant, Mount Airy’s official weather-monitoring station.
That total is 0.88 inches, or 1.9 percent below normal for Mount Airy, which has an annual precipitation average of 45.50 inches.
December contributed to that result by being drier than usual, which was the case for seven of 12 months last year.
Last month’s output was 2.25 inches, compared to the 3.46-inch total that is the norm for December.
Measurable precipitation occurred on 13 of its 31 days, with the highest amount (0.61 inches) logged on Dec. 7.
A trace amount of snow was noted on Dec. 30, with no accumulation involved.
December was a mixed bag in terms of temperatures, which landed at both ends of the scale.
In fact, the high reading for the month, 70 degrees on Dec. 1, tied the record for that date which was set in 1998.
The lowest temperature for December, 14 degrees, was noted on Dec. 11.
All that led to the mercury averaging 38.9 degrees last month, almost matching the usual monthly average for December locally of 38.8 degrees.
Frost was noted on six days last month and fog on five.
Weather records have been kept in Mount Airy since 1924.