By ROBERT S. MERRILL
This past December set a record for the second driest on record in Preston with only .12 of an inch of moisture. That compares with December, 2010, being one of the wettest with 3.19 inches.
King Smith, who keeps official records for the National Weather Service, said the area set a high temperature record on Dec. 30 at 52 degrees. The previous record was in 1986 with 46 degrees, according to Smith.
“And on Dec. 29, we tied a record in Preston with a high of 52 degrees,” he said.
“Speaking on precipitation, December was one of the driest on record. Back in 1986, after four years of record-breaking rain and snow, we received .10 of an inch of precipitation. So, it has been drier before but not by much,” said Smith. “Normal for the month of December is 1.55 inches.”
So far this water year, which started Oct. 1, there has been three inches of moisture in Preston, according to Smith.
“Normally by this time we should have 4.64 inches. So we stand at 64 percent of normal. It has been drier, but not by much.”
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