December was the second hottest recorded in Middle Tennessee since records have been kept, with five days setting or tying all-time highs.
“The temperature averaged 53 degrees for the month of December, making it the second warmest December on record, surpassed only by December of 1889 when the temperature averaged 56.5 degrees,” said Bobby Boyd, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Nashville bureau.
In approaching the 126-year record in December, Middle Tennessee averaged a 62.2-degree high and a 43.6-degree low.
“The warmest temperature of the month was 76 degrees on both Dec. 13 and Dec. 27,” Boyd said. “The coldest was 28 degrees on both Dec. 18 and Dec. 20.”
Boyd said due to the warm conditions, a white Christmas was never in the cards.
“No snow fell in December for the first time since 2001,” Boyd said.
As for the individual records, Boyd said there were five either set or broken during December, especially around Christmas. The high Dec. 22 was 70, breaking the old mark by 3 degrees. The day after Christmas saw the mercury climb to 75 degrees, breaking the old record for that day set in 1875 by 2 degrees. The following day the high temperature was 76, beating the old mark by 1 degree.
Dec. 13 also set a mark with a high of 76, eclipsing the old record set in 1927 by 1 degree. Dec. 12 tied the high record of 70, which has stood since 1873.