PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN ANGELO TX
422 PM CST FRI JAN 1 1999

...SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN OVER PORTIONS OF THE REGION AND WIDE 
VARIATIONS IN TEMPERATURES HIGHLIGHT THE DECEMBER WEATHER FOR WEST 
CENTRAL TEXAS...

AFTER A WARM START TO THE MONTH...TEMPERATURES FLUCTUATED WIDELY 
BETWEEN WARM AND COLD SPELLS WITH MOST DAYS ON THE MILD SIDE...BUT A 
BLAST OF ARCTIC AIR LASTING THREE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS EVE RESULTED 
IN OVERALL TEMPERATURES FOR DECEMBER AVERAGING NEAR NORMAL. 

AT SAN ANGELO REGIONAL AIRPORT/MATHIS FIELD...THE MONTHLY MEAN 
TEMPERATURE FOR DECEMBER WAS 46.5 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 0.5 DEGREES 
ABOVE THE AVERAGE MEAN DECEMBER TEMPERATURE OF 46.0 DEGREES. AT 
ABILENE REGIONAL AIRPORT...THE MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR DECEMBER 
WAS 45.0 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 0.5 DEGREES BELOW THE AVERAGE MEAN 
DECEMBER TEMPERATURE OF 45.5 DEGREES. NO DAILY RECORD HIGHS OR LOWS 
WERE SET OR TIED IN ABILENE OR SAN ANGELO THROUGHOUT THE MONTH...
ALTHOUGH SAN ANGELO SET AN UNOFFICIAL RECORD FOR THE LATEST FIRST 
FREEZE INTO THE FALL SEASON WHICH OCCURRED ON DECEMBER 8.

RAINFALL FOR DECEMBER WAS GENERALLY SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL OVER MOST OF 
WEST CENTRAL TEXAS...EXCEPT SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL FOR NORTHERN AND 
EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE REGION. ABILENE RECEIVED 1.37 INCHES OF 
RAINFALL...COMPARED TO THE NORMAL DECEMBER RAINFALL OF 1.03 INCHES. 
THIS ENDS THE EIGHT MONTH STREAK OF BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL TOTALS AT 
ABILENE REGIONAL AIRPORT. SAN ANGELO RECEIVED 0.49 INCH OF 
RAINFALL...COMPARED TO THE NORMAL DECEMBER RAINFALL OF 0.79 INCH. 

NOT ALL OF THE PRECIPITATION IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER FELL IN THE 
FORM OF RAIN. ON DECEMBER 11TH...AN UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM PRODUCED
SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL OVER THE NORTHWEST CONCHO VALLEY AND WESTERN BIG
COUNTRY...WITH ACCUMULATIONS RANGING FROM 4 TO 7 INCHES OVER MOST OF 
STERLING...MITCHELL...NOLAN...AND FISHER COUNTIES. ALTHOUGH NORTHWEST 
PORTIONS OF TAYLOR AND TOM GREEN COUNTIES RECEIVED 1 TO 4 INCHES OF 
SNOW...THE CITIES OF ABILENE AND SAN ANGELO ONLY RECEIVED A TRACE OF 
SNOW FROM THIS STORM. ON THE MORNING OF DECEMBER 23...AREAS OF LIGHT 
FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET PRODUCED SLIPPERY ROADS OVER PORTIONS OF THE 
BIG COUNTRY AND HEARTLAND...WHILE DURING THE EVENING OF THE 23RD AND 
INTO THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF THE 24TH THE SOUTHEAST HALF OF THE 
REGION RECEIVED MORE FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET. ROADS ACROSS AREAS SOUTH 
OF AN OZONA TO ELDORADO TO BROWNWOOD LINE WERE ICE COVERED THROUGH THE 
24TH...BUT NO DAMAGE TO TREES OR POWER LINES WERE REPORTED FROM THE 
1/10 TO 1/3 INCH LAYER OF ICE THAT ACCUMULATED.

ONLY A FEW NOTABLE RAIN EVENTS OCCURRED IN THE TYPICALLY DRY MONTH
OF DECEMBER. RAINFALL UP TO 3/4 INCH OCCURRED OVER PORTIONS OF THE 
SOUTHEAST BIG COUNTRY...NORTHERN HEARTLAND...AND RUNNELS COUNTY ON 
THE 3RD...AND BETWEEN 1/2 AND 1 INCH OF RAIN FELL OVER PORTIONS OF 
THE EASTERN BIG COUNTRY AND HEARTLAND DURING THE 10TH AND 11TH. NO
SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS WERE REPORTED ACROSS WEST CENTRAL TEXAS IN 
DECEMBER. 

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