The USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station in Grand Rapids has released weather statistics for December 2013.

The average high for the month was 10.7 degrees and the average low was -8.7 with an overall average temperature of 1.0 degrees.

The warmest December on record was in 2006 with an average temperature of 23.5 degrees. The coldest was in 1983 with an average temperature of -1.5 degrees. The warmest year on record was in 1983 with an average daily temperature of 44.7 and the coldest year was in 1917 with an average daily temperature of 34.6.

We received 30.5 inches of snow last month.

We are 2.5 degrees below the 30 year daily average temperature and 2.02 inches below the 30 year average precipitation for the period January thru December.