Here comes December… & the clouds!

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — We are heading into December, and the start of Meteorological Winter (yes Winter Solstice is December 21st).  Most of us think of Winter and we think of cold, but also when you live in Ohio you think of clouds.

On a plus note, the days will be getting longer in about 3 weeks (the amount of daylight increases).

 

Is it really cloudier in the Winter?

Looking at data from the past 5 years here is how the meteorological seasons break down on percentage of cloudy days:

  • 50%  Winter (December, January, February)
  • 31%  Spring (March, April, May)
  • 19%  Summer (June, July, August)
  • 27%  Fall (September, October, November)

 

So is it the colder temps that make it seem gray in December, or is it really just cloudier?

Incredibly enough, since 2012, we have had only 1 non-December month that had December-like cloudy day numbers.  So yes, it is cloudier in December….

 

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Here is a breakdown of the number of “cloudy day” as recorded in the Climate records at the National Weather Service for Columbus, Ohio:

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
JAN 12 14 13 16 17 46%
FEB 10 9 9 14 11 37%
MAR 15 14 10 19 10 44%
APR 9 12 7 6 8 28%
MAY 13 2 9 5 6 23%
JUN 3 15 9 8 3 25%
JUL 4 13 4 9 3 21%
AUG 5 2 3 3 3 10%
SEP 5 7 4 3 6 17%
OCT 6 10 13 7 11 30%
NOV 7 11 15 12 6 34%
DEC 20 21 18 22 65%
27% 35% 32% 33% 29%

 

 

If you have any questions about clouds, climate, or any other weather questions, send them to me: dmazza@wcmh.com

-Dave

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