“The most perverse weather this side of Baffin Bay,” I once said, and the year just completed gave me no reason to change my mind:
— Oklahoma Mesonet (@okmesonet) December 31, 2015
I don’t actually think in millibars, so I did the conversion to mercury: 31.05 inches. Now that’s some serious pressure.
And about that dew point in Webbers Falls:
Those accustomed to continental climates often begin to feel uncomfortable when the dew point reaches between 15 and 20 °C (59 and 68 °F). Most inhabitants of these areas will consider dew points above 21 °C (70 °F) oppressive.
So I imagine 83 °F was probably excruciating. (I can’t remember personally experiencing anything much over 79.)
If there’s any comfort to be found on this map, it’s that none of those extremes came within fifty miles of me. Then again, through Christmas Day, we were on pace in Oklahoma City for the second-warmest December on record, behind only the fluky 48.7 degrees of 1965. (For warmenists: nine of the top ten are before 1965.) Then the snow and the rain and several days of cloud cover, and the best we could do was a tie for fifth at 45.3. I did manage to be present for three of the coldest Decembers, including the heinous 1983, a feeble 25.3 degrees for the month. (The coldest days around here, statistically, are in early January, at an average of 38.7 or thereabouts, though the coldest day EVAH was 12 February 1899, at a Dakota-esque 17 below.)