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December Warmest on Record, So Far

By John Fleck
Journal Staff Writer
          Albuquerque's warm December set another temperature record Wednesday, but change is on the way.
        This December appears headed for the record books as one of the warmest in Albuquerque history, but remnants of California's "Pineapple Express" deluge are likely to bring cooler, wetter weather to New Mexico today and Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
        "It looks like we'll have our white Christmas well beforehand," Weather Service forecaster Tim Shy said Wednesday.
        The state's northern and western mountains should see the most snow, with 6 to 12 inches in the Chama area, but warm weather means Santa Fe and Albuquerque are likely to see only rain before the storm pulls out of the state Friday.
        Wednesday morning's low of 41 was the warmest recorded for Dec. 22 since record-keeping began at its current location in 1931, according to the National Weather Service. It was the fourth consecutive morning that saw record warmth.
        Albuquerque's December temperatures have been averaging 7 degrees above average according to the National Weather Service. That makes this month by far the warmest December on record since record-keeping began in 1893, although that could change as temperatures drop between now and Jan. 1.
        Today's Albuquerque high should reach into the 40s, but things should get back into the unseasonably warm 50s by Friday and Christmas.

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