Bellingham got one more shot of cold Canadian air to end the year, but it wasn’t enough to prevent 2014 from going into the books alongside 1958 as the warmest year on record.
The average temperature for the year, 52.4 degrees, was 2.6 degrees above normal. (The National Weather Service determines what’s normal at a location by averaging over a 30-year period — in this case, 1981-2010.)
In 1958, which is tied for the warmest year since records were first kept in 1949, the thermometer at the airport broke 80 degrees 33 times — a record that still stands. Last year was notable more for its warm nights. Daily low temperatures averaged 44.9 degrees in 2014, breaking the old record of 44.4 degrees.
Even though December ended with days about 10 degrees colder than normal, the month as a whole was 4.2 degrees above normal. Bellingham tied or broke high-temperature records on five days during the month. The high temperature of 67 degrees recorded on Dec. 10 was the warmest ever in the month of December at Bellingham International Airport.
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The rainfall total for the year was 36.84 inches, which was 1.01 inches, or 2.8 percent, above normal.
The weather will be more typical for this time of year by Friday, Jan. 2, when the high temperature is expected to be in the low 40s with a chance of rain. The forecast includes rain through the middle of next week.
Mt. Baker Ski Area could see up to two inches of new snow on Friday and up to three inches at night Saturday, Jan. 3.