You had to hold on tight and go along for a wild weather ride during December in Greater Moncton.
The monthly average was well above normal (3.7 C above normal) but most noteworthy was the frequent, dramatic swings in temperature.
Overnight lows were actually quite cold in the second half of the month (dipping to -19.9 C on Christmas Day) but daytime highs were frequently mild with four days at or above 10.0 C.
In a bizarre swing from 27-29 December, the temperature fell to -10.2 C, then climbed to 10.0 C, then dropped again to -10.3 C.
Precipitation was near normal overall but snowfall was well below normal for the month.
DECEMBER 2011 ALMANAC
Average HIGH 3.2 C
Average LOW -6.8 C
AVERAGE -1.8 C (3.7 degrees above the 30-year average)
Extreme HIGH 13.6 C (on the 5th and 8th)
Extreme LOW -19.9 C (on the 25th)
Rainfall 93.0 mm (almost 50 percent above normal)
Snowfall 21.2 cm (almost 70 percent below normal)
Precipitation 112.8 mm (near normal)