Temperatures were about 2 C above average during December in Greater Moncton which continued a trend from autumn and from the entire year really with a couple exceptions.
The first snow of the season fell on the 10th (8 cm) which was late if you compare to previous years but it was just a taste of white to come.
Three major snowstorms each dumped 20 cm or more of snow during the last half of the month pushing the snowfall total above normal.
DECEMBER 2012 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)
Average HIGH 0.6 C
Average LOW -7.3 C
AVERAGE -3.4 C (about 2.1 degrees above the 30-year average 1971-2000)
Extreme HIGH 10.3 C (05 Dec)
Extreme LOW -16.5 C (16 Dec)
Rainfall 41.0 mm (approximately; 25% below normal)
Snowfall 85.0 cm (approximately; 22% above normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada and Wunderground)