December was 8th warmest on record

December’s average temperature was 38.1 degrees, the eighth warmest, according to Dr. Timothy W. Hawkins, professor and graduate program coordinator in Shippensburg University’s geography-earth science department. 

In addition, Hawkins said, 2012 “ended up as the second warmest year ever in Shippensburg since measurements began in 1933. The average temperature was 55.3 degrees. The warmest year was 1998 with an average temperature of 55.9 degrees. While numbers have not been released yet, it is likely that 2012 will be one of the warmest, if not the warmest year ever, for both the U.S. and the planet since measurements have been recorded.” 

For December, the monthly precipitation was 3.97 inches, the 22nd wettest. Monthly snowfall totaled 9.7 inches, the 24th snowiest. 

The Department of Geography and Earth Science presents current weather conditions on campus, weather data and a weather watch cam at