After hovering near record cold most of the month, December 2010 ended up the fifth coldest December in Columbias recorded weather history, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center.
The average daily temperature (daily high plus daily low divided by two) was 39.63, well above the record of 37.94 set in 1917. Other colder Decembers since records began being kept in Columbia in 1887 were in 1935, 1963 and 2000.
The cold December helped offset the warmest summer on record, leaving 2010 as the 43rd warmest year on record. It also was the 19th driest year, with only 35.5 inches of precipitation in Columbia, about 75 percent of normal.