This report describes the typical weather at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point (Cherry Point, North Carolina, United States) weather station over the course of an average December. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Cherry Point, North Carolina has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by forests (64%), oceans and seas (23%), croplands (6%), and lakes and rivers (5%).
The month of December is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 62°F to 56°F over the course of the month, exceeding 74°F or dropping below 41°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of December, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 21 with 9:48 hours of daylight; the longest day is December 1 with 9:59 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:57am on December 1; the latest sunset is at 5:06pm on December 31; the latest sunrise is at 7:15am on December 31; the earliest sunset is at 4:56pm on December 6.
Daylight saving time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in December, so the entire month is in standard time.
The median cloud cover ranges from 54% (partly cloudy) to 62% (partly cloudy). The trend is for the sky to be becoming cloudier with the median cloud cover increasing by 8% from the start to the end of the month.
On December 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 42% of the time, partly cloudy 14% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 42% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 41%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout December, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain and moderate rain.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 51% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 26, when it is observed during 22% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 27% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 10, when it is observed during 11% of all days.
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around December 31, occurring in 3% of days.
Either snow rarely accumulates at this location in December or snow depth measurements are unavailable or unreliable.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 49% (comfortable) to 91% (very humid) over the course of a typical December, rarely dropping below 29% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around December 1, at which time the relative humidity drops below 62% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around December 1, rising above 86% (very humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical December, the dew point typically varies from 28°F (dry) to 50°F (dry) and is rarely below 10°F (dry) or above 65°F (mildy humid).
Over the course of December typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 13 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 21 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around December 25, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around December 2, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).