Average Weather in December in Prince George Canada
In Prince George, the month of December is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing by 6°F, from 30°F to 24°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 42°F or dropping below 1°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 7°F, from 19°F to 12°F, rarely falling below -14°F or exceeding 33°F.
For reference, on August 1, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Prince George typically range from 51°F to 76°F, while on January 1, the coldest day of the year, they range from 12°F to 24°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in December
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on December. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in December
The month of December in Prince George experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 73% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is December 7, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 28% of the time.
For reference, on February 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 76%, while on August 1, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 60%.
Cloud Cover in December
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Prince George, the chance of a wet day over the course of December is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 34% and ending it at 31%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 40% on October 31, and its lowest chance is 18% on July 31.
Over the course of December in Prince George, the chance of a day with only rain decreases from 14% to 9%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 6% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow increases from 13% to 16%.
Probability of Precipitation in December
To show variation within the month and not just the monthly total, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during December in Prince George is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 1.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.0 inches or falls below 0.3 inches, and ending the month at 0.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.8 inches or falls below 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in December
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. As with rainfall, we consider the liquid-equivalent snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall during December in Prince George is gradually increasing, starting the month at 0.9 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.9 inches or falls below 0.2 inches, and ending the month at 1.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.0 inches or falls below 0.4 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in December
Over the course of December in Prince George, the length of the day is gradually decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 17 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 34 seconds, and weekly decrease of 3 minutes, 57 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is December 21, with 7 hours, 23 minutes of daylight and the longest day is December 1, with 7 hours, 46 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December
The earliest sunrise of the month in Prince George is 8:06 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 23 minutes later at 8:29 AM on December 29.
The earliest sunset is 3:48 PM on December 13 and the latest sunset is 10 minutes later at 3:59 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Prince George during 2017, but it neither starts nor ends during December, so the entire month is in standard time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 4:39 AM and sets 17 hours, 8 minutes later, at 9:46 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:27 AM and sets 7 hours, 23 minutes later, at 3:50 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in December
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Prince George is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in December
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Prince George is essentially constant during December, remaining around 2.4 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on December 10, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 2.4 miles per hour, while on August 4, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 1.8 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during December is 2.4 miles per hour on December 10.
Average Wind Speed in December
Wind Direction in December
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Prince George is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 0.6 kWh throughout.
The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 0.6 kWh on December 23.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Prince George are 53.917 deg latitude, -122.753 deg longitude, and 1,995 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Prince George contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 469 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,969 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,247 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,770 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Prince George is covered by artificial surfaces (38%), sparse vegetation (24%), and trees (21%), within 10 miles by trees (63%) and grassland (12%), and within 50 miles by trees (81%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Prince George year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There is only a single weather station, Prince George Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Prince George.
At a distance of 6 kilometers from Prince George, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Prince George according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.