December weather was almost a carbon copy of November's and seemed to extend autumn through the end of the year.
The statistics for the two months compared favorably. December's average high was 44.4 degrees, which was 1.1 degree above its historical average and four degrees lower than November's average.
The average low in December was 31.7 degrees, well above the historical average of 25 degrees and 1.4 degrees warmer than November's average.
The month's warmest day was 64 on Dec. 7. The coldest morning was Dec. 4, when it was 12 degrees. Lawrence had three days with highs in the 60s, seven days in the 50s, nine days in both the 40s and 30s and three days in the 20s.
The last two months of 1991 also were similar in precipitaiton. The Kansas University Weather Service recorded 2.36 inches of rainfall, almost an inch more than the historical average of 1.44 inches. The city received 2.33 inches of rain and snow in November.
The most precipitation for the month fell on Dec. 19 and Dec. 20, when KU recorded 1.31 inches of rain. The city received measurable precipitation on eight days during the month and a trace of moisture on two other days.
For the year, Lawrence received 33.40 inches of rain, or 3.41 inches less than the historical average of 36.81 inches. December marked the third straight month in which more precipitation fell than usual, but an unusually dry summer doomed the city to receive less than its normal amount of precipitation.