Garrett Nelson, left, and his brother Dakota Nelson play tennis Dec. 27 at Phelps Grove Park in Springfield. Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO

Thoughts of a white Christmas were all but banished as temperatures rose to unseasonably warm this December.

Critters normally in hibernation and brumation — hibernation for cold-blooded animals — were poking their heads out even on Christmas Eve, like the bee who stung a reporter at Cruse Dog Park or the black rat snake former Outdoors Reporter Wes Johnson found on the Fellows Lake bike trail.

Meteorologist Justin Titus, with the National Weather Service Springfield office, said there have been at least six different days of record-breaking temperatures, making the monthly average temperatures for this December the highest ranking, as of data collected Sunday.

As for single day temperatures, it was 77 degrees on one day in December back in 1948 and 1991. This year, the single highest temperature we’ve seen was 75 degrees, Titus said.

“We’ve been seeing kind of consecutive years where we’re breaking temperature records in December,” Titus said. “It does seem like that trend is increasing.”

Meteorologist Justin Titus, with the National Weather Service Springfield office, said there have been at least six different days of record-breaking temperatures, making the monthly average temperatures for this December the highest ranking, as of data collected Sunday.

As for single day temperatures, it was 77 degrees on one day in December back in 1948 and 1991. This year, the single highest temperature we’ve seen was 75 degrees, Titus said.

“We’ve been seeing kind of consecutive years where we’re breaking temperature records in December,” Titus said. “It does seem like that trend is increasing.”

“Temperatures can change quickly and conditions can change quickly, and I think most people living in the Ozarks probably understand that, but always good to keep in mind,” Titus said.

SPRINGFIELD NEWS-LEADER

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