We have noted that last month broke a string of nine consecutive months of above-normal temperatures in Philadelphia and that it was the coldest December in a decade.
It turns out that it also was exceptionally windy. Esteemed erstwhile Inquirer outdoors writer Conrad Grove, freshly returned from a hiatus, wondered if it might have been the windiest December ever.
That prompted us to take a look back, and while it wasn't No. 1, it was the windiest since 1992, based on average wind speeds.
On average winds blew 12.0 m.p.h. during the 31 days, according to the National Weather Service's automated station at Philadelphia International Airport.