Two reviews are here. First, an update on changes to the blog. Second, a review of December.
While fighting a cold through-out the Christmas vacation period, I was able to bring a new look to the blog pages. Here are the big changes:
- Changed to the new Suffusion Theme for WordPress. This is a much cleaner look with greater functionality. Navigation should be easier. From an administration point of view, it is much easier to set up and have it look the way I want.
- Wrote a program for a widget that is providing the Shark Oil Barometer pic in the upper right corner. This is a much cleaner way to get it into the page. I am working on publishing the “widget” or “plugin” on WordPress.org.
- Added more mobile support for devices other than iPhones and iTouches. Blackberries and other mobile devices should be better viewers for the blog at this point.
Ah, December. Bone chilling cold comes to mind. There were 5 days in December when the average daily temperature was above historic average. On the other extreme, there were 8 days when the average daily temperature was 10 or more degrees below the historic average. For the month overall,
Average Daily High Temperature: 37.3F Average Daily Low Temperature: 11.2F Average Daily Mean Temperature: 24.9F Departure from Normal Mean: -5.9F
That’s nearly 6F below normal. We will have to wait to see how it stacks up for Flagstaff from a long term view. But, December 2009 was colder than the 5 previous Decembers. The snowfall on December 7th was a record for that day, and the 8th largest single day snowfall Flagstaff has recorded. Overall for the month, we recieved 31 inches of snow, or 2.85 inches of water. That is more than an inch over average.
Will it continue into the New Year? At least not at the start. Clear and seasonable are the words for the next week.