By Gary McManus, State Climatologist — Warm and mostly dry December weather dashed any hopes of walking in a winter wonderland, including dreams of a white Christmas.Very little in the way of wintry weather was seen during the month, save for a couple of inches of snow in the western Panhandle and a few bouts with freezing drizzle and fog. Christmas Day itself was the second warmest on record with a statewide average temperature of 57 degrees, topped only by 2016’s 57.6 degrees and far removed from 1983’s record cold of 4.7 degrees. Spring weather took up the slack for…

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