10 Coldest Days on Record For December in Buffalo [List]
Over the next 10 days in Buffalo, the temperatures are going to continue to drop. The warmest day in the 10-day forecast is Sunday, November 21, with a high of 49 degrees. Otherwise, we're looking at temps in the 30s and 40s. While it's certainly not beach weather, it's definitely better than some of the coldest days on record for November and December in Buffalo. Check out the super low temperatures we've experienced throughout the decades.
10 Coldest Days on Record in Buffalo for December:
5. December 11, 1960 (Tie) -6
5. December 19, 1875 (Tie) -6
4. December 20, 1983 (Tie) -7
4. December 29, 1933 (Tie) -7
3. December 21, 1983 (Tie) -8
3. December 24, 1960 (Tie) -8
2. December 12, 1988 (3-Way Tie) -9
2. December 27, 1993 (3-Way Tie) -9
2. December 30, 1880 (3-Way Tie) -9
1. December 25, 1980 -10
Data provided by the National Weather Service
The 1980s seemed to be pretty cold here; four of the 10 coldest days on record, including the coldest, were during the 80s. Clearly, December days have been much colder than November days in Buffalo. The coldest day on record in November is on the 30th of 1875 when the temperature was 2 degrees.
The Farmer's Almanac predicts that December of 2021 will be cold with rain and snow,
Dec 1-7 Snow showers, cold
Dec 8-13 Rain and snow showers, mild
Dec 14-20 Lake snows, cold
Dec 21-24 Snow showers, very cold
Dec 25-31 Snowy periods, cold
To add insult to injury, not only does December's forecast look pretty miserable, the cost of heating your home will cost more this year.
People in WNY Will Pay Way More For Their Heating Bills This Winter
National Fuel issued an alert to its customers in Western New York,
Market prices for natural gas supplies have increased significantly from the historic lows experienced in the winters of 2019-20 and 2020-21. New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) natural gas pricing for deliveries this upcoming winter recently topped $6 per MMBtu, more than doubling last winter when pricing averaged under $3 per MMBtu. This rise – driven by several economic factors, including global demand for domestically produced liquefied natural gas, disruptions in domestic production, and lower-than-average national storage inventory levels – has caused an increase in the cost of natural gas purchased and placed in storage by the Utility to meet customer heating needs for the upcoming winter.
National Fuel has several programs that help you offset this increase in your bill:
- The Neighbor For Neighbor Heat - Customers ages 55 years or older, the disabled, people currently receiving unemployment benefits, or are military veterans are eligible for grants of up to $500
- Deferred Payment Agreement - Customers can set up a payment plan for their bill
- Special Protections - If a person in a customers household is 62-years-old or older, 18-years-old or younger, or are blind or disabled, there are certain protections from heat disconnection available
- NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Program - This program offers customers funds towards utilities
You can speak to someone about options by calling National Fuel's customer service line from 7 am to 6 pm at 1-800-365-3234.
Governor Kathy Hochul announced that $373 million in home heating aid is available for residents who meet certain income requirements. You can submit your application for the Home Energy Assistance Program through the New York Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. The HEAP program is on a first-come, first-served basis, so it's important to get your application in now. You can find your local office here. You can also visit the Governor's website for more info.