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Snow totals break 1963 records

Jacksonville broke several records dating back to 1963 during the 2012 Christmas snowfall.

Jacksonville/Little Rock Air Force Base edged out the previous record for the most snow in the month of December. The 9 inches recorded in 2012 were more an inch more than the 8 inches recorded in December 1963, according to preliminary data from the National Weather Service.

The amount also ranks as the highest 24-hour December snowfall on record for Jacksonville. The previous record was 8 inches, recorded Dec. 22-23, 1963.

In 2012, the single calendar date of Dec. 25 recorded 8 inches of snow, which ranked as the highest calendar date snowfall in December for the city. The previous record was 7.7 inches on Dec. 22, 1963.

The totals also ranked in the top-ten calendar date snowfalls for any month for the city.

The Weather Service has records for Jacksonville/Little Rock Air Force Base dating back to 1956.

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