Winter Stats

February 7, 2012 Updated Feb 7, 2012 at 6:33 PM EDT

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February 7, 2012 Updated Feb 7, 2012 at 6:33 PM EDT

STATS COMPILED FROM THE BUFFALO NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETAILING OUR MILD WINTER. THE RECORDS GO BACK 141 YEARS.

SNOWFALL FOR THE SEASON THROUGH FEB 5TH STANDS AT 24.6 INCHES.
NORMAL TO DATE WOULD BE 65.0 INCHES. THIS RANKS AS THE 12TH LEAST ON
RECORD. THE LEAST SNOWY SEASON ON RECORD THROUGH FEB 5TH WAS
1889-1890 WITH 11.9 INCHES. A MORE RECENT YEAR WITH VERY LOW SNOW
WAS 1988-1989 WITH 20.9 INCHES THROUGH FEB 5TH...WHICH RANKS AS 5TH
LEAST ON RECORD.

NUMBER OF DAYS WITH SNOW ON THE GROUND IS A VERY TELLING METRIC ON
WINTER SEVERITY SINCE IT RELATES TO BOTH SNOWFALL AND TEMPERATURE.
THIS YEAR THERE HAVE BEEN 15 DAYS WITH AN INCH OR MORE OF SNOW ON
THE GROUND. THE NORMAL FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON IS 72 DAYS...AND THE
RECORD LOW NUMBER IS 29 DAYS SET BACK IN 1918-19. IF THE PATTERN
CONTINUES THROUGH THE REST OF WINTER AND EARLY SPRING...THE ALL TIME
RECORD MAY BE IN REACH. NOTE THAT SNOW DEPTH DATA IS NOT COMPLETE IN
THE EARLY YEARS OF RECORD...SO THE SNOW DEPTH DATA WAS ANALYZED
SINCE THE WINTER OF 1893-94.

TEMPERATURES HAVE ALSO BEEN VERY MILD MOST OF THE TIME FROM LATE
FALL THROUGH WINTER TO THIS POINT. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FROM
NOVEMBER 1ST THROUGH FEBRUARY 5TH IS 37.2 DEGREES...WHICH IS ABOUT 6
DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE. THIS RANKS AS THE 2ND WARMEST ON RECORD FOR
THAT STRETCH. THE RECORD WARMEST DURING THAT PERIOD WAS 37.4 DEGREES
SET IN 2001-2002.