While the meteorological winter is far from following in the footsteps of the earth's tilt and position around the sun, it gives us a good time to look back at the official season of winter to determine how COLD it actually was versus other winter similar to it.
4 indicators of winter severity. 1) TOTAL SNOWFALL, 2) DAYS WITH SNOW ON THE GROUND 3) AVERAGE TEMPERATURE & 4) NIGHTS BELOW 10 DEGREES. Was this winter among the coldest and snowiest all-time? Where did this winter rank?
Each graph will show where this year resides ALL-TIME which goes back to 1871. Many have mentioned how this winter is the coldest in a generation. So I created a second graph which shows the the information over the last 40 winters (since 1975) for a more recent perspective.
RANKS 9th ALL-TIME
LAST 40 WINTERS
4 WINTERS IN THE EARLY 2000s HAD MORE SNOW THAN THIS WINTER!
DAYS/SNOW ON GROUND MORE THAN 1"
RANKS 5th ALL-TIME
THIS WINTER IS TIED WITH 2010-11 AND 2002-03 FOR DAYS WITH SNOW COVER GREATER THAN 1 INCH:
NIGHTS BELOW 10 DEGREES
RANKS 11th ALL-TIME
THE LAST WINTER WITH MORE NIGHTS BELOW 10 DEGREES WAS WINTER 1978-79
RANKS 20th ALL-TIME
COLDEST SINCE 1993-94
5TH COLDEST IN THE LAST 40 WINTERS