Winter 2011-12 Continuing to Break New Ground

By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON
By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON

Thursday's high temperature of 46-degrees marks the 33rd day since December 1 in which the mercury has climbed above the 40-degree mark. Now, that may not sound like a lot, but consider this: There've been a total of 78 days since Dec. 1. Do the math, and you'll find that an astounding 42% of days in these winter months have been 40-degrees or warmer! By comparison, there had only been 5 such days by this time last winter!

The lack of snow cover here has a lot to say in that matter! There has been 1" of snow (or greater) on the ground for just 17 days this cold season. It speaks to how light the snows have been, and the ability to quickly melt that snow off! Furthermore, there've been just 8 days in which our snow depth registered 3" or greater, 5 days with 5" or greater, and only TWO days with a half a foot of snow on the ground! Compare that to last winter in which we hardly saw bare ground all season long!

Only one winter had seen fewer days with snow on the ground, that was the warm winter of 2001-02 which had only 12 days with an inch or more of snow on the ground!

There's no reason to believe that our current trend will reverse anytime soon! 5 of the next 7 days are forecast to be in the 40s, and even Saturday and/or Sunday, both currently forecast to reach 38-degrees, could add to our amazing run!


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