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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published June 09 2012

Weather Talk: Recalling an unusually mild winter and spring

As the weather begins to settle into summer, a look back at the recent months recalls an unusually nice winter and spring.

For the first time in seven years, winter snowfall was significantly below average at 27 inches. Average winter snowfall is 50 inches. The winter months of December, January and February had the warmest average temperature on record.

The spring was no different as the period of March through May also was the warmest on record. And just as the winter was barren of snow, the spring was short on rain, with just 3.39 inches compared to the average of 5.47 inches.

Typically, warm spring seasons also bring a lot of severe storms to our region, but the lack of moisture and rain kept the storminess to a low level. After such a long streak of generally cold and wet weather, the past few months have been a delightful reprieve.


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