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Daryl Ritchison, Published March 04 2013

Weather Talk: Winter nearly 10 degrees cooler compared with 2011-12 season

The winter of 2011-12 was one many of us may never forget. The average temperature last winter was 22.1 degrees, the warmest on record.

Our just-completed winter was nearly 10 degrees cooler, with an average temperature of 12.7 degrees. The past three months finished right near the 30-year average winter temperature of 12.6 degrees. That tenth of a degree was warm enough to rank the winter of 2012-13 as the 37th-warmest winter since 1881.

Total snowfall for the three principal months of winter was 28.7 inches in comparison with the average of 29.4 inches. However, the moisture content was above average. In total, 2.56 inches of rain and melted snow was recorded from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28, which is 0.42 inch above the 30-year winter average.

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