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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published February 11 2014

Weather Talk: Winter noticeably colder regardless of its ranking

One of the most asked questions lately has been: How does this winter rank in comparison to past winters? Snowfall this winter has been quite ordinary, but, of course, when this question comes up, it is almost always asked with regard to temperatures.

Through Monday, Feb. 10, the average temperature since Dec. 1 was 3.5 degrees. This ranks as the 23rd coldest on record. As a comparison, it would be similar to the average temperature for that same period during the winters of 2008-09, 1996-97 and 1995-96.

The biggest difference would be that all those winters had significantly more snowfall to this point. Based on the warmer temperatures that have moved into the area and are expected to remain for at least the next week (most days), that ranking will slowly drop.

When climatological winter ends on Feb. 28, we may not even finish in the Top 30. Yet, no matter the ranking, this is clearly a noticeably colder-than-average winter.


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