2011 weather: wet, snowy

2011 weather summary composite

Winter, spring, summer, fall.

The National Weather Service's climate summary for 2011 is out. Here are a few of the highlight from the wet, snowy year...

(normals in parenthesis)

average temperature: 50 (48.3)

highest temp: 99, on July 21

lowest temp: -13, on January 24

precipitation total: 53.68 inches (39.35) -- the third wettest year on record

largest 24 hour precipitation total: 4.81 inches, August 27-28 (that would be Irene)

snowfall total: 80.3 inches (59.1) -- 14th snowiest on record

largest 24 hour snow total: 12.8 inches, January 12 (some spots recorded much higher totals)

days with precipitation: 142 (137.8)

days with rain: 64

days with snow: 76 (34.8)

While we're on the subject of weather... This recent cold snap aside, winter is totally falling down on the job this year (so far). A few quick facts about this winter and it's less than impressive effort...

+ We've gotten 6.4 inches of snow this season -- and just 1 inch since December 1. December's measly .7 inch total is the sixth smallest on record. The typical snowfall season total by this point is 18.2 inches. [@Caporizzo10]

+ If the snow keeps up (or, you know, doesn't keep up) with this rate (a big if), we're headed toward a season with snowfall total in the 16-19 inch range (very rough estimate). That would be good for a top 5 spot on the list least snowiest snowfall seasons. The record is 13.5 inches (1912-1913).

+ The average temperatures this past December was 34. The typical average is 28.5. The average high temp for the month was 42.2 -- more than 6 degrees higher than the typical average high. (This is seriously cutting into our pond skating.)

+ November is not technically part of winter -- but many years it feels like it is. Not this year -- it was the best November ever. The average temp was 4.7 degrees higher than normal -- and the average high temp was almost 7 degrees higher than normal. It was the 9th warmest November on record. [@Jason_Weather]

Of course, it currently very cold. Today's high was overnight (25) before slipping into the teens all day. And Wednesday's forecasted to be another day 20s, and Thursdays the 30s (with a "slight" chance of snow). But Friday's forecast includes a high of 40 -- and mid-40s for the weekend.

Unless otherwise noted, numbers via the National Weather Service.

Comments

days with precipitation: 142 (137.8)

days with rain: 64

days with snow: 76 (34.8)

WHAT IS THE THIRD TYPE OF PRECIPATION

You *had* to go and sass old man winter, didn't you? It was -15C this morning when I woke up... COOOOOLD! But, at least it didn't snow :) Small blessings... =D

@bob kovlchec - does fog count? Ha!

@bob: Hail? Sleet? Wintry mix?

@bob: Have we already forgotten that in Albany ice can sometimes fall from the sky? Ice storms: beautiful, but awful.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Realize Troy city summit

The ongoing project to develop a new comprehensive plan for Troy -- Realize Troy -- has a "city summit" public event lined up for this... (more)

The Warehouse District and thinking about change

We stopped into the public workshop about rezoning Albany's Warehouse District Tuesday evening. It was interesting to hear people talk about their aspirations and concerns... (more)

"He also envisioned buildings themselves as objects of Minimalist art that reflected Rockefeller's personal taste, for better or for worse."

It's about the history of the Empire State Plaza and it's by Paul Grondahl, so that's probably all you need to know. But it also... (more)

What's up in the Neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: "upstate," tapping that, the 1920 waterfront, floral finds, running in the... (more)

A few facts, controversies, and quirks from the Northway's history

As noted by Albany Archives, the section of the Northway from Albany to around Glens Falls officially opened this week in 1961 (that is, Nelson... (more)

Recent Comments

I found Trevin Peterson through an All Over Albany recommendation about 2 years ago. ... His quotes were better detailed than other contractors. This spring, the job scope actually grew considerably since I decided this contractor was capable of replaceing 40 year old deteriorating retaining walls with architectural block here at my hillside home, along with an old side entrance deck supported by rotting cantilevered joists. Everything came out looking very professionally well done. He is partnered now with a master carpenter Chris Urba, and the company is now called Built By Design ... They will not be your cheapest quote, but if you want expert work they have the experience.

A look inside the new Druthers Albany location

...has 8 comments, most recently from Jason

A few facts, controversies, and quirks from the Northway's history

...has 2 comments, most recently from -B

What's up in the Neighborhood

...has 1 comment, most recently from JES

Capital Region birthday freebies

...has 41 comments, most recently from cher

The New Pornographers at Bearsville

...has 2 comments, most recently from Paul