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.


days with precipitation: 142 (137.8)

days with rain: 64

days with snow: 76 (34.8)


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.

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