There have been a few stretches this winter that have felt, for lack of a better phrase, really @##$%^ cold. But have they really been that cold? Or have the last few winters left unaccustomed to Jack Frost's chilly embrace.
Curious, we charted the temperature data for November through January. Here's the resulting graph in large format.
Or, looking at differently:
+ The mean temperature for this November was 2.5 degrees colder than the normal mean.
+ The mean temperature for this December was .9 degrees colder than the normal mean.
+ The mean temperature for this January was 2.9 degrees colder than the normal mean.
So, yeah, this winter has been a bit colder than typical, so far. And a few of the lows have dipped near the record low marks. (Though we've had a few high highs, too.)
And as far as snow goes, this winter (37.1 inches) is about 3 inches ahead of the typical total through the end of January (34.1 inches).
All numbers via National Weather Service. Normals are the 30-year averages, 1981-2010.
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