This was the warmest, least snowy winter on record

snowfall 2015-2016 December-February

This winter's daily snowfall total through February compared to the 30-year normal daily total.

The (meteorological) winter that just ended was the warmest, least snowy on record in Albany, according to the local office of the National Weather Service.

The average temperature for this past December, January, and February was 33.4 degrees -- that's 7.8 degrees higher than normal, and .7 degrees higher than the old record set in 1931-1932. (Temperature records date back 1820.)

The total snowfall for those three months was just 10.3 inches -- 33.5 inches less than the 30-year normal for that period. The total just dipped below the old record of 10.9 inches set in 1936-1937. (Records date back to to 1884-1885.)

(Even with the low snow total, this area wasn't short on precipitation. The Albany area got 8.98 inches of rain from December through February, which is more than a inch above the normal level.)

The NWS Albany office also reported this week that this past meteorological winter had the most number of days with high temps above 50 degrees -- 24 days total -- of any winter on record (since 1874). The previous record had been 17 in 2001-2002.

And this snowfall season -- October through May -- is still in the running for least snowiest ever. We're currently at 10.3 inches since last summer (36.6 inches off the normal pace). The record is 13.8 inches, set in 1912-1913 (dating back to 1884-1885).

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.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

Everything changes: Alicia Lea

Everyone has a moment in life when things change. Sometimes we know it right away, other times we only recognize it looking back. With the... (more)

Morning Blend

Vigil for victims of Ballston Spa shooting About 600 people turned out at a vigil on a cold Tuesday night, to remember 12-year-old Emma Jones,... (more)

Tinker and Fiddle

We got an Ask AOA question awhile back about programming classes for kids, and this looks like an interesting program... An org called Tinker and... (more)

Capital Region economic development grants: residential conversions, sewers, Lincoln Park pool, Urban Grow Center

The Capital Region scored $67 million in the state's annual Region Economic Development Council awards/game show/porktacular on Tuesday. The region was not a "top performer"... (more)

You might be getting a refund from Spectrum

The state Attorney General's office announced today that it's reached a settlement with Spectrum/Charter* for denying "customers the reliable and fast internet service it had... (more)

Recent Comments

My three year old son absolutely loving riding the train around Huck Finn's (Hoffman's) Playland this summer.

Hikes and hot chocolates

...has 2 comments, most recently from Cristin Steding

Drawing: What's something that brought you joy this year?

...has 32 comments, most recently from Summer Bliss

You might be getting a refund from Spectrum

...has 3 comments, most recently from Donna Lee

Morning Blend for Dec 18

...has 1 comment, most recently from Karner_blu

A peek at the plan for the new Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany

...has 9 comments, most recently from PB