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THURSDAY MARCH 22 - REVIEW OF THIS PAST WINTER
With winter officially over, it's an appropriate time to look back and summarize
the season. As we expected, this winter was snowier and colder than the past few
winters. In fact, in most places across the area it was the coldest and snowiest
winter since 1995-96.
Temperatures for the season were
close to average, with a relatively mild February
balancing out a very cold December. For the fourth straight winter, the temperature
did not officially drop below 10oF in either Wilmington or Philadelphia - the
was 12oF in Philadelphia and 11oF in Wilmington,
both occurring just before Christmas.
Snowfall was generally above average, but not everywhere. For
comparison sake, the average is around 20 inches in Philadelphia and Wilmington, 15
in Atlantic City, and around 35 inches in Allentown. As you can see, there was a huge
variation in total snowfall across the area, mainly because we were right on the edge
of a couple significant storms when a few miles made a big difference.