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 lowest 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.

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