Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Fourth-warmest winter

The three-month temperature, 40.7, is 6.3 above long-term average.

Fourth-warmest winter

0 comments

With an average temperature of 40 today in Philadelphia, the "winter" of 2010-11 has become the fourth-warmest in 138 years of recordkeeping.

The average temperature for the December through February period -- the meteorological winter -- would be 40.7 degrees Fahrenheit, or 6.3 degrees above the long-term winter average of 34.4.

We got through the winter without a single "cold snap," defined by National Weather Service climate guru Mark DeLisi as three consecutive days in which the temperature fails to get above 35.

By his count, that's happened 11 other times.

As for snow, we stand at 4 inches for the season, just 399.9 behind Valdez, Alaska.

Assuming it doesn't snow again around here this season -- and that's looking like a very safe assumption -- the winter of 2011-12 would tie for No. 4 among the least-snowy winters.

Inquirer Weather Columnist
0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

Everyone talks about the weather, and here we write about it.

When we’re around and conditions warrant, we’ll keep you updated about what’s coming, but we will do our best always to discuss weather and climate developments in context and remind you that nothing in the atmosphere happens in a vacuum.

Tony Wood has been writing about the atmosphere for The Inquirer for 26 years.

Reach Tony at twood@phillynews.com.

Tony Wood Inquirer Weather Columnist
Also on Philly.com
letter icon Newsletter