Friday, August 28, 2015

Snow drought

Coldest night since last February, but where's the snow?

Snow drought

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After two elite snow winters, perhaps this was inevitable.

You may have noticed that no measureable snow has fallen since Halloween, and don't be surprised if it doesn't happen again before Groundhog Day.

We are about to experience the coldest overnight since last Feb. 9, but not even a respectable snow threat appears in the longer-range speculations.

Here is something to consider: Philadelphia just lived through its fifth-warmest December on record, with an average temperature of 43.3 degrees, 5.8 degrees above normal.

Four Decembers were warmer, and three of them coincided with snow-deprived winters.

December 1923 was the warmest on record, at 44.5 degrees. That winter, a total of 23 inches was measured in Philadelphia, but the biggest snow -- 6.8 inches -- didn't occur until April 1-2.

As for the others -- 1931, 2001, and 1889 -- the winter snow totals were 8, 4, and 7.4 inches respectively.

This may not be the best year to be in the plow business.

Inquirer Weather Columnist
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