Thursday, July 30, 2015

Winter a national no-show

As in Philadelphia, it was the fourth warmest on record nationwide.

Winter a national no-show


Among the 48 contiguous states, only in New Mexico were the December-through-February temperatures below normal, according to the National Climate Data Center.

In its winter report released today, it declared that the meteorological winter was the fourth-warmest on record nationally, finishing behind 2000, 1999, and 1992.

The 2011-12 temperature, averaged out over the climate center network, was 38.2, or 3.9 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th Century average.

You might recall that in Philadelphia it also was the fourth-warmest winter, and it also was the fourth-warmest statewide in Pennsylvania, and third mildest in New Jersey.

We've noted that what goes on here doesn't necessarily parallel what's happening in the rest of the world, but all four of the nationally warm winters also were on the mild side around here.

All the New England states, save for Maine, experienced their second-toastiest winter for 2011-12. In Maine, it was No. 3.

Here is the climate center report.




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