Feb 26, 2014

Winter 2013-2014 compared to winters past

So far much of the nation has been experiencing a good "Old Fashioned" winter.

First when meteorologists talk about seasons, for bookkeeping purposes we divide the year into 4 quarters, with each of the respective seasons being three months long. Thus Spring is comprised of the months of March, April and May; Summer: June, July and August; Fall: September, October and November; Winter: December through February.

Since November of 2013 Albany's average monthly temperatures have been below normal. The monthly departures from normal are: Nov -2.5°, Dec -0.9°, Jan -2.9 and so far for February (through the 25th) -2.7°

The last time Albany had four or more consecutive months of below temperatures spanning the Fall and Winter months was for the period from October 2002 through February of 2003. A span of 5 months. So far for from November 2013 through February 2014 we are below normal for 4 straight months.

So far Albany's average temperature for this winter (through February 25th) is 23.3° The normal winter temperature is 25.6°

From the NWS Albany climo site here are the Top 10:

The winter thus far, while colder than normal, is not even in the TOP 10 coldest. Another note, as cold as it has been NO record low temperatures have been set either!

Snowfall

For February 2014 (through the 25th) Albany's monthly snow fall is now 27.9" this is now the 7th snowiest February on record for Albany below is the current top 10 snowiest Februaries. Snowfall records go back 1884

The seasonal snow fall total so far is 65". The normal snowfall for Albany is 59.1"


On Saturday March 1st will start "meteorological" Spring. Here are some weather stats for the month:
Monthly Average Temperature 35° Precipitation:3.21" Snowfall: 10.2" Just an aside on March snowfall of Albany's Top 20 Snowstorms on record 4 have occurred in March.
We'll see what March brings as far as the weather goes. In looking at the long range weather data it does look like the month will start a lion along with more BELOW normal cold.