You may be sick of the snow and the cold but at least meteorological winter has ended! We take a look at some interesting numbers and statistics at how this winter stacks up against the record books in temperatures and snowfall. Just a reminder that the meteorological winter season runs from December 1st through February 28th. Detailed climate summaries are available here: Fort Wayne & South Bend.
Prior to December 12th 2013, it had been close to 3 years (1035 days to be exact) since the area saw temperatures at or below 0 degrees. This ended a record-breaking streak of consecutive days above 0 at South Bend.
Since December 12th, 2013 the area has seen many days with zero/below-zero temperatures. The graphic below shows the number of days with temperatures at or below 0 this winter compared to normal.
The plot below from the Iowa Environmental Mesonet shows the amount of time (plotted in number of 24-hour days) with temperatures below 0° through 10 PM February 26th. This is about 1.5 to 3 times the normal amount of time we'd see in a winter season!
Since records began, there have been 10 days on record at Fort Wayne and 12 days on record at South Bend where high temperatures failed to reach 0°F or above. The graphic below lists these days in order of coldest high temperatures.
The graphic below shows the records for number of consecutive hours with temperatures below 0°F.
We decided to take a look at how average temperatures stack up for the winter season. The winter seasonal average temperature at Fort Wayne was 20.7 degrees, which is 6.7 degrees below normal. The table below shows the top 15 coldest (average temperatures) winters on record at Fort Wayne.
The winter seasonal average temperature at South Bend was 20.3 degrees, which is 6.7 degrees below normal. The table below shows the top 15 coldest (average temperatures) winters on record at South Bend.
The average temperature for February at Fort Wayne was 17.6 degrees, which was 10.7 degrees below normal. This ranked as the 5th coldest February on record.The coldest Februarys on record are ranked in the table below.
the average temperature for February at South Bend was 18.4 degrees, which is 9.4 degrees below normal. The coldest Februarys on record are ranked in the table below.
The average temperature for January at Fort Wayne was 17.0 degrees, which is 7.9 degrees below normal. This ranks January 2014 as the 10th coldest January on record (since 1897). The coldest Januaries on record are ranked in the table below.
The average temperature for January at South Bend was 16.3 degrees, which is 8.1 degrees below normal. This ranks January 2014 as the 9th coldest January on record (since 1893). The coldest Januaries on record are ranked in the table below.
Fort Wayne Airport saw more than DOUBLE the amount of snow than they would in an ENTIRE normal winter. The winter seasonal total at Fort Wayne was 59.4 inches of snow for the winter season. The normal snowfall for an entire winter season is 26.3 inches.
The line graph below shows this year's snowfall to date (green line), normal snowfall (brown line), and the year with the maximum seasonal snowfall (blue line.)
The winter of 2013-2014 ended as the 2nd snowiest winter ever, just 1.7" shy of the record!
For the season (July - June), Fort Wayne has seen 64.4" (through March 3rd, 2014). This would put Fort Wayne currently in 2nd place all time. Take a look at the records below.
Fort Wayne saw a trace or more of snow on 63 out of the 90 days this winter and measurable snow (0.1" or greater) on 41 days. This ranks #1 in number of days with measurable snow for a winter season.
Fort Wayne saw 64 out of 90 days this winter with an inch of snow or more on the ground. This ranks as 8th place.
The month of February 2014 also ranked in 3rd place for snowiest Februarys on record!
January 2014 was the snowiest January on record at Fort Wayne!
January 2014 was also the snowiest month on record at Fort Wayne!
Note: There is no snowfall data for the South Bend Airport due to the lack of a snowfall observer.