The winter of 2011-2012 has been characterized by much above normal temperatures. At Fort Wayne, the average temperature for the climatological winter to date (Dec 1 - Feb 17) has been 32.3 degrees which is tied for the 7th warmest on record (warmest of 36.9 degrees in 1931-1932). At South Bend, the average temperature for this time period has been 32.0 degrees which is tied for the 3rd warmest on record for the climatological winter to date (the warmest 33.5 in 2001-2002). Through February 17th, the seasonal snowfall total at Fort Wayne is 31.3 inches, which is 5.5 inches above normal. At South Bend, the seasonal snowfall total through February 17th has been 46.5 inches which is 6.5 inches below normal. Much of the northern and central United States has experienced above normal temperatures and below normal snowfall this winter. The following animations indicate daily snow cover analyses from NOHRSC (National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center) from November 15th to February 17th. The animation on the top is for last winter (2010-11), and the animation on the bottom is for this winter. The dates of each analysis are given at the top of each map during the animations.
2010-2011 (Nov 15th-Feb 17th)
2011-2012 (Nov 15th-Feb 17th)