Warm Start to Winter 2012-2013

...WINTER 2012-2013 OFF TO VERY WARM START...SIMILAR TO LAST WINTER...

METEOROLOGICAL WINTER (DECEMBER - FEBRUARY) IS NEARLY HALFWAY OVER
AND THUS FAR HAS BEEN ANOMALOUSLY WARM WITH LITTLE SNOWFALL.
WINTER 2012-2013 HAS STARTED OFF ALMOST IDENTICALLY TO LAST YEAR.
IN FACT...THIS WINTER BELIEVE IT OR NOT HAS THUS FAR BEEN WARMER
AT ST. LOUIS AND COLUMBIA. ADDITIONALLY...ST. LOUIS HAS RECEIVED
LESS SNOW SO FAR THIS WINTER COMPARED TO LAST YEAR THROUGH JANUARY 13TH.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE SECOND HALF OF WINTER? TIME WILL
TELL...BUT ACCORDING TO THE CLIMATE PREDICITION CENTER (CPC)...THE
NEXT TWO WEEKS DOES HAVE A HIGHER THAN NORMAL CHANCE OF OBSERVING
COLDER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES. BELOW IS A COMPARISON OF OBSERVED
TEMPERATURES...SNOWFALL...AND TOTAL PRECIPITATION AT OUR THREE OFFICIAL CLIMATE
SITES (ST. LOUIS...COLUMBIA...QUINCY) SO FAR THIS WINTER COMPARED
TO THIS TIME LAST WINTER (DATA VALID FROM DECEMBER 1ST - JANUARY
13TH FOR BOTH WINTERS).


TEMPERATURE:

ST. LOUIS	 WINTER
40.4F 	2012-2013
40.3F	2011-2012

COLUMBIA  WINTER
37.4F	2012-2013
37.0F	2011-2012

QUINCY  	 WINTER
34.0F	2012-2013
35.5F	2011-2012


SNOWFALL*:

ST. LOUIS WINTER
2.2"	2012-2013
3.8"	2011-2012

COLUMBIA  WINTER
4.2" 	2012-2013
2.3" 	2011-2012


PRECIPITATION:

ST. LOUIS WINTER
3.27"	2012-2013
3.31"	2011-2012

COLUMBIA  WINTER
2.27"	2012-2013
3.67"	2011-2012

QUINCY    WINTER
2.01"	2012-2013
2.81" 	2011-2012


*NOTE: SNOWFALL DATA FROM QUINCY NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO LACK OF
 OBSERVATIONS AT SITE.*


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