How does this winter's cold and snow compare to normal?

The winter of 2010-11 remains unusually cold and snowy. The following are preliminary temperature and snowfall stats for Evansville and Paducah for the season to date (December 1 to February 9):

TEMPERATURES:

At Paducah, the average temperature from December 1 to February 9 was 31.3 degrees. This ranks as the 9th coldest such period on record. Records at Paducah date back to 1937. The coldest such period was 27.3 in 1977, followed by 28.5 in 1978.

The short-range outlook calls for temperatures to warm to above normal levels, so the winter as a whole may not rank among the ten coldest.

At Evansville, the average temperature from December 1 to February 9 was 29.2 degrees. This ranks as the 10th coldest such period on record. Records at Evansville date back to 1897. The coldest such period was 23.0 in 1977, followed by 23.8 in 1918.

SNOWFALL:

At Paducah, the snowfall so far this season has been 18.9 inches. This ranks as the 5th snowiest such period. The snowiest such period on record was 26.0 inches in 1984-1985. The mean snowfall for an entire winter at Paducah is only 9.6 inches, and about 9 inches was received from Feb. 7-9 this year.

At Evansville, the snowfall so far this season has been 15.5 inches. This ranks as the 10th snowiest such period. The snowiest such period on record was 25.7 inches in 1976-77. The 2nd snowiest such period was 22.9 inches in 1977-78. The mean snowfall for an entire winter at Evansville is only 13.3 inches.

The short-range outlook calls for temperatures to warm to above normal levels, so the winter as a whole may not rank among the ten coldest.

UNUSUAL?

If it seems like the weather has been a bit unusual the past couple years, your perception would be correct. Last winter (2009-10) was the sixth coldest winter on record at Paducah. Last summer was tied for the hottest summer on record at Paducah. This winter may end up among the ten coldest. In addition, precipitation patterns were unusual. Paducah experienced its 4th driest year on record in 2010. Finally, the number of severe weather events in 2010 was the lowest annual total in the NWS Paducah forecast area of responsibility since the modernized office opened in 1994.

 

 



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