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And The Bronze Medal For Warmest Winter Goes To...

March 1, 2012 - 05:00 AM
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Meteorological winter ended yesterday and the 2011-2012 winter season will go on record as the 3rd warmest winter ever.

With all the mild days we've had this winter, we've been discussing the possibility of breaking winter temperature records. Now meteorological winter is over and the results are in.  This winter will go on record as the 3rd warmest.

Winter in D.C. averages 38°.  This year winter ended with an average of 43.4°, beating 2002's average of 43.2° (just barely!).  So, were we anywhere close to getting the silver or gold medal?  Not really.  The second warmest winter in D.C. was back in 1890 with an average temperature of 44.3°.  The all time warmest winter on record was set back in 1932 with an average of 44.6°.


 Here are a few highlights from this winter:

- 70 days, out all 91 days this winter, were above average.  That's about 75%!
- Out of these 91 winter days, 18 were 60° or higher. 
- The highest temperature this winter was set on Feb. 1st with a high of 72°. 
- The highest temperature in January was 68° (Jan. 7th) and in December the highest temperature was 63° (Dec. 15th).
- The lowest temperature recorded all winter was 17° (Jan. 4th).


So, if you were wondering, after all of those mild winter days, if we would break any records, well you can now tell your friends that this was, indeed, a record breaking winter. D.C. has taken over the bronze medal! Now let's see what spring and summer bring.

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