From the ABC 7 Weather team

Climate statistics for Meteorological Winter

March 2, 2012 - 04:00 AM
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Did this go down as the warmest winter of all time? Not quite, but it wasn't far off!

March 1st is known as the start of Meteorological Spring. The period that meteorologists use to keep climate records for winter (December through February) is now over. Let's go over some of the numbers provided to us by the National Weather Service office in Sterling, VA.

Temperatures

Dulles Airport ranked as the warmest winter of all time with an average of 40.1 degrees. This breaks the previous mark of 39.8 degrees set back in 2001-02. Remember the climate record only goes back to 1963 at Dulles.

Reagan National posted its 3rd warmest winter of all time. This is behind the 1931-32 and 1889-90 winters.

BWI Thurgood Marshall recorded its 7th warmest winter of all time and the warmest winter since 1949-50.

Snowfall

Dulles Airport recorded 3.1 inches of snow this winter. The lowest snowfall recorded there was 0.3 inches in 1972-73. If no additional snowfall is measured, then it would be the 3rd least snowiest on record.

Reagan National recorded 2 inches of snow. The lowest snowfall total was 0.1 inches set back in 1972-73 and 1997-98. If no additional snowfall is measured, then it would be the 3rd least snowiest on record.

BWI Thurgood Marshall recorded 1.8 inches of snow this winter. The lowest snowfall total was 0.5 inches in 1949-50. If no additional snowfall is measured, then it would also be the 3rd least snowiest on record.

Could we have more snow? The outlook is doubtful, though it has happened plenty in the past.

Blame the Groundhog?

Random Stats

I'd really like to thank the NWS again for going through this. I love random statistics. It makes me feel like I'm on Sportscenter or something.

The daily maximum temperature at Reagan National was above freezing on all but one day this winter. Only 6 other winters had one or no days that failed to break the freezing mark (High temperature below 32 degrees). The only two winters that didn't have a freezing day were 1931-32 and 1997-98.

Related: What will March Bring?

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