As the last few calendar days of February get flipped over, it also signifies the end of Meteorological Winter. Simply put, the three coldest months of the year define Meteorological Winter. So, meteorologists crunch the numbers for snowfall and temperatures from December 1-February 28 (or 29 if a leap year) to put in the books at the end of the season. How did this winter rank for Washington?
The all-important factor is snowfall. Didn’t see much this year, did we? Nope and it sure was a dry winter! Here are the numbers from each of the big airports in the region, plus Hagerstown.
The Washington-Baltimore metro areas didn’t see the snowy side of winter last year either.
Even though above average again this year, temperatures were TWICE as warm last year. Check out the numbers below from the official reporting station in Washington, Reagan National Airport.
The winter of 2011-2012 was the last time the winter was cooler than average. Please note the FINAL calculation will be done after the month ends and the Weather Service crunches the numbers.
As we close out the winter season, there’s a better chance of rain than snow by Tuesday followed by more seasonal temperatures and a few spits of rain, sleet or snow to close out the month. More than likely the temperatures through Thursday, February 28 will not have much of an impact on the outcome of the overall average winter temperature for the Washington area.
Cheers to spring!