Winter, Where Are You?

January 18th, 2013 at 9:24 pm by under Weather

Snow Covered Car, Andrea Balderas

Before I get into the stats for this winter so far, I am sorry if you are offended about what I am going to say right now.  I like winter, I really do.  I grew up in Minnesota and remember snow drifts at the end of the driveway that were so tall, my dad put an orange foam ball on the antenna of our 1968 Volkswagen Beetle so people could see him backing out of the driveway.  I remember learning how to drive in the snow and whipping my first doughnut.  I remember building snow forts and going sledding on snow days.  Now, I don’t expect to see that here in the Fort Wayne, but our average seasonal snow fall is 33.6″.  (Minneapolis is about 45″).

So, where is our winter?

Let’s break down some stats to compare this winter to average.  Instead of using astronomical winter, (solstice to equinox), I will just say the months of December and January so far:

  • Average December Temperature: 36.3°, which is 7.2° above average.
  • Average January Temperature so far: 28.5°, which is 3.4° above average.
  • Total Snow Since October 1st: 9.8″
  • Total Snow to date compared to average: 6.5″ behind for the season.  (Based on a 30 year average, we should expect 16″ total by today.)
  • Lowest Minimum Temperature: 2° on 2 January 2013
  • Lowest Maximum Temperature: 19° on 2 January 2013

Needless to say, when it comes to temperatures, I don’t think winter has arrived yet.  Honestly, I have yet to wear my winter coat.   When it comes to snowfall, chalk it up to Murphy’s Law:  I have a Jeep Wrangler and Mother Nature doesn’t want me to use my 4 wheel drive.

So, winter, where are you?   Maybe the answer is in the next 7 days with highs only in the teens and upper single digits on Monday and Tuesday with overnight lows near or slightly below zero.   As of today, the outlook for precipitation is looking above average, not for the next week, but for the last week of the month.  Maybe we will get caught up on snow then.

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