“Snow Drought”, But No Drought

Feb. 9, 2017: It has not looked like winter since December. We’ve had our cold days, yet it seems like anytime we get precipitation, it’s been warm enough for rain, not snow. This has left us in a “snow drought”, yet we aren’t in an actual drought. Here’s the breakdown:

December was above average, but then we’ve had zilch for snow since then. January was the 8th least snowiest, and so far (things can still change over the next 2 1/2 weeks!) February is tied for the least snowiest (again, with 18 days to go).

This only tells half the story, as we are sitting pretty well with water so far this winter. December was just a hair below average for precipitation (this includes rainfall and if you melted all the snow down and measured the total), January was fairly rainy and nearly 1″ above average, and so far February is right on track. We have more rain in the forecast this weekend, so February’s average start shouldn’t change.

Long-range outlooks point to more precipitation, but it’s too early to say with any certainty what and how much we’ll get.

-Alex

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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on February 9, 2017

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