Winter 2016-2017 recap

March 2nd, 2017: Welcome to Meteorological Spring 2017! For record-keeping purposes, Winter starts on Dec. 1 and ends on Feb. 28/29. And what a winter this past one was!

We saw plenty of snow…then barely any snow. There were some cold days early…then it felt like spring for what felt like half of February.

Overall, we saw 17″ of snow, which is over a foot below average. Taking a closer look, nearly all of that fell in December! February 2017 ended up tied for 2nd least snowiest, and for a while, it was looking like we may tie for first with barely anything falling.

In fact, just today, we exceeded February’s total for snowfall in the first two days of March!

Don’t worry about being too dry, however; we had nearly 6″ of liquid precipitation (both rain and snow, if melted to its rain equivalent), which was over an inch above average.

The amount of warmth felt over the second half of the winter was pretty impressive. This of course led to conditions being too warm for snow much of the time we saw precipitation. February 2017 was the warmest for Rockford! The winter overall was the 8th warmest on record, with records going back to 1905 in this case.

Other records of note:

  • February 22nd tied the warmest winter temperature on record at 70°
  • Rockford saw the longest stretch of 60°+ days in the winter at 6 days in a row
  • That same warm streak came in 2nd for days in a row at 50°+ at 7 days
  • 5 of the top 10 warmest winter days on record came this February

Check back in on the blog soon- we’ll be taking a look ahead to March and what Meteorological Spring may have in store for us.

-Alex

 

 

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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on March 2, 2017

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