Time for a check on the snowfall for this winter season. Maybe the title of this blog is an understatement, but let’s take a deeper look at the numbers.
We picked up an additional 5.0″ of snow over the weekend at T.F. Green Airport, bringing this season’s total to 38.1″.
We are nearly 14inches above average for the date!
What is actually more amazing is that we have gotten more snow this year than last year at this time — keep in mind that we already had the blizzard with 18 inches of snow by this time last February. That goes to show you the number of bouts of snow we’ve endured this winter season.
During this winter, we’ve had 22 days of measurable snowfall so far. During the winter of 2012-13, we had 18 days of measurable snowfall up to February 16. So, we’ve been shoveling a little more often this year.
There has not been one calendar day with more than 5 inches of snow this season, and the highest snow total for one storm was 7.2″ during the first week of January. The February blizzard last year certainly skewed the numbers for last winter.
Where does this winter stack up all time for Providence? We’ve still got a long way to go, but this winter ranks about 40th all time for the snowiest winters at TF Green Airport, where the state’s climatological records are kept. Snowfall measurements have been taken there since 1904.
The National Weather Service released this list of the top 10 snowiest winters all time for the major cities of Southern New England.
Courtesy: Boston National Weather Service
Perhaps you remember some of these winters…like ’77-’78 or the ultimate winter of ’95-96. Let’s hope this winter doesn’t come close to 1995-96 when all of Southern New England was buried with more than 100 inches of snow! I think most people are snow fatigued at this point with only 38inches of snow.
-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo