It's been a strange winter. A lack of cold air and a lack of snow have many people across Virginia longing for white, wintry scenes. Our lack of snow is not unique - it has been this way for most of the country!
Our friends at McCormick Observatory (where the official climate records for Charlottesville are kept) have crunched the numbers for our winter so far and the results confirm what we already know - winter has been a stranger to central Virginia.
For the period of time from December 1, 2011 - January 19, 2012 the average temperature places us at the 9th warmest winter on record, with an average temperature of 41º! Of course that statistic could change if February turns out to be unseasonably cold. Interestingly, for the same time period two years ago (when we were seeing BIG TIME snow) we were in the midst of our 10th coldest winter with an average temperature of 34.5º! In addition to being warm this winter, we haven't had much snow at all. Our seasonal snowfall total stands at a measly half an inch and it looks to stay that way for quite some time. No snow chances are in our forecast and next week is looking warmer than average, with highs in the 50s.
Have you enjoyed this warm winter? Do you think it could lead to problems for us later in the year? I welcome your comments at the bottom of this blog!
Until next time...