Summary of Meteorological Winter 2012/2013

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By Scott Cimini on March 1, 2013, 5:55pm Last modified: March 4, 2013, 3:25pm

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The Northeast has been the center of many weather events over the past couple of years.  First we had that crazy January in 2011 that dropped a lot of snow on Connecticut.  We also had Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, and the Blizzard of 2013 just to name a few more.  Here is a breakdown of this past meteorological winter that just ended on February 28th.  I compiled all the climate data from December 1st to February 28th to show everyone the highlights from the winter. 

My station is located near the center of town in North Haven.  Typically we receive 25” of snow for that 3 month period.  This time we ended up with 50.7" which is more than double the usual amount.  It felt a lot like January of 2011 for the two weeks following the Blizzard of 2013.  Additionally, we exceeded the seasonal amount of snow from just that one storm! 

Temperatures were above normal (again) as the average high temperatures were 4 degrees above normal (41 vs. 37).  We had our fair share of cold days as well and some mild ones.  The wind storm that we had on 1/31/13 included temperatures that nearly hit 60 degrees!  Once the front passed through the area the temperatures plummeted and the high temperature on 2/1/13 was only 32.  

Specific Data:

Average low: 26.2°
Average high: 40.9°
Mean: 33.8°
Highest: 60° (12/3/12)
Lowest: 2° (2/10/13)
Highest dew point: 58° (1/31/13)

Rainfall:

Total, including melted snow: 8.51”
Greatest: 1.21” (2/27/13)

Snowfall:

Total: 50.7”
Greatest: 30” – (2/8-9/13)

Wind:

Highest gust: 31 mph on 1/31/13

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Scott Cimini

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