Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Updating This Winter's Snowfall


Philadelphia picked up 1.1" of snow as the "official" total for the storm system that moved through yesterday, bringing our winter total to 8.3" overall, with no single event bringing more than 1.5" to Philadelphia.  Over the past 60 years, there have been five winters where we have failed to pick up two inches of snow in a single event -- 1956-57, 1958-59, 1972-73 (the "snowless" winter where the final tally was a trace), 1997-98, and this winter.  Given that, know that it's the snowiest winter in Philadelphia under those nickel-and-dime circumstances since at least the mid 1950's.

Around the region, the winter's snowfall has been rather pittance in nature...the region's official snowfall totals vary from around 34" in Scranton to 21" in Allentown to 14.5" in Atlantic City.  The low end on the totem pole in the immediate area is not us in the city but is Wilmington, with just 5.5" for the winter.  Among non-official sites, snowfall totals vary a bit more...generally in the teens or low 20's across the northern suburbs, high single digits and teens south of the city depending on location.  Average snowfall in Atlantic City, Newark, and New York City is not too far away from what they picked up this winter (average is 15.7" in AC, 27.6" in Newark, 28.4" in Central Park).

While the snowbirds may not enjoy the fact that this winter didn't produce enough snow, keep in mind that last winter's total was just four inches.  It could have been worse but at least we more than doubled last winter.