Recap of the Winter Season

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 12:44pm

We are now a few days into astronomical Spring. I wanted to take a few moments to look back at how this past winter stacked up to winters in the past. Let's start with the average temperature. This winter was actually a little mild believe it or not. We ended up with the 25th warmest winter on record for Rowan County.

The lack of snowfall late in the season certainly had many snow lovers longing for just one more decent snowfall. We only received one decent snowfall here in the county and it was early in the season back in early December. This winter ended up being the 39th snowiest winter on record for Rowan County as we did finish above average with snowfall coming in at 6.5 inches at the airport.

The big story of this winter was the amount of rainfall we received. It seemed like all it did was rain. Would you believe that even with the amount of rainfall we received there were 30 other winters with more rainfall accumulation? This winter came in at the 31st wettest for the county.

 

Taking a look back to Halloween Day of 2018 when I released my Long Range Winter Forecast lets see how my predictions stood up

  • I forecast highs in the 50's and lows in the 30's for the winter with some occasional cold fronts bringing freezing temperatures to the county. The average temperature of 44.2° makes me feel like I got a win there.
  • I forecast a total of 4-7 inches for snowfall this winter. We ended up officially with 6.5 inches of snowfall at the airport. I will mark that up as a win.
  • The area of my forecast that did not come to fruition was the best changes for snowfall. I forecast that our best chance would be from mid January to mid February. That did not play out and I got a loss there. 

 

Now it's time to look ahead to what Spring has in store for us. I will certainly keep you updated right here and on social media as we continue to move through the Spring season. As always thank you for following Rowan County Weather! 

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