Part one of a three-part series recapping the harsh winter that hit the nation this season
It’s been a rough, memorable winter season – and it’s doesn’t appear over yet.
But even with all that salting, shoveling, slipping and sliding, it still wasn’t the worst winter on record.
Valerie Meola, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service Mt. Holly, NJ station, said that the 2013-14 winter still only ranks third in most snowfall on record at 55.4 inches.
The 2009-10 season still tops the list at 72.8 inches, with second place belonging to the winter of 1995-96 at 55.9 inches, Meola said.
Meola said that their records are crafted from physical observations by folks who are private citizens that in s ome cases have been reporting data for years.
Regarding the historical numbers, while several record temperature lows were made this year – most recently on March 13, when it dipped to a frosty 8 degrees – most of the records set this year, Meola said, were snowfall records.
In the case of the rough 2013-14 season, Meola said that weather is based on patterns driven by various factors like the jet stream and rapidly changing temperatures.
“This winter, it’s been colder than normal and snowier than normal, but the past few winters have been fairly calm, or at least closer to normal – maybe better than normal, depending who you ask,” Meola said. “So this winter may seem extreme, but in the big realm of things seasons change and things vary from year to year.”
Area Totals – Greenville/Talley stations:
Dec. 8: 6.40"
Dec. 10: 3.60"
Jan. 2: 5.60"
Jan. 21: 11.50"
Jan. 25: 1.30"
Feb. 3: 2.50"
Feb. 9: 1.80"
Feb. 12: 14.40"
Feb. 18: 2.00"
Feb. 25: 1.60"
March 3: 2.50"
March 16: 3.40"
Total Inches: 56.6”
(This is an average of several stations, including Greenville, Claymont and Talley, and not a direct inch total)
(Information courtesy DelDOT)